Forest Hill ‘gatekeeper’ keeps everyone safe while bringing positivity to work

Ken Gagnon is pictured at the screening station at Forest Hill on Canada Day.

Ken Gagnon screens everyone who enters the home to keep residents and staff safe during the pandemic, and he does so with humour and kindness

Ken Gagnon has a serious job to do at Forest Hill but he does his work every day with a sense of humour and positivity that’s noticed and appreciated by staff members at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home. Read more

Video conferencing continues to be a hit with Forest Hill residents and families

Forest Hill resident Sandra Presley is pictured here enjoying a video chat with her daughter Lori.

Time slots for Skype and FaceTime calls are being booked solid almost every day

Since Forest Hill began offering video conferencing calls to keep residents and their families connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, Craig Forrest, the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says bookings are full nearly every day. Read more

Classic car parade comes to Forest Hill for Father’s Day

A group of classic car enthusiasts paraded through the Forest Hill parking lot on June 21 as a Father’s Day tribute to the gentlemen living at the Kanata long-term care home.

A group of classic car enthusiasts from the Ottawa area formed a parade through the parking area at the front of Forest Hill on June 21 to pay a Father’s Day tribute to the gentleman living at the Kanata long-term care home. Read more

Forest Hill celebrates all staff for their dedication during National Nursing Week

Pictured above, Forest Hill interim director of care Nicole Fulford (left) and interim assistant director of care Rachel Gadher serve lasagna during one of the events the home hosted in honour of National Nursing Week.

Honouring team members was especially important this year, given the challenges the LTC sector is facing with the global pandemic

Celebrating the people working in OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes during National Nursing Week is a long-standing part of the organization’s culture, but honouring team members for their hard work and dedication to residents had even more meaning this year, given the challenges brought on by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, says Forest Hill life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Craig Forrest. Read more

Forest Hill team is feeling the love from families and local businesses

Family members of resident Hertha Davidson show their support for the Forest Hill team from the home’s parking lot.

Since the global COVID-19 pandemic began, families and businesses have been sending refreshments and e-mails of support to team members

Since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March, Forest Hill has seen an outpour of support from family members and local businesses for those working at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home. Read more

Forest Hill keeping residents and families connected through technology

Forest Hill resident Sandra Presley is pictured here enjoying a video chat with her daughter Lori.

Video-chat platforms, such as Skype and FaceTime, are ensuring residents and families are staying in contact during COVID-19 crisis

Forest Hill residents and their loved ones have been staying connected during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the wonders of modern technology and the efforts of the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s team members. Read more

Forest Hill resident’s daughters wish mom a happy birthday from parking lot

The daughters of resident Hertha Davidson wave a banner from the Forest Hill parking lot on March 18 to wish their mother a happy birthday.

‘This was a positive experience and has marked a positive feeling forever in everyone’s mind who witnessed this scene,’ says interim administrator John Donzil

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only challenging for long-term-care home residents and staff members, it has also been a trying time for family members, who are unable to visit their loved ones while ministry protocols are in effect restricting visitation. Read more

Forest Hill grows its partnership with local group of parents and their babies

Forest Hill residents Lilo Hellwig (left) and Vera Ellerington (right) spend time with one of the babies from Babies Who Volunteer.

Residents have taken to programming with Babies Who Volunteer so well the home has scheduled six months of regular visits

Forest Hill residents have benefited so much from visits with a group of babies and toddlers and their parents that the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home has scheduled regular visits with Babies Who Volunteer for the next six months. Read more

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

VIDEO: Forest Hill residents make video thanking Trinity Presbyterian Church for Christmas gifts

Forest Hill residents have created a video to thank parishioners from Trinity Presbyterian Church for their generosity during the holiday season.

In December, some of the church’s parishioners dropped off 80 gifts for residents of the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home to open on Christmas Day.

Residents wanted an opportunity to show their gratitude, so life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest shot a video of residents expressing their appreciation. Forest Hill director of care John Donzil posted the video on YouTube.

Craig recently went to Trinity Presbyterian Church during a service to play the video for parishioners and to personally thank them for their kindness.

Click here to watch the YouTube video.

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