Sonia Murney comes ‘home’ to Springdale

Sonia Murney (centre) is seen here in this Dec. 14, 2014 file photo with representatives from the Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild. Sonia, who has worked at Springdale Country Manor and Riverview Manor in the past, recently returned to Springdale as the home’s new full-time life enrichment co-ordinator.

New LEC a familiar face at Peterborough-area LTC home

Sonia Murney has worked in a few long-term care residences, but it’s Springdale Country Manor she considers “home.” Read more

Springdale residents sell cupcakes to raise $120 for Humane Society

Springdale Country Manor residents (left to right) Ruth Maw and Juanita Blake are seen here selling cupcakes at the home Feb. 26.

‘They had a really fun day selling the cupcakes’

A group of Springdale Country Manor residents and staff members got together in late February to bake a variety of cupcakes that were sold to raise money for the Peterborough Humane Society. Read more

Woodland Villa delivers tai chi, yoga programming for first time

Residents’ council requested these programs and staff followed through

When members of Woodland Villa’s residents’ council asked the life enrichment department to include tai chi and yoga classes on the programming calendar, the team complied. Read more

Forest Hill revamping Snoezelen room to better meet residents’ needs

Staff plans to use Snoezelen interventions to prevent agitation as well as teach families how they can use the room

Forest Hill has been busy revamping its Snoezelen room to better meet residents’ needs, and staff members say they’re planning to have the freshly renovated room completed in the coming weeks. Read more

(VIDEO) Streamway residents visited by several species of exotic animals

Streamway Villa recently had a chance to interact with several exotic animals, including a chinchilla, a rabbit, bearded lizards, a Burmese python, a tarantula and even an alligator. Read more

Forest Hill remembers resident Joan Leclaire as a ‘true inspiration’

Joan Leclaire is seen here with the Lifetime Achievement Award she received from Forest Hill in September.

Residents, families and staff are saddened by her sudden passing

Joan Leclaire is being remembered as a much-loved Forest Hill resident who was a “true inspiration” as an outspoken advocate for others living at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home and as someone who made a profound impact on people. Read more

LEA underscores value of including families in programming

Life enrichment aide Shannon Lynch (left) and personal support worker Becky Smith (right) join outreach worker France Jalbert (centre) as she plays her ukulele for residents at Forest Hill.

‘I have so many family members who want to come in for certain programs, just because they see the joy that the programming is giving their loved ones’

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch says she engages Forest Hill’s residents’ family members in programming for two reasons: it makes everyone happy and family members get to see first-hand how their loved one’s quality of life is being enhanced. Read more

LEA discusses strengths needed when leading programming for residents with cognitive impairment

‘You have to adapt to the environment, the situation and the behaviour at the moment’

Forest Hill life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch says leading programming with residents who have cognitive impairment requires team members to focus on preventing responsive behaviours while being a multitasker who is caring for each resident’s needs. Read more

Expert offers tips on helping people with dementia enjoy meals

‘Be patient are the key words here’

It can be challenging to encourage people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to eat full meals, but Bob DeMarco, an expert on Alzheimer’s disease and founder of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, has provided some ideas to help caregivers. Read more

Riverview St. Paddy’s party celebrates all things Irish

Pictured above, Riverview Manor residents and staff members were decked out in green for the home’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

More than 60 residents and family members attend evening of fun and entertainment

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Everyone was a bit Irish at Riverview Manor on the evening of March 16, as the Peterborough long-term care home celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with food and entertainment. Read more