Forest Hill chili cook-off brings residents, families and staff together for food and fun

From front to back, Wanda Cole, Donna Wall and Vivian Ostroski serve up chili during Forest Hill’s Nov. 29 chili cook-off.

The event also raised $150 for the Forest Hill social committee

Less than two weeks after interim nursing administrative services manager (NASM) Kelly Peterson started her position at Forest Hill, her chili recipe earned top honours in the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s second annual chili cook-off. Read more

Leading by example is all in a day’s work for Forest Hill Inspired Leader Sharon Reid

Forest Hill nutritional care manager Sharon Reid is pictured here with her Inspired Leadership Award during a recent ceremony at the Kanata long-term care home.

‘Sharon truly embodies the OMNIway spirit every day’

Forest Hill life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest says he sees Sharon Reid leading by example, exhibiting “a work ethic beyond compare,” every day at the Kanata long-term care home, which is why he nominated Sharon for a 2019 Inspired Leadership Award. Read more

Forest Hill’s Jayme Drainville ‘truly exemplifies what it means to be a PSW’

Forest Hill PSW Jayme Drainville is pictured holding her Everyday Hero Award.

Jayme was recently presented with Forest Hill’s Everyday Hero Award for her dedication to her colleagues and the residents she cares for

Since joining the Forest Hill team in May 2017, personal support worker (PSW) Jayme Drainville has been a staff member who can always be counted on, says Anna Gagnon, the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s nursing administrative services manager. Read more

End-of-summer corn roast creates vibrant family atmosphere at Forest Hill

From left to right, Forest Hill residents Margaret Bryce and Shirley Sutherland get corn cobs ready for the pot during the Kanata long-term care home’s annual corn roast Aug. 23.

About 80 people enjoyed barbecued riblets, potato salad and, of course, fresh corn on the cob, at Forest Hill on Aug. 23, during the Kanata long-term care home’s annual corn roast.
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Local library helping Forest Hill residents get their book fix

Forest Hill resident Marilyn Orr holds a book she received through an outreach program run by the Beaverbrook branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Through the program, library employee Gregor Bertram (pictured at left) visits the Kanata long-term care home every month with books residents request.

Kanata LTC home is finding great success using local library’s outreach program

Forest Hill life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Craig Forrest says residents at the Kanata long-term care home who enjoy reading have been receiving excellent service from an outreach program offered by the Beaverbrook branch of the Ottawa Public Library for about two years. Read more

MP visits Forest Hill to meet with residents

Forest Hill resident Cheryl Penney (left), is pictured here with Kanata-Carleton MP Karen McCrimmon. McCrimmon stopped by the Ottawa-area long-term care home for a visit in late June.

Karen McCrimmon stopped by just before Canada Day to chat with residents and hand out flags and pins. Residents appreciated her taking the time to meet with them, LEC says

Kanata-Carleton MP Karen McCrimmon stopped by Forest Hill the week before Canada Day to meet with residents, a gesture that was well received by those living at the Ottawa-area long-term care home, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Craig Forrest. Read more

Annual Forest Hill butterfly program still engaging residents after five years

Life enrichment aide Shannon Lynch and resident Evelyn Boles are pictured here with one of the painted lady butterflies the folks at the Kanata long-term care home helped raise.

Residents help raise the tiny creatures from caterpillars to painted ladies

A program that engages Forest Hill residents in the life cycle of butterflies each June is still going strong five years after life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch hatched the idea at the Kanata long-term care home. Read more

Forest Hill revamps Snoezelen room, team members seeing positive results

Forest Hill resident Theresa Norton, left, and life enrichment aide Shannon Lynch pose with the fibre-optic waterfall in the Kanata long-term care home’s Snoezelen room.

Residents of all abilities are enjoying the calming effects the sensory room provides

It has taken more than two years of work, but Forest Hill has completed the revamp of its Snoezelen room – and residents, families and staff members are loving it. Read more

Forest Hill celebrates resident Mary Blanchfield turning 100

Mary’s colourful life has largely focused on community service and proudly raising a family

Forest Hill resident Mary Blanchfield turned 100 on May 2, her latest milestone in a lifetime of accomplishments and community service. Read more

Forest Hill hosts a parrot educational program

Meaghan Keaney-Pearman of Parrot Partners shows Mad Max, a kea parrot, to Forest Hill resident Joan Davis.

Parrot Partners, a training and adoption centre for parrots, brings 3 birds to the home

Forest Hill recently played host to some parrots as part of a program that was both unique and educational. Read more