Streamway bagpiper’s music strikes a chord with resident

Streamway Villa dietary aide Tammy Dunn (left) recently invited her bagpipe group to practise at the Cobourg long-term care home. Dunn is seen here after the session with resident David Foote. Following the session, Dunn had a special moment when she realized the difference the music had made to a resident who had remained in his room that evening.

Streamway Villa dietary aide Tammy Dunn (left) recently invited her bagpipe group to practise at the Cobourg long-term care home. Dunn is seen here after the session with David Foote, a resident who attended the event. Following the session, Dunn had a special moment when she realized the difference her music had made to a resident who had remained in his room that evening.

Tammy Dunn experiences a special moment with a resident after playing traditional Scottish pipes

Plenty of touching moments between residents and staff members happen in long-term care homes and one of those special moments recently took place at Streamway Villa. Read more

Willows Estate’s Western Day brings residents together, promotes collaboration

Residents and staff members from Willows Estate recently celebrated Western Day at the Aurora long-term care home.

Residents and staff members from Willows Estate recently celebrated Western Day at the Aurora long-term care home.

Program underscores value of theme days in LTC homes, says LEC

A spur-of-the-moment decision brought a western-themed event to Willows Estate residents that proved to be a valuable engagement tool. Read more

Petting zoo brings high resident engagement to Streamway Villa

A pair of sheep are seen here during Streamway Villa's Sept. 27 petting zoo.

A pair of sheep are seen here during Streamway Villa’s Sept. 27 petting zoo.

‘It was definitely a program that we will have to bring back,’ says LEC

After reading a story in The OMNIway about a petting zoo that was hosted at Maplewood in August, Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Verleysen decided to bring the program to the Cobourg long-term care home. Read more

Commitment to residents, staff earns Cheryl Lawlor Everyday Hero award

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‘She does whatever she needs to do and never expects anything in return,’ says manager

It’s not just the excellent work environmental services staff member Cheryl Lawlor does as part of her job description each day that makes her an “everyday hero” at Village Green – it’s also the “little extra things.” Read more

Riverview Manor championing low rate of antipsychotic administration

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Several interventions attributed to keeping home below provincial average in antipsychotic administration without a psychosis diagnosis

The Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) program,  a resident-centred assessment tool and closely monitoring medications have been key factors in keeping the rate of antipsychotic drug administration low for Riverview Manor residents who’ve not been diagnosed with psychosis. Read more

Local church continues to strengthen bonds with Lindsay LTC homes

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A Thanksgiving meal is the latest event Frost Manor invited to at St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary is commending St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Lindsay for its long-standing support of long-term care homes in the community, including a recent Thanksgiving lunch. Read more

Wildwood environmental services staffer’s positive work ethic commended

Environmental services staff member Helene Near (second from right) received Wildwood Care Centre's Everyday Hero award this year. The home recently hosted a ceremony to honour her and administrator Scott Walsh (far left) who received the home's Inspired Leader award.

Environmental services staff member Helene Near (second from right) received Wildwood Care Centre’s Everyday Hero award this year. The home recently hosted a ceremony to honour her and administrator Scott Walsh (far left) who received the home’s Inspired Leader award.

Helene Near is what an Everyday Hero is all about, says co-worker

When environmental services worker Helene Near walks down the hallways at Wildwood Care Centre she’s always smiling, a reflection of the positive attitude with which she approaches her work. Read more

Village Green continues to be restraint-free

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Success attributed to education and DOC’s commitment to ensuring residents’ quality of life

Shortly after Village Green clinical care co-ordinator Mary Lee Turcotte started her position in December 2014, she was about to put a wheelchair lap belt on a resident when she was promptly told by a staff member: “We don’t do that here.” Read more

Staff commended for helping make couple’s anniversary celebration special

Willows Estate resident Doreen Cowl and her husband Bill are seen here in two photographs: one from their wedding day in 1953 and one from their anniversary celebration on Sept. 30.

Willows Estate resident Doreen Cowl and her husband Bill are seen here in two photographs: one from their wedding day in 1953 and one from their anniversary celebration on Sept. 30.

Willows Estate helps resident Doreen Cowl and her husband toast 62 years

Willows Estate resident Doreen Cowl and husband Bill celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary at the Aurora long-term care home on Sept. 30 with the help of staff members. Read more

Almonte staff comes together to help colleague

Almonte Country Haven staff members have been raising money for life enrichment aide Amanda Barrett, who is recovering following cancer surgery. Her co-workers are seen here holding a sign that reads “Cancer schmancer,” Barrett’s words for describing the disease.

Almonte Country Haven staff members have been raising money for life enrichment aide Amanda Barrett, who is recovering following cancer surgery. Her co-workers are seen here holding a sign that reads “Cancer schmancer,” Barrett’s words for describing the disease.

Amanda Barrett’s co-workers raising money to help her during cancer-surgery recovery

Staff members at Almonte Country Haven are demonstrating that it’s not only residents living at the Lanark County long-term care home who they provide care and compassion to – it’s also each other. Read more