New LEC says she’s found her calling at Streamway Villa

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht, right, is pictured with resident Vera Haden in the photo from 2019.

‘I want to be an advocate for the seniors. I’m very passionate about that,’ says Laurie Kracht

As Streamway Villa’s new life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), Laurie Kracht says she has found her calling. Read more

VIDEO: Company donates video of Streamway Villa residents having safe fun during the pandemic

To encourage the spirit of fun and laughter at Streamway Villa, a local video and media production company created and donated a video of the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents having some safe fun during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

‘My dad showed me what I was supposed to do in life’

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht, right, is pictured here with resident Vera Haden in this photo from autumn 2019.

Streamway Villa’s new LEC, Laurie Kracht, says caring for her father inspired her to pursue a career in LTC

Laurie Kracht became Streamway Villa’s new life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) in early July, and she credits her late father for inspiring her to take the career path that brought her to the Cobourg long-term care home. Read more

Splash party scores lots of laughter from Streamway residents

‘I have not seen some of the residents laugh like they did in a long time,’ LEC says

In an effort to beat the heat and have some outdoor fun, Streamway Villa organized a splash party for residents and staff members in the Cobourg long-term care home’s garden on July 22. Read more

Streamway Villa residents treated to a special violin, guitar performance

Pictured above, Taylor Stacey plays violin for Streamway Villa residents from outside the fence that surrounds the home’s garden.

Student Taylor Stacey hosts a safe, outdoor show for residents

Since Taylor Stacey could not enter Streamway Villa due to restrictions in place during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the high-school student came up with a creative idea to safely bring some entertainment to residents of the Cobourg long-term care home. Read more

Pet therapy can change the ‘energy’ of a long-term care home: Streamway volunteer

Duffy, a British golden retriever, is a St. John Ambulance therapy dog who has visited Streamway Villa with his owner, Lisa Denvir. Due to protocols to keep residents and staff safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no pet-therapy programming at OMNI Health Care long-term care homes.

Lisa Denvir, who has visited Streamway Villa with her therapy dog Duffy, says animals bring many benefits to residents

When dogs and cats visit a long-term care home with their handlers for pet therapy programs, residents often develop a connection with the animal that remains after the session has ended, says Lisa Denvir. Read more

Streamway volunteer recalls the positive impact her therapy dog had on a resident

Duffy, a British golden retriever, is a St. John Ambulance therapy dog who has visited Streamway Villa with his owner, Lisa Denvir. Due to protocols to keep residents and staff safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no pet-therapy programming at OMNI Health Care long-term care homes.

‘For me, when I see that dramatic of a change, that’s particularly rewarding,’ says Lisa Denvir

Pet therapy programs are valuable assets to long-term care homes because of the positive impact they have on residents, but Lisa Denvir, who has visited Streamway Villa with her British golden retriever, Duffy, says the pair also reaps rewards from their time at the home. Read more

Support from local businesses and families has helped keep spirits high at Streamway Villa

‘I continue to be so thankful to live in a small town that continues to show community support in such dark times,’ says LEC

Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty says she and her co-workers at Streamway Villa are thankful for the gifts and acts of kindness the Cobourg long-term care home has received in recent weeks from local businesses, the community and residents’ family members. Read more

Streamway residents get special Easter surprise from one resident’s great-grandchildren

Streamway Villa residents received a pleasant surprise just before Easter when each received a special hand-made gift from the great-grandchildren of resident Ken Freeman. Read more

Streamway Villa residents, staff dance their stressors away

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Cook, LEA host dance party to boost spirits during global pandemic

When she’s in the dining room, Streamway Villa cook Litsa Christodoulou can’t help but notice how music during meals inspires humming and singing by some of the residents (click here to watch video). Read more