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

Seniors Month – another reason to celebrate OMNI residents

Frost Manor residents, staff, family members and volunteers are pictured here walking down a stretch of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail on June 1 in honour of International Trails Day.

While OMNI Health Care celebrates the seniors living in the organization’s 18 long-term care homes every day, June is also officially designated as Seniors Month in Ontario, giving us all an extra reason to acknowledge the province’s senior population. Read more

VIDEO: Rosebridge Manor team creates 2019 Amazing Quest for Quality Care

ORILLIA, Ont. – It started off as a bingo. But then the large-screen monitor in the conference room at Fern Resort interrupted OMNI Health Care team members’ game with a report that their president and CEO Patrick McCarthy had been “kidnapped” and was being held for a $1-million ransom. Suspects were quickly announced. Read more

IMPACT makes an impact at LTC conference

Artist Sara Dalla Guarda is pictured here with IMPACT, an interactive art installation she created to demonstrate the relationship between shattered objects and memories.

The art piece, designed by artist Sara Dalla Guarda and co-sponsored by OMNI, gets people thinking about Alzheimer’s and dementia in a different way

When Toronto-based artist Sara Dalla Guarda premiered IMPACT, an interactive art exhibit, at the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) and Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) annual convention and trade show in April, she says she saw a myriad of reactions from people. Read more

EDITORIAL: Quality Forum reminds OMNI team leaders why they work in LTC

It takes a certain type of person to work in a long-term care home, and the 2019 Quality Forum helped cement the notion that the 128 OMNI Health Care managers and other team members who attended were working where they should be. Read more

It’s all fun and games in OMNI homes

Frost Manor life enrichment team members from left, Amy Whitehead, Kim Williams, Jesse Fraser and Lyndsay Burton, dressed up for National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day.

Theme days, special visitors get nod from residents

From wearing pajamas all day to playing the slot machines and tending to animals, life has been ducky for residents of OMNI Health Care homes.

Frost Manor is just one of the eastern Ontario long-term care homes that’s embracing new ideas for unique activities. The Lindsay long-term care home recently celebrated National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day.

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day encourages people to go to work in their PJs, nightcaps, gowns, sleep masks and slippers.

Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton encouraged residents and team members to wear their nightclothes that day and most did.

“We thought, ‘why not bring this to the residents and staff and have a wonderful spirit day for them?’” Lyndsay says.

“It was a ton of fun, and everybody was asking if we could do this once a week. … It was so fun to see the staff and residents join in on the fun.”

Lyndsay notes that an interesting aspect of the event was that with nearly all residents and staff members dressed in their Pjs, it put everyone on the same plane.

Prizes were awarded to residents and staff members for the “comfy award” and best-dressed.

The LEC tries to create as many programs and activities as she can that centre on themes for special days on the calendar.

Meanwhile, Maplewood embraced its own theme day recently, presenting an afternoon at the casino.

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Lynanne Campbell arrived at the idea of holding a casino-themed afternoon for residents of the long-term care home in Brighton.

LEA Rosanne Blackburn tells The OMNIway that residents enjoyed Lynanne’s unique program.

“It was a success,” Rosanne says.

“We had a penny slot machine, double dice roll table, 21 card game and roulette. We gave them poker chips to play the games they wanted.”

The casino activity ran for an hour and at the end of the 60 minutes, residents turned in their poker chips for prizes, each choosing what appealed to him or her. Prizes included stuffed animals, candy, chips and spring ornaments for

Resident Lillian DeBassecourt poses with one of the ducklings staying at Springdale Country Manor perched on her head.

residents’ bed-side stands.

Recently in Springville, two newly-hatched ducklings at Springdale Country Manor were a big hit with residents and staff.

The ducklings, Larry and Bob, were from Woolley Wonderland Farm in Lakehurst. The pair had only hatched a few days before visiting the long-term care home. Team members from the life enrichment department cared for them during their stay.

“The residents just love them; they have been holding them and petting them and they are just loving them,” Springdale LEC Sonia Murney told The OMNIway recently.

“The residents have been joking around and having a lot of fun with the ducks.”

Larry and Bob, who have now returned to the farm, also had their first swim, with team members setting up a small pool for the pair to get their feathers wet. Residents were invited to watch the ducks frolic in the water, which delighted them, Sonia says.

Springdale Country Manor residents often get visits from dogs and cats, so having ducks come to the home was a unique type of pet therapy, the LEC says.

“It brings the farm to the home, and we’re in a country setting, so this is something they like to see.”

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Videos showcase residents’ fascinating lives while celebrating the joy of working in LTC

OMNI team members share the stories of outstanding residents at Quality Forum

ORILLIA, Ont. – There was a new twist to this year’s OMNI Health Care Quality Forum that proved to be a great way for the organization’s long-term care homes to provide a glimpse into the lives of some of their fascinating residents. Read more