Riverview Manor Movember fundraiser surpasses goal

Riverview Manor PSW Nick Mcllwain (left) and life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum show off the moustaches they grew in support of the Movember fundraiser.

Riverview Manor PSW Nick Mcllwain (left) and life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum show off the moustaches they grew in support of the Movember fundraiser.

Home raises $1,600 for prostate cancer research, doubling last year’s total

Riverview Manor’s third Movember fundraiser for prostate cancer research brought in nearly twice the donations of last year. Movember team captain Adam Wicklum says he had a personal reason for ensuring this year’s fundraiser was such a success. Read more

Antipsychotic reduction, preventing falls highlight Riverview Manor’s quality commitment

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Peterborough long-term care home showing strong numbers in these areas

From reducing antipsychotic medication administration to falls prevention, Riverview Manor has demonstrated its commitment to quality during the past year. Read more

Prevention key to Riverview Manor’s low incidence of falls

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Safety gear, low antipsychotic medication usage are other factors that have helped

Taking preventative measures and frequent risk assessment is being credited to Riverview Manor having the lowest rate of falls in OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes. Read more

Health unit recognizes Riverview, Pleasant Meadow for high flu-shot rates

Homes saw 80%-plus vaccination rates in 2013-14

Two of OMNI Health Care’s Peterborough County long-term care homes were recently honoured for having more than 80 per cent of their staff members vaccinated during last year’s flu season. Read more

Olympic-style games score high participation points at Riverview

Residents compete in two-day event promoting physical activity, sportsmanship and unity

Riverview Manor residents recently experienced a resurgence of the Olympic spirit, when the Peterborough long-term care home hosted a two-day event promoting physical activity, sportsmanship and unity. Read more

Riverview Manor residents join staff in Ice Bucket Challenge

Peterborough home raises $255 for ALS research

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – We’ve got one more Ice Bucket Challenge story for you! Read more

Riverview LEA addressing residents’ spiritual side

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Adam Wicklum offering prayer meetings, Bible study and meditation programs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Riverview Manor life enrichment aide (LEA) Adam Wicklum is bringing spirituality to the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents through prayer meetings, meditation activities and a Bible-study program.

About 15 residents are regularly attending the program, the LEA says, adding that people of all faiths are welcome as well as people who do not subscribe to any religion.

“It’s open to everybody who wants to come,” he says.

Some residents have even provided input to Wicklum for how to make the program more engaging. For example, one resident proposed getting residents to read verses aloud during the sessions, which is now part of the program. The resident also suggested Wicklum print biblical verses in large fonts so more people could read them.

“(The resident) also said that music really helps connect people, so in the Bible-study program and in the prayer meetings I will usually play two songs, one at the beginning and one at the end, that relates to the topic that we’re talking about,” Wicklum says.

The music, he adds, includes both traditional hymns and more recent music. The prayers and the music also provide residents an opportunity to reminisce, Wicklum points out. Residents with cognitive impairment, for instance, will often remember the music from their childhood.

While Wicklum is the one leading the program, the idea actually came from Riverview Manor’s residents’ council, whose members have requested additional spiritual services.

As part of the Spiritual Mondays program, Wicklum will select a theme — for example, right now it’s encouragement — that will be the focus of the prayer readings, Bible study and meditation activities.

Wicklum, in addition to leading Spiritual Mondays, writes and reads poetry to those who are receiving palliative care.

It’s Wicklum’s caring nature that earned him Riverview Manor’s Everyday Hero award this year. The accolade, which recognizes those staff members who go above and beyond for residents, will be presented to the LEA in August.

“He’s a very kind soul. He’s also very innovative,” says administrator Mary Anne Greco.

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– with files from Natalie Hamilton

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Riverview LEA is making residents hysterical

Riverview Manor resident Aileen Bailey is seen here with LEA Adam Wicklum during a laughter yoga session.

Riverview Manor resident Aileen Bailey is seen here with LEA Adam Wicklum during a laughter yoga session.

Adam Wicklum’s laughter yoga program providing many benefits to residents

Friday, July 25, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Laughter, it has been said, is the best medicine, and if that’s the case Adam Wicklum has the cure for what ails you.

For the past two months, the life enrichment aide (LEA) at Riverview Manor has been leading a biweekly laughter yoga program at the Peterborough long-term care home. Residents look forward to the activity and participation has brightened spirits and put smiles on faces, Wicklum says.

The idea behind laughter yoga is simple: voluntary laughter has the same benefits as regular laughter in the sense that both provide a myriad of benefits. Often, the process of forcing laughter turns into regular, spontaneous laughter.

Wicklum, who has completed training in laughter yoga, says the program provides social, mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual benefits.

“Research has found that as we get older we laugh less, but laughter yoga allows you to laugh for no reason,” Wicklum says, noting the reasons why laughter is important.

“Laughter yoga promotes a positive mental state, increases oxygen supply, builds physical stamina, boosts immune systems, (creates) social connectedness , improves circulation reduces pain, helps people relax and is fun.”

There are several steps to laughter yoga. These include clapping, chanting, deep-breathing exercises and “happy-face” breathing (called so because participants draw a happy face in the air). After these steps, Wicklum leads residents in the process of getting people to laugh.

Different types of laughter are also encouraged — everything from a hearty, ho, ho, ho, to mimicking the chuckle of people’s favourite fictional villain, such as a witch, Count Dracula or the Joker from Batman.

Sometimes, Wicklum leads residents in a “laughter choir” where they are instructed to laugh at different pitches and lengths to produce a long, conducive chuckle — such as “ho, ha, hee.”

Wicklum says resident response to the program has been encouraging.

“Last week I had a resident who didn’t want to go, but then changed her mind and when it was done, she said she really liked it and felt uplifted, so that was great to hear,” he says.

When Wicklum leads the program every other Wednesday he tries to mix up the atmosphere. Sometimes the program is held in the activity room, but if the weather is nice he and the approximately 20 resident participants will go outside.

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Car show delivers smiles to residents once again

Riverview Manor resident Doris Shiniman is seen here with one of the many classic cars at the home July 22 during its annual car show.

Riverview Manor resident Doris Shiniman is seen here with one of the many classic cars at the home July 22 during its annual car show.

Annual tradition has become so popular with residents, car club now calls home to book dates

Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Riverview Manor residents were once again treated to a car show that has become an important part of the Peterborough long-term care home’s culture.

In fact, the relationship between Riverview Manor and the enthusiasts who form the seniors’ car club has become so strong over the years the club now calls the home to book dates to visit — not the other way around.

Each summer car club members take their wheels to Peterborough-area long-term care homes and invite residents and staff members to have a look. The car show always brings back lots of memories for residents who often reminisce for days afterwards about the experience, says life enrichment co-ordinator Sherry Baldwin.

The July 22 event, which included a barbecue, saw an array of classic cars on display in the home’s parking lot. Baldwin says about 50 of the home’s 124 residents came outside to have a look at the cars, which included hot rods dating back more than 80 years.

“We also had a deejay this year, which was great, so there was lots of music and it was a lot of fun,” Baldwin says.  “The cars were absolutely gorgeous and the residents loved it.”

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Riverview salutes Inspired Leader, Everyday Hero

Pair honoured committed to professional growth: Greco

ORILLIA, Ont. – Becky Dennie has a thirst for knowledge. The long-standing Riverview Manor employee, who has developed and grown significantly in her career at the Peterborough long-term care home, recently earned Riverview Manor’s Inspired Leader award.

OMNI honoured staff members from its 18 long-term care homes May 7 during the second annual Awards and Recognition Night at Fern Resort.

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