OMNI’s Lifetime Achievement Award highlights the outstanding contributions residents have made

Forest Hill resident Alex Classen is pictured here receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from administrator Susan Bell.

Every person living in an OMNI Health Care long-term care home has their own unique story. Many residents have led lives dedicated to their country and their communities, which is why OMNI created the Lifetime Achievement Award to honour people for their contributions. Read more

2019 Nutrition Month campaign focusing on unlocking food’s potential

Dietitians of Canada offering toolkit to help spread information about healthy food choices

Food is essential for nourishment but it also does much more for us. That’s the key message behind this year’s Nutrition Month, which is acknowledged across Canada throughout March. Read more

OMNI applauding newly revised Canada’s Food Guide

‘I think there is potential to see some improvements in overall health of people’

Chris Weber, OMNI Health Care’s operations manager of nutrition and food service, says the organization is applauding the latest version of Canada’s Food Guide for encouraging the consumption of more plant-based proteins and eliminating processed foods, recommendations he says will help create healthier menu options in homes. Read more

OMNI starts first phase of IDDSI rollout in its homes

Pictured above, a diagram of the IDDSI framework.

Adopting the IDDSI framework will help OMNI homes enhance safety for residents with swallowing difficulty

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – OMNI Health Care has started the first of three phases of its rollout of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) to enhance safety for residents with dysphagia, the medical term for swallowing difficulty, which is often caused by neurological conditions including dementia or stroke. Read more

EDITORIAL: Exciting year ahead for OMNI in 2019

It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for OMNI Health Care.

The big news, of course, is that four OMNI homes – Riverview Manor, Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa – are expected to start construction projects in the fall as part of the province’s strategy to redevelop 30,000 long-term care beds in Ontario by 2025.

But OMNI is also hopeful of receiving additional capital redevelopment funding to rebuild or improve some of its other homes.

The Ontario government announced its first round of redevelopment funding last spring. As part of this funding, Riverview Manor in Peterborough has been approved for a new 160-bed long-term care home to be built. Pleasant Meadow Manor (in Norwood) has received funding for a redevelopment project to include 35 new beds, Almonte Country Haven (in Lanark County) has been approved for 14 more beds, and Woodland Villa (in Long Sault) will be awarded 17 beds.

Construction on these projects is slated to be complete by December 2022.

We are hopeful to receive more bed licences in 2019 so we can move closer to meeting the government’s mandate to have all Ontario long-term care homes brought up to Class A homes by 2025.

Redeveloped long-term care homes will have an immensely positive impact on residents’ quality of life. Not only will homes be modernized, more spacious and have more amenities, but all homes will house only one- and two-bed rooms.

Residents, their families and staff members working in these homes have expressed their excitement and support for these projects.

This spring, the new Ontario government will release its first budget. There are challenges we face in the long-term care sector, and OMNI will be tracking any changes the Ford government makes so we can stay ahead of the curve. But having a new government also presents an opportunity for some of the challenges and issues we face in long-term care to be addressed.

Indeed, these are exciting times for OMNI and for the long-term care sector.

OMNI sees ‘tremendous progress’ in 2018: CEO

Redevelopment announcements, a four-year accreditation, improved quality indicators and a successful Quality Forum were some of the highlights

OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says 2018 was a hallmark year for the organization that brought many positive changes that furthered OMNI’s quality journey. Read more

Ending the Alzheimer’s stigma: what LTC homes can do

Mary Schulz, director of education for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Engaging residents, families and local communities is the key to helping others understand the condition

Alzheimer Society of Canada director of education Mary Schulz says long-term care homes are well-positioned to help end the stigma attached to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia because they are “communities within communities” that can engage others to debunk myths about the condition. Read more

Alzheimer Society campaign working to help Canadians understand dementia

Mary Schulz, director of education for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Many Canadians living with Alzheimer’s and dementia are living active lives. Educating people about this helps reduce harmful stigma

When many Canadians hear the words “Alzheimer’s disease” or “dementia,” images of people with low cognitive abilities who are in the late stages of these conditions often come to mind. However, many people with dementia continue living their lives the way they always have and are active in their communities, working and volunteering, says Mary Schulz. Read more

Creative minds flourish at OMNI in 2018

OMNI Health Care’s core value of creativity flourished in 2018, resulting in innovative programming that enhanced quality of life for people living in the organization’s long-term care homes.

In early 2018, the Woodland Villa team bought a Triobike to help residents of all physical abilities go into town for a safe, enjoyable bike ride with others. By June, the Triobike, a three-wheeled bike with a two-seat carriage at the front, was ready to hit the streets. The bike was used this year to take residents for rides around Long Sault, to Tim Hortons and even to stop in on family members.

“(The Triobike) gives anyone and everyone the right to wind in their hair,” said Woodland Villa administrator Janna Sabourin.

Knowing that the 1950s is a decade that brings back fond memories for many residents, the Rosebridge Manor team decided to host a ’50s-themed diner at the Jasper, Ont. long-term care home in early autumn.

The team displayed printed photos of Elvis Presley and set the tables with red tablecloths and checkered napkins.

The meal was served by a waitress – Rosebridge Manor’s nutritional care manager Kori Bigelow – who was dressed for the role in an ensemble that included a pencil skirt complete with a poodle embellishment.

Residents enjoyed whistle dogs and french fries served in baskets, along with milkshakes and sundaes. Music from the decade accompanied the meal held in the dining room, which was named Elsie’s Diner for the occasion.

“It’s something different for (residents),” said life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Kathy Barr. “It brings back memories from a different time of their life.”

Kim Williams, a new member of the Frost Manor life enrichment team, demonstrated her creative flair during Halloween this year. She came up with a craft idea to create pieces of art with masks for Halloween.

She got 15 residents in on the fun creating these unique masks that reflected each resident’s personal taste. The masks were assembled using glitter, paint, foam shapes and paper cutouts.

The masks were worn on Halloween evening for the Halloween party where the residents got to dress up and compete for the best-dressed.

“Kim’s energy and enthusiasm for this event (spread) throughout the home and residents (were) very excited for the Halloween Party,” said the Lindsay long-term care home’s LEC Lyndsay Burton.

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