OMNI homes celebrate Thanksgiving with family, turkey

Holiday larger than Christmas for Pleasant Meadow Manor residents

From packing their bags to stay with family to enjoying a turkey dinner in-house, OMNI Health Care marked Thanksgiving with all of the trimmings. Read more

Scarecrow competition gets residents into Thanksgiving spirit

Pleasant Meadow Manor takes part in Norwood Fair

From painting the crow on its head to fetching corn husks, Norwood long-term care home residents got into the Thanksgiving spirit by building a scarecrow for the village’s scarecrow competition. Read more

Pleasant Meadow Coffee Break raises $60 for Alzheimer Society

Pleasant Meadow Manor hosted a Coffee Break event Sept. 12 which raised $60 for the Alzheimer Society of Canada in honour of September being World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. 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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The redeveloped Pleasant Meadow will meet needs of future generations of residents: administrator

Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects, shows residents and staff members at Pleasant Meadow Manor what their home will look like after redevelopment is complete.

Amenities, such as a therapy gym, a hair salon and more space, will match needs of baby boomers when redevelopment project is completed in 2022

NORWOOD, Ont. – With added features that include a therapy gym, a hair salon and significantly more space, Pleasant Meadow Manor will be able to meet the needs of future generations of residents when its redevelopment project is complete by December 2022, says administrator and director of care Sandra Tucker. Read more

‘This is really cool’: Residents, staff applaud design for Pleasant Meadow redevelopment

Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects, shows residents and staff members at Pleasant Meadow Manor what their home will look like after redevelopment is complete.

The renovations, which will provide the Norwood LTC home with more space and new amenities, gets unanimously positive feedback

NORWOOD, Ont. – Matthew Dexter dons a pair of virtual-reality goggles to look at the three-dimensional design of what the new Pleasant Meadow Manor will look like once completed. The smile that spreads across his face is telling. “This is really cool,” the Norwood long-term care home’s residents’ council president says. Read more

Pleasant Meadow Manor presents Lifetime Achievement Award to two outstanding residents

Pleasant Meadow Manor resident Joan Warburton (middle) is pictured here with her Lifetime Achievement Award, alongside OMNI chief operating officer Shawn Riel (left) and Pleasant Meadow administrator and director of care Sandra Tucker.

Ben Ibey and Joan Warburton have a long history of helping others

The Pleasant Meadow Manor team presented two residents, Ben Ibey and Joan Warburton, with OMNI Health Care’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award during a December ceremony at the Norwood long-term care home. Read more

Pleasant Meadow hosts one of its most successful Christmas bazaars

$2,200 raised will help buy Christmas presents for residents

Pleasant Meadow Manor hosted one of its most successful Christmas bazaars to date, raising $2,200 that will be put towards buying Christmas presents for each of the Norwood long-term care home’s 61 residents and providing funding for extra entertainment and special food over the holidays.

The bazaar, which was held Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, included sales of crafts such as knitted and wooden items residents made. There was also a wide array of baked goods residents helped make that were sold at the event.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden says residents worked hard in the weeks leading up to the bazaar.

“We were baking for a good month beforehand and putting everything in our freezer to get ready,” she says. “Then, just before the bazaar, we took (the baked items) out, trayed them and priced them.”

The bazaar also included a 50-50 draw, and residents sold tickets for the draw a few weeks in advance “and did a really great job,” Chris adds.

There was also table with 18 donated items for sale that included wreaths, blankets and signs.

Chris attributes much of the success this year’s Christmas bazaar had to the fact there are many new family members who have been active at the home and who helped pitch in and spread the word about the event.

Chris adds this year’s Christmas bazaar raised the largest amount of money she can recall.

“It was the largest this decade, anyway.”

Photo cutline: Pleasant Meadow Manor’s recent Christmas bazaar raised $2,200 to buy presents for residents to open Christmas Day.Pleasant Meadow Manor’s recent Christmas bazaar raised $2,200 to buy presents for residents to open Christmas Day.

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Homes host costume parties for Halloween

Residents ‘enjoy seeing the staff dressed up’

From a newborn dressed as Batman to a staff member sporting a head-to-toe pumpkin costume, Halloween was a memorable occasion at Rosebridge Manor. Read more

7 Pleasant Meadow residents earn ribbons for entries at Norwood Fall Fair

Crafts and baked goods made by residents wow fair’s judges

Not only did Pleasant Meadow Manor residents have a lot of fun making crafts and baking treats to enter in contests at the Norwood Fall Fair over the Thanksgiving weekend, seven of their 22 entries won ribbons. Read more