‘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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BSO experience has helped PSW enhance resident-centred care

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

Learning about each resident’s individual history can help team members prevent agitation in residents with dementia

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Since joining the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team at Riverview Manor, personal support worker (PSW) Nicole Munro says the most important thing she has learned is how to better provide resident-centred care. Read more

Weighted blankets providing comfort to Riverview residents

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Since being introduced by the BSO team in 2018, these special blankets have helped relieve anxiety in residents

Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team lead says weighted blankets have helped calm residents affected by dementia and other conditions that create anxiety since they were introduced to the Peterborough long-term care home a little more than a year ago. Read more

Fleming OT/PT students wrap up 7-week placement by organizing a fun event for residents

Pictured above, Riverview Manor residents were treated to a “tournament day” organized by placement students from Fleming College.

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A group of students from Fleming College’s occupational therapy assistant and physiotherapy assistant (OP/PT) program wrapped up a seven-week placement at Riverview Manor by treating the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents to a “tournament day” that featured competitive activities that were also fun and had physical benefits. Read more

VIDEO: Plans for new Riverview Manor unveiled

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – OMNI Health Care and G architects, the Toronto-based firm designing the new Riverview Manor, unveiled conceptual images and the architectural plan for the new 160-bed, three-storey home at an information session at Riverview on Dec. 12. Read more

Riverview residents enjoy pasta lunch they created with Fleming students

Riverview Manor residents are pictured here enjoying homemade spaghetti and meatballs they prepared at a Feb. 14 luncheon.

Being able to eat a meal they made was a mark of independence for residents, says NCM

Riverview Manor residents got to reap the fruits of their labour at a Feb. 14 luncheon where meatballs and tomato sauce they previously made in cooking classes with Fleming College students were served up with pasta. Read more