An appearance from ‘Scuba Steve’ made everyone’s day at Pleasant Meadow

‘With just a little masking tape and some construction paper, I’m telling you, we can have lots of fun’

Pleasant Meadow Manor registered nurse Shelly Vandenberg and life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams recently tapped into two of OMNI Health Care’s core values — creativity and fun and laughter – to help keep the winter blues away.

Inspired by a pair of safety goggles she was wearing, Shelly decided to dress up like Scuba Steve, a character and toy from the 1999 Adam Sandler comedy film Big Daddy.

Once Kim heard about Shelly’s idea, she fashioned a pair of swim fins out of yellow construction paper for Shelly to wear on her feet. A homemade snorkel completed the outfit.

The residents responded exactly the way Shelly had hoped: they all had a good laugh, Kim says.

“Some of the residents wanted to splash water on her because she had scuba gear on, and another resident tried to encourage her to get into the bathtub,” she tells The OMNIway.

Kim says one of the funnier moments came when Shelly tried walking with her new swim fins. She found she had to make the same “flip-floppy” motions with her feet as if they were an authentic pair of fins.

With Christmas over and Ontario under a provincewide shutdown to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Shelly’s idea brought some much-needed humour to everyone at the Norwood long-term care home, Kim says.

And the best part, she says, is how easy this was to accomplish.

“With just a little masking tape and some construction paper, I’m telling you, we can have lots of fun.”

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Residents, staff members looking forward to the new Pleasant Meadow Manor

Excitement builds as construction begins on home expansion

Pictured above, construction crews have started clearing land on the south side of Pleasant Meadow Manor to make way for the Norwood long-term care home’s 34,000-square-foot expansion.

NORWOOD, Ont. – The shovels are in the ground, the work is underway and Pleasant Meadow Manor residents and staff members could not be happier as they look forward to the completion of the redevelopment project that will increase the size of the Norwood long-term care home by 34,000 square feet.

Standing on the south side of Pleasant Meadow Manor on Nov. 16 after a ground-breaking ceremony, administrator Sandra Tucker points to a mound of soil that has resulted from land being cleared for construction.

“That mound was built today, and that’s how fast it can go,” she tells The OMNIway. “I’m excited, I’m really excited about the whole works.”

Some residents have found entertainment value in the project, and they have been watching construction unfold from windows at the rear of the home, Sandra says.

“The residents come up to the windows or come out to the yard to watch,” she says.

Once redeveloped, Pleasant Meadow Manor will have a two-storey addition on the south side of the existing 61-bed home that will house 35 more residents. Residents will live in three spacious neighbourhoods, each housing dining, lounge and activity spaces.

Pleasant Meadow Manor’s new design will also accommodate a courtyard, gardens and outdoor space, and include a whole-home gathering area and chapel space.

The new design will enhance privacy by eliminating three- and four-bed rooms. Once complete, 60 per cent of Pleasant Meadow Manor’s rooms will be private and 40 per cent semi-private.

Having more space in their home is what residents are looking forward to most, Sandra says.

“They’re looking forward to the new rooms and having no more than two to a room,” she says.

The Pleasant Meadow Manor redevelopment project is slated to be complete by December 2022.

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Construction begins on Pleasant Meadow Manor redevelopment project

OMNI representatives were joined by local MPP and mayor at Nov. 16 ground-breaking ceremony

From left to right, OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy, Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini, Pleasant Meadow Manor residents’ council president Gord Holliday, Asphodel-Norwood Township Mayor Rodger Bonneau and Pleasant Meadow Manor administrator Sandra Tucker pose with shovels at a Nov. 16 ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of Pleasant Meadow Manor’s redevelopment project.

NORWOOD, Ont. – Construction has begun on a $25-million redevelopment and expansion project at Pleasant Meadow Manor that will increase the size of the Norwood long-term care home from 61 beds to 96, eliminate three- and four-bed wards and provide a wide range of amenities to enhance quality of life for residents.

The redevelopment project, which will add 34,000 square feet to Pleasant Meadow Manor, is expected to be complete by December 2022.

At a Nov. 16 ground-breaking ceremony at the home, OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy, Pleasant Meadow Manor administrator Sandra Tucker and Pleasant Meadow Manor residents’ council president Gord Holliday were joined by Asphodel-Norwood Township Mayor Rodger Bonneau and Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini to celebrate the start of the project.

“We are really happy to be underway and we are looking forward to the new Pleasant Meadow Manor meeting the needs of residents in accommodations that offer greater privacy and meet updated design standards,” McCarthy said.

“We acknowledge and express appreciation for the support of the Province of Ontario and the Township of Asphodel-Norwood in moving this redevelopment forward.”

Once redeveloped, Pleasant Meadow Manor will have a two-storey addition on the south side of the existing 61-bed home that will house 35 more residents. Residents will live in three spacious neighbourhoods, each housing dining, lounge and activity spaces.

The new design will enhance privacy by eliminating three- and four-bed rooms. Once complete, 60 per cent of Pleasant Meadow Manor’s rooms will be private and 40 per cent semi-private.

Pleasant Meadow Manor’s new design will also accommodate a courtyard, gardens and outdoor space, and include a whole-home gathering area and chapel space.

During the design phases, Toronto-based G Architects presented preliminary plans to residents, families and staff to obtain feedback.

Addressing media at the ceremony, Piccini underscored the value long-term care homes bring to the residents they serve, adding the redeveloped Pleasant Meadow Manor will increase that value.

“I’d like to thank OMNI for the great work that you’re doing, and I’d like to thank the staff here for the work they’re doing to care for our loved ones,” he said.

In addition to providing great value to residents, Bonneau said the redeveloped Pleasant Meadow Manor will help the community economically.

“The timing is perfect; there’s lots of building going on around town, so … (for) the people looking for jobs, this will be the place to come,” he said.

“Long-term care is where it’s going to be at.”

– More to come

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The fair must go on

After the Norwood Fall Fair was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the Pleasant Meadow team created their own version of the resident-favourite annual event

Since the Norwood Fall Fair has been cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Pleasant Meadow Manor hosted its own version of the annual 152-year-old event on Oct. 13.

Participating in the Norwood Fall Fair has become an important part of the culture at Pleasant Meadow Manor for residents over the years, so the life enrichment team wanted to keep up the tradition, explains Kim Williams, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

“Back in April, when the news that the Norwood fair had been cancelled, I presented the life enrichment team with the idea of holding our own fair day; we decided this would be a fun idea,” she tells The OMNIway.

The Norwood Fall Fair – which started in 1868 and had not been cancelled since the Second World War – features a midway, rides, vendors, and baking and crafts contests.

Every September, the residents start making crafts and baking pies, cookies and pastries for the fair. Virtually every year residents come away with prizes for their crafts and baking entries.

For Pleasant Meadow Manor’s version of the fall fair, the life enrichment team set up the activity room with fun games, including a “milk-the-cow” contest and bobbing for doughnuts.

“This created a lot of laughter from both the residents and staff members,” Kim says, adding the walls were decorated with some animals that would be found at the fair.

There were baking contests for both residents and staff members. Staff member Jeanette Davis won first place in all categories and was named Pleasant Meadow Manor’s Baker of the Year.

Staff served lemonade and baked goods made by the residents for treats, and there was even a candy floss machine.

“The residents said it really smelt like a fair,” Kim says.

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Sharing some sweetness

Pleasant Meadow residents and staff treated to cake and ice cream, courtesy of local Lioness Club

Residents and staff members at Pleasant Meadow Manor were recently on the receiving end of some community love when members of the Norwood Lioness Club stopped by with cake and ice cream.

On Aug. 5, representatives from the Lioness Club, who were wearing face masks and practising social distancing, showed up at the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home’s parking lot with the sweet treats that were dished out to everyone.

The Peterborough Examiner even showed up to take a photo that was published the next day.

This isn’t the first time the Norwood Lioness Club has shown its support for the folks at Pleasant Meadow Manor. In February, club members dropped off Valentine’s Day cards for everyone.

While the global COVID-19 pandemic has been a trying time for everyone, it has also sparked many random acts of kindness like this.

Kim Williams, the life enrichment co-ordinator at Pleasant Meadow Manor, says the cake and ice cream the Lioness Club delivered went over well with everyone.

“The residents were overjoyed at their generosity and thoroughly enjoyed their treats,” she tells The OMNIway.

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