People living with dementia have created the first-ever Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia

Mary Schulz, the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s director of education.

Alzheimer Society of Canada has launched the charter to raise awareness surrounding the unique rights people with dementia have

The Alzheimer Society of Canada today (Sept. 5) launched the Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia, a first-of-its-kind framework outlining the rights people with dementia have. The charter was created by an advisory board of people living with dementia. Read more

Every three seconds someone develops dementia. Awareness can help stem this

People and organizations asked to share important info about Alzheimer’s and dementia during World Alzheimer’s Month campaign

By the time you finish reading this sentence, one person somewhere in the world will have developed dementia. This is the key message behind the 2018 World Alzheimer’s Month campaign, entitled Every Three Seconds. Read more

Alzheimer Society underscores value gardening programs bring to people with dementia

OMNI homes have also found success using gardens to curb agitation and enhance quality of life for residents

The Alzheimer Society of Canada says gardening programs can be effective tools to help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Read more

Study: music therapy effective at reducing agitation in people with dementia

Researchers say receptive music therapy is a viable nonpharmacologic option to decreasing agitation and anxiety in people with dementia

A recent study conducted by scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong indicates that listening to music is more effective at curbing agitation and anxiety in people with dementia than interactive music therapy or no music therapy. Read more

Creative minds introducing innovative ideas at OMNI homes

Woodland Willa resident Eileen Hunt is seen here seated with PSW Karen Brennan in the home’s Triobike, surrounded by her family.

Creativity is one of OMNI Health Care’s core values, and when creativity is harnessed in long-term care homes the result is often innovative ideas that enhance quality of life for residents. Read more

EDITORIAL: OMNI homes are ramping up community engagement

Hunter Grozelle (centre) is pictured here with Frost Manor resident Grant Thurston (left) and Rick Riel (right). Hunter, a student at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Lindsay, was recently involved with a co-op program that’s part of a collaboration between the school and home. 

Community engagement is an important part of life at OMNI Health Care, and it’s a facet of the organization’s culture OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes have been focusing on enhancing. Read more

OMNI receives four-year accreditation

Accreditation Canada surveyors note that all 18 homes met 100 per cent of the required organizational practices, improvements made from last accreditation in 2014

OMNI Health Care has received a four-year accreditation from Accreditation Canada. Read more

OMNI ‘in really great shape’ with IDDSI implementation plan

Organization on pace to have framework in place by 2019 that will create universal terminology surrounding liquid and texture-modified diets for residents with dysphagia

OMNI Health Care’s operations manager of nutrition and food service Chris Weber says the nutritional care departments in OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes have entered the awareness phase of the implementation of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework, and the organization is on pace to have implementation complete by the end of 2019. Read more

Chris Weber sworn in as CSNM president

OMNI Health Care’s operations manager of nutrition and food service Chris Weber, pictured at centre with the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) board, was sworn in as CSNM president at the organization’s annual general meeting and conference in Moncton on June 14.

OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food service says he will focus his presidency on increasing membership, enhancing social media presence and attracting more students to association

OMNI Health Care’s Chris Weber was sworn in as president of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) during the organization’s 2018 conference and annual general meeting on June 14 in Moncton, N.B. Read more

EDITORIAL: Redeveloped homes will help OMNI better serve local communities

This spring, OMNI Health Care was awarded funding from the province to build a new Riverview Manor and renovate three of its other long-term care homes – Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa. Construction on the four projects will start in fall 2019 and will be completed by December 2022.

What’s especially exciting about these announcements – and welcomed by OMNI Health Care – is the fact that the four redevelopment projects will also help the smaller communities these homes serve.

The majority of OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes are in small towns and villages. OMNI has always valued the fact that most of its homes are small and located in rural communities because having such homes creates a cozy environment for residents to live and staff members to work.

Having homes in these towns and villages also means people who have lived in these communities don’t have to move to larger centres, should they require long-term care.

The funding announcements included a combined 102 additional beds to the four homes. The new Riverview Manor in Peterborough will have 160 beds, 36 more than it currently has. Almonte Country Haven, located in Mississippi Mills, will be increased from 82 beds to 96. In Norwood, Pleasant Meadow Manor will see an increase from 61 to 96 beds. Woodland Villa in Long Sault will go from 111 beds to 128.

But the renovations will provide more than just an increased number of beds.

Hallways and doors will be wider, and three- and four-bed wards will be replaced with rooms with no more than two beds. Once complete, these homes will also be divided into neighbourhoods, housing groups of up to 32 people. As a result, residents will be sharing dining, bathing and other common areas with fewer people to enhance their living experience.

To put it another way, the future of long-term care will be coming to these four homes. It’s a future that will help ensure that the people who built these communities have access to the care they need with the amenities they require to have the best quality of life possible.

It’s a future OMNI is excited about.