Resident plays integral role in ethical conference

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Engaging resident has made everyone happy with decision

Almonte Country Haven staff members recently faced an ethical issue when a resident with a terminal illness made a request to not have a feeding tube inserted once the illness reaches an advanced stage.

After the resident made this request, administrator Marilyn Colton, staff members, the home’s physician, the resident’s family and the resident met to discuss the issue.

The decision was that a feeding tube would not be used once the resident reaches the end-of-life stage. Instead, staff members are to use comfort measures.

“We listened to what the resident’s preferences were; the resident was very adamant about what they wanted and what they didn’t want, so it was really a very simple conference,” Colton tells The OMNIway.

All the options of what the staff members could do were explained to the resident to help with the decision, Colton says.

She notes the resident feels that inserting a feeding tube would impede on quality of life and therefore is not an option to be considered.

Almonte Country Haven, like OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is dedicated to serving residents’ wishes, and knowing that the resident is happy with the decision makes staff members happy, too, Colton says.

“It was an easy ethical issue to work with and everybody felt really good afterwards,” she adds. “We are meeting the resident’s needs by doing what the resident wants us to do.”

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Almonte Country Haven residents are seen here along with the home’s new aquarium.

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Almonte Country Haven hosted a card-game fundraiser Feb. 14 that brought 54 people to the home.

Almonte Country Haven hosted a card-game fundraiser Feb. 14 that brought 54 people to the home.

54 people visit home to play cards and spend time with residents and staff

Almonte Country Haven used Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to engage the local community in everything the home has to offer – and in an environment that made the experience fun for all.

The Lanark County long-term care home integrates with the community in many ways, and hosting card-playing, fundraising events, like the one on Feb. 14, is one avenue used.

At these events guests can play the game of their choice: bridge, euchre, bid euchre or cribbage. As well, this initiative provides for additional funding for residents’ individualized activities and core programs.

Fifty-four people attended the card-playing event, with many using the venue as an opportunity to visit friends living at the home, which, as administrator Marilyn Colton points out, enhances residents’ quality of life.

But events like this also showcase the home’s strengths, she adds. Almonte Country Haven, like many of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes, is in a rural area and has a close-knit, homey feel, which is a hallmark of its culture.

“Guests do experience the attractiveness of our small home and the warmth and friendliness of our staff as they are greeted (and) organized into their teams,” Colton tells The OMNIway. “(Guests also) enjoy a healthy lunch and socialize throughout the afternoon.”

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Dancing the afternoon away at Almonte

The Hy-Liners, a dancing group, are seen here performing for Almonte Country Haven residents and staff Jan. 22.

The Hy-Liners, a dancing group, are seen here performing for Almonte Country Haven residents and staff Jan. 22.

Noted dance troupe stops by to entertain residents, staff

The spirit of the important OMNI Health Care value of “fun and laughter” resounded throughout Almonte Country Haven during a Jan. 22 visit from a noted group of local dancers who stopped by to lead a program.

That afternoon, the Lanark County long-term care home played host to the talented Hy-Liners, a group of line dancers who demonstrated their moves for everyone — and took time to teach.

The Hy-Liners are a popular group of volunteers that visit seniors in long-term care homes and hospitals throughout the region.

Their visit engaged residents and staff members, who joined in on some of the dances, which were fun and provided a source of exercise as well as entertainment.

And, of course, there were “lots of laughs” while everyone learned some new moves, says Naomi Redner, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Having high-quality, in-home entertainment is important for long-term care residents, and the Hy-Liners delivered the goods, she adds.

“This group of dance volunteers brought many smiles to our residents and (they were) able to warm up a cold winter’s day,” says Redner.

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Almonte Country Haven resident Vi Larose sits in front of her birthday cake surrounded by loved ones who came to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Almonte Country Haven resident Vi Larose sits in front of her birthday cake surrounded by loved ones who came to celebrate her 100th birthday.

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Almonte Country Haven resident Vi Larose is seen here spending time with niece Sharon Pottle.

Almonte Country Haven resident Vi Larose is seen here spending time with niece Sharon Pottle.

Entertainment, food and social life are among home’s strengths, says 90-Plus Club member

Monday, July 21, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Meet Vi Larose, a member of Almonte Country Haven’s 90-Plus Club.

Vi, who will turn 100 on Nov. 5, has been a resident at the Lanark County long-term care home about a year. She and her niece, Sharon Pottle, say they are happy with all aspects of life at Almonte Country Haven from the food, to the entertainment to the kind, caring staff who always have time for residents.

A lifelong resident of Almonte, Ont., Vi says her favourite aspect of life at the OMNI Health Care home has been the people she lives with as well as the staff.

“The people are all so friendly,” she says.

Sharon adds that Vi’s had a much more active social life since moving into Almonte Country Haven. When entertainers come in, Vi is “always sitting up in the front row,” she says.

“And Vi really loves the staff,” Sharon says.

Vi and Sharon also compliment Almonte Country Haven’s kitchen staff for the food served. Vi says the meals are enjoyable and she likes the fact that there’s always choice provided at mealtimes. There’s always snacks provided throughout the day, too, she adds.

Asked what she wants to do for her milestone birthday, Vi’s answer is straightforward: “Be happy.”

Almonte Country Haven launched the 90-Plus Club in June. The club is designed to honour residents who are nonagenarians and centenarians — people in their 90s and 100s.

The 90-Plus Club has 26 residents, with some nearing the 100-year mark. The purpose of the club is to “recognize, demonstrate our respect and acknowledge those residents who have reached 90 years or more,” explains administrator Marilyn Colton.

As part of the 90-Plus Club, members have the opportunity to choose activities and contribute to the home’s newsletter, Small Home, Big Hearts, and, if they choose, be profiled in the bimonthly OMNIway print piece.

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