‘We do a lot of muddin’ ’

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Kentwood Park LEC’s annual vacation features lots of mud, power and cherished family time

It’s easy to imagine motors revving, squeals of laughter and mud flying when Kentwood Park life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lisa Mills describes her family’s unique vacation tradition. Read more

Village Green team member has a fascinating underwater hobby

Seen above, a photo of a female blacktip reef shark, taken in Roatan, Honduras, during one of Brian MacPherson’s diving trips.

Seen above, a photo of a female blacktip reef shark, taken in Roatan, Honduras, during one of Brian MacPherson’s diving trips.

Brian MacPherson has gone diving, underwater exploring in both historic and exotic locations

Exploring the wonders that lie beneath Lake Ontario has been an important part of Village Green maintenance manager Brian MacPherson’s life for about 10 years. Read more

Making a difference, one plate at a time at Frost Manor

Pictured above are two lunchtime menu items recently served at Frost Manor: a pulled beef sandwich topped with crispy onions and an asparagus frittata.

Pictured above are two lunchtime menu items recently served at Frost Manor: a pulled beef sandwich topped with crispy onions and an asparagus frittata.

NCM discusses home’s recent culinary creations – and the difference great food is making

Frost Manor nutritional care manager (NCM) Neil MacDonald says he’s proud of the food he and his colleagues have been preparing for residents at the Lindsay long-term care home, noting the team has been putting a strong emphasis on the presentation of meals. Read more

Georgina Wiman shares why she loves being a PSW

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Letter to administrator outlines the impression residents have made on her

Shortly before Christmas, Garden Terrace personal support worker (PSW) Georgina Wiman was telling administrator Carolyn Della Foresta about some of the things she’s loved about her job during her nine years working at the Ottawa-area long-term care home. Della Foresta recommended Wiman write a letter outlining her thoughts, so that’s exactly what she did. Read more

(VIDEO) 2015 a year of ‘positive shifts’ at OMNI: Patrick McCarthy

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy characterizes 2015 as a year of “positive shifts” for the long-term care provider of 18 homes. Read more

Former Woodland PSW returns Christmas Day to help out

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Melody Letford and her daughter do residents’ hair and makeup, make day easier for staff

Melody Letford just couldn’t stay away from Woodland Villa on Christmas Day.

Although she no longer works at the Cornwall-area long-term care home as a personal support worker (PSW), Melody is well aware of the challenges team members face during the busy holiday season.

So, on Dec. 25, she and her daughter, Meghan, stopped by Woodland Villa to do residents’ makeup and hair.

Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for family visits at the 111-bed home, and residents always want to look their best. Knowing this, Melody didn’t think twice about volunteering her time.

“I wanted to do something with my daughter that was special on Christmas Day, and I missed being at the home,” Melody, who left her position at Woodland Villa about a month ago, tells The OMNIway.

“My daughter and I went over, and she did the makeup and I did their hair, and we had a great time talking to the residents. … It was really nice to be back to see the residents and the staff again.”

Ethel Britton, a registered nurse at Woodland Villa, says the gesture from Melody and Meghan was well-received by residents and staff members.

“On a busy day like Christmas, this meant a lot to residents and staff,” she says.

Kim Lama, Woodland Villa’s nursing administrative services manager, agrees.

“It was a great help for the PSWs working that day, and the ladies loved it,” she says.

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Maplewood DOC finds outlet in playing, coaching hockey

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Jackie Maxwell shares lessons learned on the ice with her long-term care team, and vice versa

Jackie Maxwell has sometimes wondered if she should quit playing and coaching hockey, especially given how much time it eats up – about 10 hours weekly. This is on top of her full-time job as director of care (DOC) at Maplewood. Read more

Trisha Tennant’s commitment to fitness fuels others

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Springdale PSW plans to focus on personal goals in 2016

On cold winter days, Trisha Tennant heads to the gym right after her eight-hour shift at Springdale Country Manor for a two-and-a-half hour workout. Once the weather warms up, she’ll mix that with some mountain biking in a nearby area. Read more

Campaign launches to dispel Alzheimer’s myths

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‘Words and actions are powerful and can change the story of dementia’

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is launching its annual awareness campaign today (Jan. 5) with the effort focused on changing people’s perception of Alzheimer’s disease as well as their behaviours toward those living with the condition. Read more

Rosebridge Manor’s resident focus shines bright in 2015

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Long-term care home reveals depth of commitment to honouring residents’ traditions, desires and gifts

Rosebridge Manor’s commitment to its residents shone through in a significant way in 2015, as several stories from this past year show. Read more