The COVID-19 pandemic has shown LTC homes’ strengths

If you’ve been reading the papers or watching the evening news in recent months, you’ve probably noticed a narrative emerging that questions the safety of long-term care homes during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Doughnuts and safe family time mark Father’s Day at Country Terrace

Pictured above, Country Terrace’s resident dads were treated to coffee and doughnuts on Father’s Day.

‘For Father’s Day we wanted to make sure every dad got a treat as sweet as they are’

Although there were no family gatherings to celebrate Father’s Day at Country Terrace on June 21, the life enrichment team at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home still managed to make the day “sweet” for all the dads. Read more

Frost Manor celebrates Canada Day with photoshoots for residents

Frost Manor resident Mary Lee Digiacomo, who was named Frost Manor’s 2020 Ms. Canada, shows her Canadian pride on July 1.

Team members name resident Mary Lee Digiacomo Frost Manor’s 2020 Ms. Canada

Canada Day celebrations were different at Frost Manor this year, but despite protocols in place to keep everyone safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Lindsay long-term care home’s residents still celebrated Canada’s 153rd birthday with lots of fun and laughter. Read more

New visitation rules helped make a happy Father’s Day at Frost Manor

Pictured above, the front window at Frost Manor was decorated for window visits in May.

The Ontario government has eased some restrictions in LTC homes to allow safe outdoor visits between residents and their loved ones

It was certainly a happy Father’s Day at Frost Manor. Read more

Almonte staff celebrate as COVID-19 outbreak officially ends and outdoor visits start

Almonte Country Haven staff members start clapping Tuesday morning as they learn from administrator Carolyn Della Foresta that the three-month COVID-19 outbreak at the home has now officially ended.

Administrator Carolyn Della Foresta applauded staff members for their ‘tireless efforts’ during a challenging time. She also thanked the local community for its compassion and support

It has been a challenging three months for Almonte Country Haven residents and staff members, but the COVID-19 outbreak that began in late March has officially ended. Read more

Unique setup is helping Village Green residents safely visit their loved ones in the garden

Ruth (pictured at right), a Village Green resident, has a safe visit with her daughter Evelyn in the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s garden.

Village Green residents and their loved ones have recently been enjoying safe outdoor visits in the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s garden. Read more

Streamway volunteer recalls the positive impact her therapy dog had on a resident

Duffy, a British golden retriever, is a St. John Ambulance therapy dog who has visited Streamway Villa with his owner, Lisa Denvir. Due to protocols to keep residents and staff safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no pet-therapy programming at OMNI Health Care long-term care homes.

‘For me, when I see that dramatic of a change, that’s particularly rewarding,’ says Lisa Denvir

Pet therapy programs are valuable assets to long-term care homes because of the positive impact they have on residents, but Lisa Denvir, who has visited Streamway Villa with her British golden retriever, Duffy, says the pair also reaps rewards from their time at the home. Read more

Frost Manor helping residents make the most of the home’s therapy garden

Since opening June 9, residents, accompanied by staff, have been able to enjoy the garden area and participate in some outdoor programming

Summer is here, the weather is warmer, and Frost Manor’s colourful therapy garden is now open. Read more

Classic car parade comes to Forest Hill for Father’s Day

A group of classic car enthusiasts paraded through the Forest Hill parking lot on June 21 as a Father’s Day tribute to the gentlemen living at the Kanata long-term care home.

A group of classic car enthusiasts from the Ottawa area formed a parade through the parking area at the front of Forest Hill on June 21 to pay a Father’s Day tribute to the gentleman living at the Kanata long-term care home. Read more

Seniors’ Month theme – ‘Stay Safe, Stay in Touch’ – has been embraced by OMNI homes

Forest Hill resident Sandra Presley is pictured here enjoying a video chat with her daughter Lori in March.

June is officially designated as Seniors’ Month in Ontario, and this year’s theme – Stay Safe, Stay in Touch – is especially meaningful, given the impact the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic is having on seniors. Read more