Adjusting activities to meet safety standards has kept Pleasant Meadow residents engaged

From spiritual programs to bingo, residents have enjoyed many of their favourite activities during the pandemic, with staff working within the protocols to ensure safety

By making small changes to ensure safety and adhering to all ministry protocols, the Pleasant Meadow Manor team has been able to keep many programs the way residents enjoyed them before the COVID-19 pandemic began – even if there are some small differences.

With large-group programming on hold during the pandemic, the life enrichment team has been working hard to deliver the activities residents most enjoy, says Kim Williams, the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

For indoor activities, groups must be kept to five residents or less, with social distancing measures in place.

Walking and exercise programs have remained in place and have been suited for one-to-one programming, Kim says.

Meeting residents’ spiritual needs has also been top of mind for staff, Kim says. Before the pandemic began, there were volunteers from several denominations who would visit Pleasant Meadow Manor.

Since pastoral volunteers cannot be at the home during this time, life enrichment aide Sheila Fleury has stepped into this role.

On Mondays, Sheila will meet with residents for spiritual readings with small groups or individually.

On Sundays, the home sets up the smart TV and streams sermons from YouTube for residents who wish to attend religious services.

There are residents of many faiths at the home and Kim says team members work to meet all of their spiritual needs.

“We are still trying to keep that spiritual connection for them,” she says.

One of the most popular programs, bingo, has also continued with a different approach.

Rather than giving residents poker chips to place on their cards, which was how the game was played before the pandemic, they use bingo dabbers which are sanitized after every use.

Board games are also offered for small groups of socially distanced residents, with one staff member moving the game pieces around the boards to prevent touching.

“We continue with as many of the activities as we can as long as we can wipe items down,” Kim says.

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Pleasant Meadow residents enjoy a virtual trip to Canadian Canoe Museum

Engaging tour taught residents a lot about canoes and they had lots of questions

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents were recently treated to a free, virtual tour of the Canadian Canoe Museum that was educational and piqued a lot of interest.

While the museum is currently closed due to restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents were able to enjoy a thorough tour of the museum via the smart TV at the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home on June 22.

Located in Peterborough, the Canadian Canoe Museum showcases more than 100 canoes and kayaks. The unique museum is dedicated to educating people about the role of the canoe in Canadian history.

During the virtual tour, museum staff explained the different types of canoes on display at the museum. Residents learned about the history of the canoe and how they are made, says Pleasant Meadow Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams.

Everyone had lots of questions following the presentation, she adds.

“The residents enjoyed the tour and found it very interesting learning about the different types and ways that canoes were made,” Kim tells The OMNIway.

“They had a lot of pertinent questions that the staff were more than happy to answer, and it showed that they really were engaged during the whole tour.”

Residents enjoyed the free tour, thanks to a grant that has been provided to the museum by the United Way of Peterborough and the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund.

The museum is offering free virtual tours to long-term care and retirement homes throughout Peterborough County. Click here for more information.

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Pleasant Meadow residents treated to virtual concerts over Father’s Day weekend

Fan-favourite entertainer Art Lajambe performed via video to help dads celebrate their special day

The dads living at Pleasant Meadow Manor were treated to a special virtual concert provided by one of their favourite local entertainers, Art Lajambe, who performed by video for them over the Father’s Day weekend.

During the Father’s Day weekend, the Pleasant Meadow Manor gentlemen got to enjoy white wine spritzers and snacks from the tuck cart while watching Art’s performances that were streamed through the large-screen smart TV in the activity room.

With protocols in effect to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and their families could not be together inside the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home for Father’s Day festivities.

However, with Directive No. 3 in effect in Ontario long-term care homes, residents were able to enjoy safe outdoor visits with loved ones before the afternoon virtual performance.

While the performances may have been virtual, they were almost as good as having in-home entertainment, says Kim Williams, Pleasant Meadow Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

“It’s almost like Art was here because he still talks to the audience,” she tells The OMNIway.

Kim adds that one of the great things about Art’s performances is the way he engages residents and encourages their participation.

“He’s got a great voice and he sings a wide range of songs for them, and they will sing along with him, and they always really enjoy him,” she says.

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Pleasant Meadow residents treated to a Mother’s Day spa

‘Our ladies loved it; some were still talking about it Monday morning’

Two Pleasant Meadow Manor team members provided the ladies living at the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home with a day of pampering just before Mother’s Day.

On their own time and at their own expense, care assistant Jamie Cochrane and personal support worker Jeanette Davis organized a spa day for the residents on May 7, the Friday before Mother’s Day.

Kim Williams, the life enrichment co-ordinator at Pleasant Meadow Manor, says Jamie and Jeanette transformed the home’s hairdressing salon into “a lovely, warm, relaxing and welcoming spa room.”

The spa Jamie and Jeanette provided residents included facial treatments to cleanse and exfoliate skin, and manicures to get nails looking their best.

Jamie and Jeanette practised COVID-19 safety measures to keep everyone safe, Kim notes.

“Our ladies loved it; some were still talking about it Monday morning,” Kim tells The OMNIway.

Jamie and Jeanette received lots of positive feedback from the ladies.

One resident remarked how she felt “spoiled” during her spa treatment while another resident said she was unsure of what to expect but was pleasantly surprised after her nails and skin received special care.

“I’ve never (been to a spa) before, but I’m sure glad I did go in,” the resident said. “It was very nice, quite lovely.”

Kim says the spa day was the talk of Pleasant Meadow Manor for a few days.

“All the ladies enjoyed showing off their nails; some of them had never worn nail polish and thought it was a special treat,” she says.

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Pleasant Meadow Manor redevelopment project moving along smoothly

Phase 1 of the Pleasant Meadow Manor redevelopment project is underway, and everything has been running smoothly for residents and staff members as workers prepare the grounds outside the home for the expansion, says Sandra Tucker, the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home’s administrator and director of care.

Because the work will eventually affect the area around the home’s kitchen, temporary kitchens located in four large trailers have been installed outside the home for the nutritional care team to prepare residents’ meals once work inside begins.

Workers have been on site since November when the first shovels went into the ground to start the expansion project which will see a two-storey, 34,000-square-foot addition to the south side of the home.

Once completed, Pleasant Meadow Manor, which currently has 61 beds, will have room for 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. When renovations are done, 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.

Sandra says so far noise levels have been low and residents and staff have not been impacted by the changes going on outside.

The redevelopment project is expected to be complete by December 2022.

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Pleasant Meadow residents receive first COVID-19 vaccination, second dose coming

Immunizations bring ‘a sense of relief and hope’ to residents and staff

Most of the residents of Pleasant Meadow Manor have received their first dose of the vaccine to protect them from the COVID-19 virus, and they are expected to get the booster immunization in the coming days.

On Jan. 28, paramedics from Peterborough Public Health were at the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home to work with front-line staff members to immunize all residents who had given consent to receive the vaccine.

The paramedics are expected to return to Pleasant Meadow Manor this week to administer the booster shot, says Sandra Tucker, the home’s administrator and director of care.

With the first round of resident vaccinations complete and the second immunizations coming soon, Sandra says there’s “a sense of relief and hope” amongst residents and staff members that the global pandemic’s end is on the horizon.

All municipalities covered by Peterborough Public Health, including Norwood, are currently in the yellow zone of the Ontario government’s colour-coded reopening framework. Municipalities in yellow zones are under “strengthened measures” and are expected to focus on protection.

Keeping in line with safety protocols, there are no large-group activities at Pleasant Meadow Manor at the moment, but residents are receiving one-to-one and small-group programming involving five or fewer people, with social distancing and other safety measures in effect.

The Government of Ontario says on its website that vaccinations will be crucial to curbing COVID-19 infection.

“(Vaccines) will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life,” the website states.

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine does not cause a coronavirus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you.”

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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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