Blackout provides quality improvement experience for Almonte

Almonte Country Haven

Almonte Country Haven

Home realizes need for generator after losing electricity for 6 hours during storm

While a six-hour power outage during a recent snowstorm galvanized camaraderie among team members at the Lanark County long-term care home, the event also proved to be a learning experience, says administrator Carolyn Della Foresta. Read more

Almonte team spirit isn’t dimmed by blackout

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Residents, staff and families join together to get home through 6 hours without power

When a six-hour blackout rendered Almonte Country Haven without power on March 1, residents, staff members and families pulled together to minimize the impact on residents and demonstrate the community spirit that thrives at the Lanark County long-term care home. Read more

Almonte LEA’s drawings proving to be valuable resident engagement tools

Pictured above: Some of the artwork Almonte Country Haven LEA Mary O'Reilly has been creating on a whiteboard in the home. These drawings are proving to be an excellent resident engagement tool.

Pictured above: Some of the artwork Almonte Country Haven LEA Mary O’Reilly has been creating on a whiteboard in the home. These drawings are proving to be excellent resident engagement tools.

Mary O’Reilly’s weekly whiteboard sketches bringing in crowds, inspiring residents to draw

One day last May, Almonte Country Haven life enrichment aide (LEA) Mary O’Reilly decided on a whim to draw a picture of a pig on a whiteboard in the Lanark County long-term care home. Residents suddenly began gravitating to O’Reilly as she drew, and she could see that she was on to something. Read more

Almonte Country Haven is ‘a jewel in the community,’ say families

Almonte Country Haven

Almonte Country Haven

Administrator says listening to recommendations from staff, family members will be vital to keeping it that way

Carolyn Della Foresta recalls how when she first worked at Almonte Country Haven 25 years ago, the vast majority of residents came from areas within a 20-mile radius of the Lanark County long-term care home. Read more

Almonte Country Haven has been a ‘homecoming’ for administrator

Garden Terrace administrator Carolyn Della Foresta hugging one of her buddies at the long-term care home.

Carolyn Della Foresta is seen here hugging a Garden Terrace resident. Della Foresta recently became administrator at Almonte Country Haven.

Carolyn Della Foresta returns to where her LTC career began

Carolyn Della Foresta has had ties to Almonte Country Haven since the Lanark County long-term care home opened its doors in the early 1980s. Read more

Almonte staff comes together to help colleague

Almonte Country Haven staff members have been raising money for life enrichment aide Amanda Barrett, who is recovering following cancer surgery. Her co-workers are seen here holding a sign that reads “Cancer schmancer,” Barrett’s words for describing the disease.

Almonte Country Haven staff members have been raising money for life enrichment aide Amanda Barrett, who is recovering following cancer surgery. Her co-workers are seen here holding a sign that reads “Cancer schmancer,” Barrett’s words for describing the disease.

Amanda Barrett’s co-workers raising money to help her during cancer-surgery recovery

Staff members at Almonte Country Haven are demonstrating that it’s not only residents living at the Lanark County long-term care home who they provide care and compassion to – it’s also each other. Read more

Almonte’s Inspired Leader says award could have been presented to any of his colleagues

Almonte Country Haven

Almonte Country Haven

‘Everyone does such a great job here,’ says Clayton Donnelly

Clayton Donnelly says he was surprised when he learned he was Almonte Country Haven’s recipient of OMNI Health Care’s Inspired Leader award, “only because any one of our front-line or management staff could have won it.” Read more

Sarah Whyte’s passion for nursing brings her to different roles

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Sarah Whyte embraces a multi-faceted role at Almonte Country Haven.

RPN studying to be an RN takes on role of personal support worker

After enjoying five years as a registered practical nurse (RPN) at Almonte Country Haven, Sarah Whyte is now in the middle of completing her studies to become a registered nurse (RN). Read more

Bob Winkler committed to enjoying every day

 Keep on enjoying every day you wake up. That’s Bob Winkler’s encouragement to others.

Keep on enjoying every day you wake up. That’s Bob Winkler’s encouragement to others.

A rich life continues at Almonte Country Haven

Whether he’s spending hours outdoors, reading voraciously or playing a brilliant hand of bridge with friends, Bob Winkler is quietly relishing his time as a plus-90-year-old after a lifetime of adventure and hard work. Read more

‘There’s a first time for everything’

Shirley Melvin has been leading the Resident’s Council of Almonte Country Haven since 2012.

Shirley Melvin has been leading the Residents’ Council of Almonte Country Haven since 2012.

Resident Shirley Melvin ably leading Almonte Country Haven’s Resident’s Council

Shirley Melvin has good reason to be proud of the flower gardens brightening up Almonte Country Haven’s entranceway. It was she who suggested installing a rock border around the gardens, to prevent them from being walked over, as had been happening. Read more