Forest Hill is working on a makeover to enhance quality of life for residents with dementia

Secured units will soon feature brighter colours and items that bring back memories

Forest Hill is in the process of adding new colours and images to the walls in the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s secured areas in an effort to decrease agitation and increase the quality of life for residents affected by cognitive impairment. Read more

LEC underscores the value of encouraging residents to share their life stories

‘It’s their little life stories, and telling them can have a therapeutic benefit’

Last year, Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty helped a resident of the Cobourg long-term care home, whom we will call Sally, tell her story of what life is like living with Alzheimer’s. Read more

Alzheimer Society continues campaign to end stigma around dementia. Here’s why that’s important

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is now in the third year of its awareness campaign, “I live with dementia. Let me help you understand”. Through this initiative, Canadians who are living with cognitive impairment are coming forward to share their stories of living with dementia in an effort to stop the stigma attached to the condition. Read more

New programs to enhance residents’ quality of life on the horizon at Woodland

Woodland Villa

A new singing program and an innovative activity using touch-screen technology are among the additions

Woodland Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Lisa Doran says she and her team at the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home are looking forward to trying some innovative new programs designed to enhance the quality of life of residents living with cognitive impairment.
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Church group donating dolls, teddy bears to West Lake Terrace

Doll previously had positive impact on a woman with dementia, LEC says

A Prince Edward County ladies’ group is donating dolls and teddy bears to West Lake Terrace with the hope the items have a positive impact on residents with dementia. Read more

Rosebridge Manor enjoys partnership with local Alzheimer Society

Rosebridge Manor

‘They’re available to us whenever we need them for education’

Rosebridge Manor will be hosting a Coffee Break in February. This is one way the Jasper, Ont. long-term care home is giving back to the local Alzheimer Society chapter. Read more

Musical programs get Springdale residents engaged and reminiscing

Residents affected by cognitive impairment are receiving positive social results from activities that focus on familiar tunes, says LEC

Almost everyone has a strong connection to music, and hearing familiar tunes is often a way to engage people living with cognitive impairment in a meaningful way that they enjoy, says Springdale Country Manor life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Sonia Murney. Read more

Massages, manicures popular with residents who have dementia

Familiarity key aspect of effective supports at Rosebridge Manor, LEC says

The offer of massages and manicures is proving to be a popular and soothing way of supporting residents who have dementia at OMNI Health Care’s Rosebridge Manor. Read more

A resident with early-onset dementia is sharing her story. Here’s why that’s important

If you’ve been reading The OMNIway recently, you will know that we have been featuring stories profiling a Streamway Villa resident who is living with early-onset dementia. Read more

Streamway Villa resident shares her story of living with early-onset Alzheimer’s PART 6

‘Sally’ hopes her words will raise awareness of the condition’s progression and how it impacts her life

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Doughty did a series of one-to-one programs this summer with a younger resident of the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Read more