Training in LTC homes gives occupational therapy students important transferable skills

Fleming College instructor Jeanette Boersma (standing, far left) is seen here with some of her occupational therapy students and physiotherapist assistant Jody Harris.

Better communication and learning how to work with people with a broad range of abilities are some of the skills Fleming College students are perfecting at Riverview Manor

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Enhanced communication skills and experience working with people who have a broad range of physical and cognitive abilities – these are some of the key benefits Fleming College occupational therapy students are reaping through a nine-week placement at Riverview Manor, says their instructor, Jeanette Boersma. Read more

Fleming College students modify neck brace to help Riverview resident with Parkinson’s

Fleming College instructor Jeanette Boersma (standing, far left) is seen here with some of her occupational therapy students and physiotherapist assistant Jody Harris.

This is just one example of the benefits students bring to residents through placement partnership

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A group of Fleming College occupational therapy students and their instructor recently modified a neck brace for a Riverview Manor resident affected by Parkinson’s disease who was having difficulty keeping her head up while walking. Read more

Riverview Manor’s therapy partnership with Fleming College a ‘win-win’

Fleming College instructor Jeanette Boersma (standing, far left) is seen here with some of her occupational therapy students and physiotherapist assistant Jody Harris (standing, far right). The students are doing a placement at Riverview Manor as part of a partnership between the Peterborough long-term care home and college.

Residents get additional help in the physio program, while students gain valuable experience

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A collaboration between Riverview Manor and Fleming College’s occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant program is a “win-win” for both the Peterborough long-term care home and the students involved with the partnership, says instructor Jeanette Boersma. Read more

Riverview LEA spearheads another successful Movember campaign, raising $1,926

Life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum (far right, back row) poses with some of the Riverview Manor residents who participated in this year’s Movember fundraiser at the home.

Since 2012, Adam Wicklum and his team have raised $6,191 to support men’s health projects

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum once again spearheaded a successful campaign in November to support the Movember Foundation. Read more

Riverview NSM Neil MacDonald elected OSNM Kawarthas chapter rep

Neil MacDonald

Neil is the second straight OMNI team member to hold the position

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor nutritional care manager (NSM) Neil MacDonald has been elected to represent the Kawarthas chapter of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management (OSNM). Read more

Riverview’s inaugural open house engages families, staff and suppliers

Riverview Manor’s suppliers and partners gathered for an open house event at the Peterborough long-term care home on Sept. 22. The event served as an opportunity to educate people on the services provided to residents and staff.

First event of its kind also serves as an educational opportunity for families and staff

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor hosted an open house Sept. 22 to connect the Peterborough long-term care home’s family members, staff, suppliers and organizational partners. Read more

Riverview Manor Big Bike team raises $1,500-plus for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Riverview Manor's Big Bike team, pictured above, raised more than $1,500 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation on May 10.

Riverview Manor’s Big Bike team, pictured above, raised more than $1,500 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation on May 10.

Small team raises big money

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Fourteen people representing Riverview Manor peddled the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike around downtown Peterborough May 10, raising more than $1,500 for the organization. Read more

Riverview Manor receives iPods to enhance residents’ quality of life


New program aims to decrease agitation and behaviours through individualized music playlists

Riverview Manor recently received three iPod shuffles to help enhance quality of life for residents affected by cognitive impairment. Read more

‘It’s certainly Christmas at Riverview Manor’

 Baking, decorations and special events lead up to the holidays

November 26, 2013 — Jennifer Neutel

With Christmas a month away, residents at Riverview Manor have been busy baking goodies for their bake sale this Friday, just one of several events taking place at the Peterborough long-term care home leading up to the holidays.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney says the baking has produced smells throughout the home luring people into the activity room where residents and staff have been “little Betty Crockers.”

This past weekend residents and staff made fudge, peanut butter fudge, maple fudge, mincemeat tarts, cherry tarts and banana bread.

“They are the kings and queens of baking,” says Murney.

There is one rule: that the first batch is a taste test, and after that it’s for the bake sale, Murney says with a laugh.

The baking provides a time for memories and reminiscing.

“If you look at our residents and the religious factor where they would have been part of their church, and they would have been part of their church bazaar and it brings back true memories that way, as well as just the smells alone – it’s a warm and cozy feeling,” Murney tells The OMNIway.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Nov. 29 bake sale, which runs from 2-4 p.m. at the Peterborough home. Funds raised through the sale will go towards the residents’ council.

In addition to the delicious smells, the home looks festive for the holidays.

“It’s certainly Christmas at Riverview Manor. The home is beautifully decorated with the help of the residents as well as the activity department,” says Murney, noting the nursing stations on each side of the home takes on decorating their station.

The spirit of giving is also present at the home. Office manager Virginia Murphy says Riverview Manor is collecting toys for the Country 105 Christmas Toy Drive, which collects new unwrapped toys for The Salvation Army. People can drop donations off at the home until Dec. 14, when the Miracle Broadcast will happen live from Peterborough’s Lansdowne Place.

“It’s good to get involved in the community, we try to do that a lot,” notes Murphy.

Every year the home has a residents’ wish tree in its main office. The name of each resident is on the tree and people can pick a name and buy that resident a gift to open Christmas morning.

Jay Lough Hayes from Peterborough Realty is assisting with the residents’ wish tree for the second year through the Christmas Elves for Seniors program. This year Hayes took 18 resident names. St. Anne’s Church is also donating beautiful quilted lap blankets.

“There’s a ton of community involvement and donations that help out for every home,” says Murney. “It’s incredible everybody steps up to the plate this time of year and it’s wonderful the love that you get.”

During the first week of December the home hosts two Christmas turkey dinners for families.

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