Family member enlivens Kentwood Park with her go-getter spirit

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Family member Barb Hogan with her mother, Irene, and one of the 60 blankets they made together. The wreaths pictured to the right are another project Barb had a hand in bringing into the long-term care home.

‘I just enjoy the interaction and seeing everyone have fun,’ says Barb Hogan

One evening Barb Hogan was visiting her mother who lives at Kentwood Park long-term care home in Picton. Nothing much was happening and there was nothing on TV, so she decided to “nab,” as she says, a few residents for a simple game of ring toss. Read more

Kentwood Park volunteers give 100 per cent to residents, LEC says

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‘The minute I need something, it’s a simple phone call and they’re here’

Barb Hogan and Sue Capon are two generous volunteers who have been brightening up the lives of residents at Kentwood Park long-term care home. Read more

‘We do a lot of muddin’ ’

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Kentwood Park LEC’s annual vacation features lots of mud, power and cherished family time

It’s easy to imagine motors revving, squeals of laughter and mud flying when Kentwood Park life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lisa Mills describes her family’s unique vacation tradition. Read more

Gnomes invade Kentwood Park

The three-foot stump of a Manitoba maple that was recently cut down at Kentwood Park has become a “gnome home.”

The three-foot stump of a Manitoba maple that was recently cut down at Kentwood Park has become a “gnome home.”

3-foot tree stump provides home for 6 ‘guests’

When an old Manitoba maple needed to be felled in Kentwood Park’s garden, residents and staff members came up with a creative idea that would let the tree’s legacy live on as a new home for some recently arrived guests – six garden gnomes. Read more

Kentwood Park administrator and daughter participate in Ice Bucket Challenge

Kentwood Park administrator Tina Cole and her daughter Skyler recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge after being nominated by students at Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville where Skyler is a student. Read more

Kentwood Park dietary aide reaches out to residents

Everyday Hero ‘brings a smile to their faces’

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — Natalie Hamilton

ORILLIA, Ont. – It isn’t uncommon to see dietary aide Lily Turner step out of the kitchen to sit with residents in their rooms.

Going above and beyond to support people who have dementia is one of the reasons Kentwood Park has chosen Turner as its Everyday Hero.

The 45-bed Picton long-term care home recognized the dietary aide May 7 for her contributions to Kentwood Park during OMNI Health Care’s second annual Awards and Recognition Night at Fern Resort.
“She’s an excellent employee,” said Kentwood Park administrator Tina Cole.

“She seeks out residents with dementia. She’s very subtle and quiet about it. You see her sneaking off into their rooms and hanging out in there with them. She just brings a smile to their faces.”

Hands-on caregivers were primarily those in the spotlight during the awards ceremony.

“I celebrate with each and every (person) who is being recognized tonight, and I feel confident I can speak for all of the managers at OMNI and say how fortunate we are to be surrounded by colleagues of such high calibre within our long-term care industry,” said Country Terrace clinical care co-ordinator Kim Noftle.

“Congratulations to each and every winner tonight.”

Forest Hill life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest emceed the affair.

“It’s fantastic to see front-line workers receiving awards,” Forrest noted.

The evening featured a Viva Las Vegas theme. Staff got into the spirit by dressing up in an array of colourful and creative costumes varying from playing cards to pink flamingos.

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Kentwood Park honoured with community-service award

Kentwood Park residents pose for a photo with a community-service award the home recently received.

Kentwood Park residents pose for a photo with a community-service award the home recently received.

Honour comes as a surprise to the team

Monday, May 5, 2014 — Deron Hamel

When Kentwood Park life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lisa Mills received a phone call from Community Living Prince Edward recently, inviting her and six residents to a breakfast, she thought it would be a great opportunity for an outing.

What she didn’t realize is that she and the residents at the Picton long-term care home were invited to the breakfast to receive a community-service award from Community Living Prince Edward, an organization advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Mills, life enrichment aide Shannon McKinley and the residents accepted the invitation. They showed up for the breakfast, enjoyed their meal, and were “surprised” when they were called to the podium to accept an award, says Mills.

“We were sitting there thinking, ‘why are we here,’ and then boom, they call us up for an award,” the LEC tells the OMNIway, adding Kentwood Park was the only long-term care home to receive an honour that day.

“Receiving the award was an honour for our home and residents. Residents were very happy and surprised to receive this award.”

For several years, Kentwood Park has collaborated with Community Living. Through this collaboration, people accessing supports from Community Living Prince Edward visit the home one day each week to spend time socializing with residents, participating in activities with them and helping staff members with small jobs, like folding laundry.

Mills says this collaboration brings value to residents and the people accessing Community Living Prince Edward’s services, because they benefit from the socialization and friendships made.

Kentwood Park also invites people from Community Living Prince Edward to many of the home’s events, such as barbecues.

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