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

Collaborative, month-long ‘under the sea’ theme has been a hit with Frost Manor residents

What started as an idea to decorate the dining/activity room with an underwater theme has taken on a life of its own

The dining and activity room at Frost Manor is now “under the sea.” Read more

Volunteer vowed to ‘give back’ to Riverview Manor all the LTC home gave his mother-in-law

Riverview Manor volunteer Mark Coady spends time with residents during a July 17 visit to the Peterborough long-term care home.

From pet therapy to religious services to helping with bingo, Mark Coady does it all

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Mark Coady first became acquainted with Riverview Manor about 10 years ago when his mother-in-law was living at the Peterborough long-term care home. Mark would often find himself helping residents when his wife was assisting her mother, and it seemed natural for him to progress to becoming a volunteer. Read more

Village Green barbecue creates a strong sense of community


Promoting the annual summertime flagship event early results in a ‘huge’ turnout

Nothing brings people together quite like food and fun, and that was certainly the case when Village Green hosted its annual resident and family barbecue on July 9.
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‘You see their genuine love for them’

Maplewood residents’ bond with animals a beautiful thing: Kristie Istead

One female resident adoringly watches a flock of quails for about 45 minutes. Others reach out to touch an English angora bunny and a silkie rooster. Read more

Staff and families work together to revamp Frost Manor gardens

Frost Manor residents Dorothy Burrows and Grant Thurston enjoy a warm summer’s day next to the home’s new raised planter bed.

Planters with colourful flowers and a new flagpole are among the improvements

Frost Manor team members and family council have been working together since spring to complete garden projects at the Lindsay long-term care home, and the collaboration has led to some “colourful” results, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton. Read more

Pleasant Meadow supports residents, staff as temperatures climb

Pleasant Meadow Manor

Norwood LTC home provides beverages, conditioned air, A/C

Pleasant Meadow Manor is keeping its cool during the current heatwave in Norwood, Ont.

Susan Towns, the long-term care home’s director of care (DOC), says the home has conditioned air, which is not an air conditioner but a unit akin to a large dehumidifier that essentially removes the humidity from the air. The lounges at the end of the home’s two care hallways are air-conditioned by portable units.

“When it gets really hot we use those as our cooling centres,” Susan says.

“We also do extra fluid runs. In the morning, (we offer) juice and water and we really push the water. In the afternoon we do a popsicle run and during evenings also.”

Residents don’t always realize they’re overheated, the DOC says. “If we start seeing them looking a little (off) we will start pushing extra, extra fluids. If we notice they are starting to have real difficulty, we take them down to the end lounge where the air conditioning is.”

Pleasant Meadow Manor has a shady back patio but if it’s really hot outdoors staff members discourage residents from going outside. “That heat can really knock the socks off of them really quickly and change their condition,” Susan notes. “We’d rather them stay inside.”

Seniors, people living with chronic health issues and those taking certain medications are especially susceptible to becoming ill when temperatures rise, the Canadian Red Cross states on its website.

While it’s important to keep fluid intake levels high in warmer weather, residents don’t always like to drink large quantities of liquids. In addition to the fluid runs, family members can help out by encouraging residents to stay hydrated or even bring in drinks their loved ones enjoy.

Pleasant Meadow Manor also offers support to employees feeling the heat. “If it’s really hot, they’re allowed extra breaks in the staff room which is air-conditioned.” Employees also partake in the afternoon Popsicle runs.

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Turning WanderGuard into a brooch is keeping Riverview resident safe and happy

Riverview Manor BSO team member Karlie Phillips holds the costume-jewel-studded lanyard she made to prompt a resident to wear her decorative WanderGuard.

BSO team members create an intervention that’s a win for everyone

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – When a Riverview Manor resident who exit-seeks was forgetting or refusing to keep her WanderGuard bracelet on her person, the Peterborough long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team came up with a clever idea that has since ensured the resident not only wears the device at all times, she also wants to be seen with it. Read more

Annual Forest Hill butterfly program still engaging residents after five years

Life enrichment aide Shannon Lynch and resident Evelyn Boles are pictured here with one of the painted lady butterflies the folks at the Kanata long-term care home helped raise.

Residents help raise the tiny creatures from caterpillars to painted ladies

A program that engages Forest Hill residents in the life cycle of butterflies each June is still going strong five years after life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch hatched the idea at the Kanata long-term care home. Read more

Willows Estate makes upping fluid intake fun

Willows Estate

Aurora home hosts theme days featuring drinks, Popsicles

From Mocktail Mondays to Thirsty Thursdays, Willows Estate is helping residents stay hydrated during humid summer days. Read more