KINGSTON, Ont. – OMNI Health Care’s 2015 managers’ forum was a resounding success in many ways, but president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says the OMNI Video Challenge was the pinnacle of the three-day event. Read more
Videographer Amber Pula found herself chuckling more than once as she edited the videos for OMNI Health Care’s first-ever video challenge. Though the topic of the videos was a serious one — quality care in long-term care homes — the brilliance of the videos was that they provided a way to blend fun, creativity and learning around an important issue.
“I think (this video challenge) has really opened up some avenues for creativity and learning to be united and that gets people excited about learning — which is the best way to go about it, I’d say,” says Amber, who brought her gifts of creativity, enthusiasm and the ability to help others execute their vision to the video challenge.
Amber’s own experience with this project proved to be a great blend of fun and learning.
She was joined by Axiom News colleagues Lisa Bailey and Deron Hamel in visiting all but two of OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes to shoot footage for the videos over a period of several weeks.
Co-ordinating and prepping for the visits offered lots of opportunity to practise and learn about being organized, she says.
Amber also learned a lot about the best ways of working with teams of people she’d never met before in order to create something new together. At the heart of this work is the importance of mutual respect, she says.
But in the end, what energized her most was the energy of the teams at each of the homes. “They were all super excited and they all wanted to do their best,” Amber says.
While that energy certainly made the filming a fun experience, it also enlivened the hours of solitary editing she experienced afterwards.
“It really helped when I was editing, because you could just see their energy,” Amber says.
“Even the bloopers helped keep me going as I was editing . . . I was just laughing,” she adds.
She recalls a visit to one of the homes in particular, Springdale Country Manor, in which everyone, including the residents, was laughing so hard during the videoing that a staff member got accused of wetting her pants. (That scene, by the way, did make it into the Springdale video).
The videos are being unveiled for the first time during this week’s OMNI manager’s forum. Participant voting will identify the winning entries. All of the videos will be available through OMNI’s Surge Learning educational management tool, becoming training and information resources for the homes.
KINGSTON, Ont. and PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The annual OMNI manager’s forum, currently underway in Kingston, includes an “Oscar awards night” ambience this year as the organization’s first-ever video challenge takes centre stage.
Over the past few months, each of the long-term care provider’s homes across Ontario have responded to the challenge to produce a brief video featuring the importance of one selected quality indicator.
Teams from the homes have gotten into the intended fun and creative spirit of the challenge, drawing in pop songs, classic cars and comedic bits among other elements.
The videos are being unveiled for the first time during the forum, taking place May 26-28. Participant voting will identify the winning entries.
Quality is a core theme of the 2015 manager’s forum, with an opening presentation centred on quality team leadership and another group session geared to building quality care teams.
In his address to managers, OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy said the next step in OMNI’s quality focus will be on enhancing engagement of residents, families and front-line staff.
“Our quality program is the centre of our universe and what we’re all about,” McCarthy told managers. “Quality care is our single most important goal.”
The focus on quality is important at this time given that as of April 1, Ontario long-term care providers are mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to publicly report on several areas of quality improvement.
Additional topics of discussion during the forum include ethical issues, and equity and diversity in long-term care.
Watch for more stories on the forum soon!
– With files from Deron Hamel
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