Burnbrae working to strengthen BSO team

Burnbrae Gardens

Burnbrae Gardens

‘Excited’ interdepartmental team attends workshop

A group of team members from Burnbrae Gardens recently attended a Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) workshop to support the home’s BSO team development.

Administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux along with front-line and dietary staff members attended the BSO Energize Your Team session on March 8.

Faux says the best thing about the event was the opportunity to bring an interdepartmental group together to learn about building a strong BSO team.

“I was pleasantly surprised about how excited they were about it,” she tells The OMNIway. “They have all committed to certain roles on the team.”

The group decided who would take minutes, who would create the whiteboard, and who would organize and invite people to the BSO team meetings.

“(The BSO team) is starting to come together now, so we’re really excited about the next couple of months,” Faux says.

While Faux and RAI co-ordinator Becky Brownson have been doing BSO work at the Campbellford long-term care home, they want to extend the knowledge to the other staff members. Attending the BSO Energize Your Team workshop provided them the opportunity to do this.

“It really was an eye-opener of a day for me, because we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel because now there are more people (at Burnbrae Gardens) who understand (BSO) better – and the people are committed,” she says.

BSO is a provincial initiative to help enhance quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that cause agitation. The funding, which is provided to long-term care homes through Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), is largely put towards staff education.

In its 2016-17 budget, the Ontario government pledged an investment of $10 million over the next three years to fund BSO.

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