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

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

Riverview pen-pal program an example of creating social inclusion for residents

RPN/BSO lead discusses how a recent OMNIway story about the importance of social inclusion ties in with a program two staff members created

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A recent OMNIway story about the importance of social inclusion for seniors caught the eye of Riverview Manor registered practical nurse (RPN) and Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) lead Becky Dennie, who notes how a pen-pal program two team members at the Peterborough long-term care home recently created ties in with this message. Read more

Info session updates Riverview residents and family members on home’s rebuild

The ministry has approved the design for the new 160-bed home, and residents and families were keen to talk about its features

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – About 20 residents and family members attended a June 25 information session at Riverview Manor to update them on the progress of the construction project to build a new 160-bed, three-storey home, which is slated to open in Peterborough’s north end by December 2022. Read more

Riverview staff redirects resident’s penchant for writing ‘inappropriate notes’ towards something positive

Rather than writing rude notes for staff, the resident now pens friendly letters to another resident at Burnbrae Gardens

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – When a Riverview Manor resident began leaving “inappropriate notes” for staff at the Peterborough long-term care home, two team members created a plan to harness the resident’s flair for writing and direct it towards something positive. Read more

‘Easter ducklings’ get treated to a stay at Riverview Manor

Residents enjoy two weeks with their feathery guests

You’ve heard of Easter bunnies but what about Easter ducklings? Read more

VIDEO: Family member discusses positive impact new Riverview Manor will have on residents, staff

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Carol Martin says she believes when construction on the new Riverview Manor is complete by December 2022, the amenities offered at the revamped 160-bed, state-of-the-art long-term care home will have a positive impact on residents and staff. Read more

Riverview BSO team receives first-ever Team Impact Award from the Central East LHIN

The team was nominated by PRC nurses from the PASE team at Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team received the Central East Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN) first-ever Team Impact Award on March 26 for its work reducing and preventing agitation in residents who are living with cognitive impairment. Read more

Working with LTC residents, you can see the difference you make in their lives, student says

Four Fleming College occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant students are doing a seven-week placement at Riverview Manor. Pictured above, from left to right: Jeel Patel, Divya Patel, instructor Natasha Annette-Lawrence, Domenique Douglas and Van Tran Thi Thao.

Domenique Douglas says her Riverview Manor placement has been ‘rewarding’

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Fleming College occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant (OP/PT) student Domenique Douglas says one thing that has stood out for her during her placement at Riverview Manor is how quickly she and other students can make a difference in residents’ quality of life. Read more

RPN says joining Riverview BSO team was a chance to make a difference

Pictured from left to right, Riverview Manor BSO team lead Becky Dennie, PSW Nicole Munro and RPN Carly Kenny.

Carly Kenny’s many years of experience have proven valuable to the BSO team

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor registered practical nurse (RPN) Carly Kenny says she applied for a position on the Peterborough long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team nine months ago because she saw opportunities to use her skills to enhance the quality of life for residents living with dementia.

The BSO team works with residents living with dementia who are exhibiting responsive behaviours. The goal of BSO teams in long-term care homes is to prevent the triggers that may cause residents to become agitated, largely by learning about each person’s history.

“It was a different avenue to go into,” Carly tells The OMNIway. “I’ve done lots of hands-on nursing over the years, and this was a new path to grow and to explore.”

Carly notes there is a major focus on providing person-centred care in the long-term care sector and learning about people’s history and how their history may be impacting them now that they have a cognitive impairment. This, she says, helps improve the quality of care provided to residents.

Carly says some of the key interventions she has found helpful in working to prevent agitation in residents with cognitive impairment include music therapy; environmental changes, such as room rearrangements; and one-to-one time.

“Everyone is kind of like a puzzle when they have dementia,” Carly says. “You have to figure out what is unique about them and how you can best support them.”

Indeed, Carly’s experience as an RPN has been a major asset to the BSO team since she joined, says Riverview Manor BSO team lead Becky Dennie.

“Carly brings many years of experience as an RPN to the table, so just having that experience and bringing that to the team, the four girls (on the BSO team) will focus on a task and she is very good at keeping everyone focused,” Becky says.

BSO is a provincial initiative that’s enhancing quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that can cause agitation. The funding, which is provided to long-term care homes through the province’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks, is largely put towards staff education.

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