Springdale getting creative to keep residents and staff cool

The home is finding different ways to keep everyone hydrated during the recent heatwave

With Ontario recently experiencing a heatwave with daytime temperatures regularly around 30 C, the Springdale Country Manor team has been putting forth an extra effort to keep residents and staff members cool and hydrated. Read more

‘My dad showed me what I was supposed to do in life’

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht, right, is pictured here with resident Vera Haden in this photo from autumn 2019.

Streamway Villa’s new LEC, Laurie Kracht, says caring for her father inspired her to pursue a career in LTC

Laurie Kracht became Streamway Villa’s new life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) in early July, and she credits her late father for inspiring her to take the career path that brought her to the Cobourg long-term care home. Read more

Splash party scores lots of laughter from Streamway residents

‘I have not seen some of the residents laugh like they did in a long time,’ LEC says

In an effort to beat the heat and have some outdoor fun, Streamway Villa organized a splash party for residents and staff members in the Cobourg long-term care home’s garden on July 22. Read more

LEC says she noticed the potential for Village Green’s garden from Day 1

Village Green residents practise social distancing while enjoying a performance from Breaking Chains on June 30.

‘I fell in love with the garden here during my interview,’ says Ulana Orrick

When Ulana Orrick was interviewing for the position of life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) at Village Green, one of the first things she noticed was the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s garden. Read more

OMNI teams continue tapping into their creativity to enhance quality of life during pandemic

Maplewood life enrichment aide Rosanne Blackburn, pictured above, recently dressed as Elvis and danced to one of the King’s songs for the home’s residents.

Staff members are coming up with ideas to keep residents happy while adhering to safety policies

While OMNI Health Care long-term care homes continue to navigate through the changes that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s team members have been demonstrating their creativity to keep quality of life high for residents. Read more

Streamway Villa residents treated to a special violin, guitar performance

Pictured above, Taylor Stacey plays violin for Streamway Villa residents from outside the fence that surrounds the home’s garden.

Student Taylor Stacey hosts a safe, outdoor show for residents

Since Taylor Stacey could not enter Streamway Villa due to restrictions in place during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the high-school student came up with a creative idea to safely bring some entertainment to residents of the Cobourg long-term care home. Read more

Balancing the risks and benefits of visitation during a pandemic

One of the greatest challenges the global COVID-19 pandemic has presented for long-term care homes is determining the balance between maintaining quality of life for residents while adhering to safety protocols to keep the extremely contagious virus out of homes. Read more

Village Green’s LEC reflects on starting a new job during a time of great change

Ulana Orrick (middle) began her position as Village Green’s life enrichment co-ordinator in late March, shortly after the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

‘I am absolutely loving it here, this is such a great little home,’ says Ulana Orrick

Ulana Orrick says she’s loving her job as Village Green’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), a position she started shortly after the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared. Read more

Riverview Manor’s BSO team has created a toolkit that’s preventing agitation in male residents

When team members see that a resident is agitated, they can provide them with a familiar object that redirects their attention and has a calming effect

When Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team members spot a male resident who is agitated or appears bored, they have a toolkit – quite literally – they can turn to that will prevent responsive behaviours. Read more

Family visits, outdoor time have been key to keeping residents’ spirits high at Kentwood Park

Kentwood Park

‘We want every single resident to be happy’

Given the restrictions in place in the long-term care sector since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in March, homes have concentrated on finding ways to keep residents’ spirits high while maintaining important safety protocols. Read more