Village Green honours resident Micki Saunders with celebrations to mark her 100th birthday

Micki also received birthday wishes from the local MP, prime minister and Queen

Residents and staff members at Village Green sure know how to throw a party. Read more

EDITORIAL: Exciting year ahead for OMNI in 2019

It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for OMNI Health Care.

The big news, of course, is that four OMNI homes – Riverview Manor, Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa – are expected to start construction projects in the fall as part of the province’s strategy to redevelop 30,000 long-term care beds in Ontario by 2025.

But OMNI is also hopeful of receiving additional capital redevelopment funding to rebuild or improve some of its other homes.

The Ontario government announced its first round of redevelopment funding last spring. As part of this funding, Riverview Manor in Peterborough has been approved for a new 160-bed long-term care home to be built. Pleasant Meadow Manor (in Norwood) has received funding for a redevelopment project to include 35 new beds, Almonte Country Haven (in Lanark County) has been approved for 14 more beds, and Woodland Villa (in Long Sault) will be awarded 17 beds.

Construction on these projects is slated to be complete by December 2022.

We are hopeful to receive more bed licences in 2019 so we can move closer to meeting the government’s mandate to have all Ontario long-term care homes brought up to Class A homes by 2025.

Redeveloped long-term care homes will have an immensely positive impact on residents’ quality of life. Not only will homes be modernized, more spacious and have more amenities, but all homes will house only one- and two-bed rooms.

Residents, their families and staff members working in these homes have expressed their excitement and support for these projects.

This spring, the new Ontario government will release its first budget. There are challenges we face in the long-term care sector, and OMNI will be tracking any changes the Ford government makes so we can stay ahead of the curve. But having a new government also presents an opportunity for some of the challenges and issues we face in long-term care to be addressed.

Indeed, these are exciting times for OMNI and for the long-term care sector.

Forest Hill recognizes PSW with a ‘big heart’

Forest Hill personal support worker Saida Abdullahi is pictured here after receiving her Everyday Hero Award at a recent ceremony at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home.

Saida Abdullahi receives Everyday Hero Award

A quiet, genuine caregiver is receiving recognition for her kind-hearted contributions to Forest Hill. Read more

West Lake administrator offers advice to LTC homes on creating ‘wound rounds’ initiatives

Finding enthusiastic champions, personalizing care and collaboration

West Lake Terrace has improved skin integrity for the Prince Edward County long-term care home’s residents by initiating a “wound rounds” program to prevent skin issues and treating skin ulcers quickly and effectively when residents move into the home with these issues. Administrator Jackie Maxwell, who created the initiative, has advice for long-term care homes wishing to create their own program. Read more

New Almonte design’s strongest points are more privacy with continued ‘sense of community’: administrator

Matt Galvin of G architects is pictured here presenting Almonte Country Haven’s new design on Jan. 31.

Architects unveil new design to residents, families and staff

Almonte Country Haven residents, families and staff members got a preview on Jan. 31 of what the new Lanark County long-term care home will look like once its redevelopment project is complete in December 2022. Read more

Scottish spirit comes out during Forest Hill Burns Day celebration

Forest Hill resident Jeannie Tinklin and entertainer Dai Bassett share a moment during the home’s Jan. 25 Robbie Burns Day celebration.

Haggis, music and poetry mark the birthday of Scotland’s favourite son

Forest Hill hosted a fun day of all things Scottish Jan. 25 during the Kanata long-term care home’s annual Robbie Burns Day celebration. Read more

OMNI sees ‘tremendous progress’ in 2018: CEO

Redevelopment announcements, a four-year accreditation, improved quality indicators and a successful Quality Forum were some of the highlights

OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says 2018 was a hallmark year for the organization that brought many positive changes that furthered OMNI’s quality journey. Read more

Wound rounds initiative enhancing skin integrity for West Lake Terrace residents

Administrator Jackie Maxwell is applauding RAI co-ordinator Tanya Williams and CCC Amy Harper for championing the initiative

Since launching its “wound rounds” program in 2017, the West Lake Terrace team has been successful at healing lesions quickly for residents who move into the Prince Edward County long-term care home with skin issues. The team has also been successful at preventing skin lesions from occurring. Read more

Riverview placement is a perfect fit for OT/PT student who loves working with seniors

Fleming College occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant students Peterann Gray (left) and Mina Tran (right) are pictured here with their instructor, Natasha Annette-Lawrence. Four Fleming students are participating in a seven-week placement at Riverview Manor.

Mina Tran says working as a PSW provided insight into the benefits physiotherapy can bring seniors. Now she wants to deliver those same benefits

Mina Tran says it was while working as a personal support worker (PSW) that she saw physiotherapy assistants making a difference in seniors’ lives. The positive impact physiotherapy was having on people piqued her interest, Mina says. Read more