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Fresh-baked buns wowing Country Terrace residents

Country Terrace nutritional care manager Alex Achillini is seen here rolling out dough to make fresh, from-scratch dinner rolls.

Every Wednesday the nutritional care team is baking fresh dinner rolls for residents, and the residents are loving it

As part of Country Terrace’s mission to continually improve the quality of food service at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home, the nutritional care team is baking homemade buns every Wednesday to serve with dinner. Read more

Workshop helps ease NCMs’ concerns surrounding implementation of IDDSI framework

‘I think everyone left feeling more comfortable with IDDSI, and I think that was a really big step forward for us’

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Chris Weber says the major successes stemming from a May 17 workshop focused on helping OMNI Health Care nutritional care managers (NCMs) implement the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework were that everyone left feeling less anxiety about the implementation process and managers got to see how IDDSI will look in their homes, once it’s adopted in 2019. Read more

Redeveloped OMNI homes will accommodate present and future LTC needs

Architects from G architects, pictured above, will be working on designs for four OMNI long-term care homes.

Wider corridors and doorways, greater privacy and more homelike environments are among the major improvements residents and staff will see, says architect

Wider corridors and doorways, greater privacy and more homelike environments – these are among the improved features residents and staff members will first notice once four OMNI Health Care long-term care homes complete their redevelopment in 2022, says Matt Galvin. Read more

Sometimes location is everything, says Streamway Villa LEC

Streamway Villa

Being near downtown Cobourg means Streamway residents get lots of high-quality outings

There is a lot going on in downtown Cobourg during summer, and Streamway Villa’s central location makes it easy to deliver fun, meaningful activities to residents, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty. Read more

Homemade baking: it’s the Almonte Country Haven way

Pictured above, just a few examples of the many homemade foods prepared at Almonte Country Haven every day.

Baking everything from scratch is a cornerstone of the home’s quality commitment to residents

If there’s one thing nutritional care manager Dave Benn takes great pride in, it’s the fact that virtually all of the baked goods he and his team serve each day at Almonte Country Haven are made from scratch. Read more

Frost Manor residents enjoy a day of ‘horsing around’

Frost Manor resident Jean Gibb is seen here giving a kiss to a horse during a visit to a local farm, as Tanya Smith looks on. Tanya, who works in Frost Manor’s environmental services department, organized the trip to the farm, which is owned by her mother-in-law, Nancy DeGeer.

15 residents take 2nd trip to staff member’s in-laws’ family farm to visit horses and enjoy a day in the country

LINDSAY, Ont. – The day may have started off with pouring rain, but even that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 15 Frost Manor residents and staff members who paid a visit to Tanya Smith’s mother-in-law’s farm near Lindsay on June 13. Read more

OMNI working to standardize food service for residents on dysphagia diets

Pictured above, a diagram of the IDDSI framework, which OMNI is working towards implementing.

Organization will become an early adopter of IDDSI framework, in an effort to enhance quality and safety

OMNI Health Care is embarking on a project to adopt the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), a worldwide framework for creating consistent definitions of thickened fluids and texture-modified foods, in an effort to enhance food quality and safety in its 18 long-term care homes. Read more

Link between quality and care delivery strengthened at 2017 Quality Forum

Presentations highlight this important connection

CALABOGIE, Ont. – There is a strong link between quality and care delivery in long-term care, and one of the goals of OMNI Health Care’s 2017 Quality Forum was to highlight this connection. Read more

Outstanding participation a major highlight of 2017 OMNI Quality Forum

‘Those meddling kids’! Rosebridge Manor team members dressed up as characters from the Scooby Doo cartoon series as part of a 1970s-themed evening at OMNI Health Care’s 2017 Quality Forum at Calabogie Peaks Resort.

‘Everybody who came was here to participate. Nobody held back’

CALABOGIE, Ont. – Asked what stands out most for him about the 2017 OMNI Health Care Quality Forum, Patrick McCarthy, the organization’s president and CEO, says it’s the high level of participation and engagement from the more than 130 team members attending. Read more

New Burnbrae Gardens colouring program is proving beneficial to residents with dementia

‘I’ve never seen the residents so engaged and focused’

A resident at Burnbrae Gardens who is living with cognitive impairment sometimes becomes agitated and upset. But when life enrichment staff hand the resident some pencil crayons and pages from a colouring book, she will immediately become calm and focused. Read more