Former Garden Terrace RPN charged after police investigation

Staff members, following protocol, alerted Garden Terrace management in May after they became suspicious that residents were not receiving medications

A former Garden Terrace registered practical nurse has been arrested and charged with one count of mischief and another count of mischief to data following a police investigation launched in May immediately after other employees of the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home alerted management of suspicions that the nurse may have failed to administer medications to residents on one floor. Read more

LTC homes can help raise Alzheimer’s awareness during 24th annual Coffee Break

The Sept. 19 event, which is hosted by the Alzheimer Society, also raises money to support programs and services

September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada is gearing up for its 24th annual Coffee Break fundraiser and awareness campaign on Sept. 19. Read more

Study shows music and dancing enhances quality of life for people with dementia

Life enrichment departments in OMNI Health Care long-term care homes have a long history of promoting music and dance programs, and new research is showing that toe-tapping to tunes is more than just fun – it also plays an important role in enhancing quality of life for people living with dementia.

Many people enjoy music and dancing throughout their lives, and people living with cognitive impairment show improvement on specific quality indicators when exposed to music and dance, according to the research.

During a period of 10 weekly sessions involving 22 participants, researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand found that people with dementia experienced spikes in their sense of humour, imagination and intuition when played familiar music they could dance to after the sixth session.

The purpose of the study was to improve quality of life for people living with dementia using music and dancing to trigger memories and provide social engagement.

The findings, which were published in the July 2019 edition of the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, “reversed the stereotypical understanding of this group of people being passive and immobile,” says lead researcher Ting Choo, in a statement on the University of Otago website.

“They responded to the music greatly and showed enthusiasm in moving to the music regardless of their physical limitation,” Choo says. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session.”

You can read more about this study by clicking here.

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Harnessing community connections is enhancing quality of life for residents

Pictured left to right, Frost Manor residents Michael Lane, Dorothy Burrows, Chrystol Broom, Sharon Arsenault and Sylvia Trumbull enjoying a Tablet Time session.

OMNI Health Care long-term care homes have recently been demonstrating the value of creating community partnerships to help enhance quality of life for their residents.
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National dementia strategy provides opportunities to improve what we already do well

On June 17, the federal government launched Canada’s long-awaited dementia strategy, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of dementia, preventing the condition, finding a cure and improving quality of life for those living with cognitive impairment.

Naturally, OMNI Health Care, along with the long-term care sector at large, approves of this move, given the large-scale impact dementia has on our residents.

In fact, an estimated 70 per cent of people living in Canadian long-term care homes have some form of dementia.

Adding to this, seniors are the most vulnerable age group affected by dementia, and there are more Canadians today who are 65 and older than there are people 14 and younger.

The launch of Canada’s dementia strategy comes at a crucial time. With a growing number of Canadians expected to develop dementia in the coming years, it will be challenging for the long-term care sector to accommodate everyone affected by the neurodegenerative disease.

But having a national dementia strategy is positioning OMNI and other long-term care providers to be equipped to face this challenge.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada characterizes Canada’s national dementia strategy as “the single most powerful tool to improve dementia care and support.

“The strategy ensures that all Canadians living with dementia, their families and their caregivers have the same level of access, quality of care and services, regardless of where they live,” the organization states.

So, how does this impact people with dementia living in OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes?

Our team members bring a treasure trove of experience to the table improving the lives of people living with various forms of dementia. The national dementia strategy is not a magic bullet; rather it is a tool to bolster what we are already doing well: bringing a high quality of life to people with dementia living in our homes.

An important component of the strategy is to ramp up evidenced-based best practices and share these tried and proven methods for working with people who have dementia coast to coast. Everyone will benefit.

In short, having a national dementia strategy will help us do what we are already doing even better.

OMNI supportive of recommendations to improve LTC resident safety made in Wettlaufer inquiry

Justice Eileen Gillese’s report demonstrates a strong understanding of issues homes face, says OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy

OMNI Health Care’s president and CEO says the organization is supporting recommendations made in Justice Eileen Gillese’s final report in the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System and is pleased that Gillese demonstrated a strong understanding of issues faced in the sector around keeping residents safe. Read more

Homes beat the heat with ingenuity

Employees organize indoor activities, cold treats

From darts to memory games, OMNI Health Care staff members are being creative about how to handle a recent heatwave. Read more

Animals provide right kind of therapy in long-term care

Residents enjoy visits from pets, farm animals

From the tail-wagging to the unconditional love, animals are providing comfort and stirring fond memories for OMNI Health Care’s long-term care residents. Read more

OMNI homes partake in community endeavours

Grade 10 student Lexi Mills puts a plant in one of the gardens at Springdale Country Manor.

Youth engagement program thrives at Springville home

From growing food for parrots to walking local trails, OMNI Health Care homes are becoming increasingly engaged in their communities. Read more

This year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day focuses on decreasing isolation for seniors

CNPEA and EAO are using social media campaign to raise awareness and asking Canadians for support

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was on Saturday (June 15), and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO) are asking Canadians to raise awareness of the importance of social inclusion for seniors as part of its 2019 campaign. Read more