Laundry Aide Stacey Pauls ‘lives Everyday Hero’

Village Green DOC ‘like my right arm’

While her duties are in housekeeping and laundry, Stacey Pauls makes time to connect with residents and listen to their stories. Read more

Village Green 100% restraint-free

Assessments, staff and family education make the difference

Village Green has no residents using restraints, a success director of care (DOC) Debbie McTaggart attributes to stringent assessments coupled with educating family members and staff. Read more

More nurse practitioners equal stronger LTC sector, says administrator

NPs also positioned to train front-line staff

The Ontario government’s plan to provide funding for 75 new, in-house nurse practitioners (NPs) in long-term care homes over the next three years is another step towards enhancing quality in long-term care homes, says Village Green administrator Linda Pierce.

Pierce notes how the Greater Napanee long-term care home already has an NP who visits when residents have care needs that are beyond front-line staff members’ scope of practice but do not warrant a transfer to hospital. The NP is accessed by the home through the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Although there is a physician who regularly visits Village Green, Pierce says there are those times when he cannot tend to a resident at a moment’s notice. This is where the NP steps in.

NPs visit long-term care homes to provide on-site care for medical issues that front-line staff members are unable to treat. Some of their work includes writing prescriptions for antibiotics, administering IV therapies, doing post-fall assessments and performing G-tube reinsertions.

Based on the value the NP is bringing to residents and staff members, Pierce says more NPs in the sector would enhance quality exponentially.

Additionally, Pierce notes that NPs are positioned to help train front-line staff members to enhance their skills.

“That will be a value to all long-term care homes,” Pierce says. “I think (more NPs) will be supportive to the homes because it will mean an additional player on the team. . . . It’s going to support the residents and lead right back to enhancing their quality of life.”

As part of the funding, long-term care homes that successfully apply for NP funding but are unable to recruit one will be able to access Ontario’s new Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner in Long-Term Care program.

Once launched in 2015-16, this initiative will support homes in providing registered nurses with the education and training to become nurse practitioners.

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Village Green raises $1,700 for Operation Warm Toes

Village Green administrator Linda Pierce recently shaved her head in support of Operation Warm Toes.

Village Green administrator Linda Pierce recently shaved her head in support of Operation Warm Toes.

Administrator Linda Pierce makes good on fundraising promise and shaves her head

Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Linda Pierce knew her shaved head would not be conducive to this bitterly cold winter, however, she says cutting off her hair was a small price to pay to contribute to the greater good.

Pierce, the administrator at Village Green, had her head shaved in January as part of her promise to staff members at the Selby, Ont. long-term care home for raising $1,700 for Operation Warm Toes, a yearly fundraising initiative in Greater Napanee to buy snow boots for children from low-income families.

Village Green’s participation in the fundraiser helped contribute to the 330 pairs of boots bought for children in the community. All told, the project raised about $8,000 this year.

Pierce was approached in December by staff members who wanted the home to participate in a fundraiser that would make a difference in the community. Pierce chose Operation Warm Toes and told staff members that if they raised $1,000 in two weeks she would shave off her hair in front of her co-workers, residents and their families.

The team found creative ways to raise money, even going to local media outlets to announce the fundraiser, in addition to having family and friends donate. The team sent e-mails to OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes to garner donations, and many of Village Green’s suppliers also gave money, Pierce notes. “I was really impressed with how (staff members) engaged the different resources in order to make this happen.”

Aside from raising money for a worthy cause, Pierce says the fundraiser proved to be an excellent team-building exercise.

“The team members were really empowered and worked together well,” she says.

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Village Green hosts community bazaar

‘It was one of our best ever,’ LEC says

November 12, 2013 — Natalie Hamilton

Hand-knit sweaters, jewelry, baked goods and unique crafts were among the items that helped draw a large crowd through the doors of Village Green recently.

The 66-bed OMNI long-term care home in the hamlet of Selby, Ont. hosted its annual Christmas craft and bake sale on the weekend.

With 23 tables spread out through two rooms and a steady flow of traffic, the event was a great success for a number of reasons, says Karen Coulter, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

“It was one of our best (bazaars) ever,” Coulter tells The OMNIway.

“We had to open another room.” Coulter says the parking lot was packed and shoppers meandered through the bazaar, which featured 20 community vendors, a table of goods baked by family and staff, a residents’ table and a refreshments table.

Vendors donated raffle items and people purchased tickets, which will be drawn during the residents’ Christmas party Dec. 17. Profits from the bazaar and the raffle tickets support the residents’ council fund.

Having community members visit the home was another key factor in the success of the event, Coulter notes.

“The biggest thing is the togetherness,” the LEC says.

“It’s such a wonderful community event. The atmosphere was very magical.”

Village Green administrator Linda Pierce provided tours of the home for those who requested to see more.

Residents were delighted to host so many guests. “The residents enjoyed it so much,” Coulter says, noting, “we have some ladies who like to shop.”

Coulter organized the bazaar with the help of several volunteers — people who “go out of their way” to help Village Green. Family members and volunteers helped put up posters, ensured a creative advertisement was published in the local paper and assisted with the set up and dismantling of the event.

“It was a team effort.”

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Long-time staff acknowledged at Village Green celebration

A scene from Village Green's recent 35th anniversary celebration.

A scene from Village Green’s recent 35th anniversary celebration.

35th anniversary a time to reflect on people’s

contributions

October 16, 2013 — Deron Hamel

Village Green’s rural location, coupled with the home’s friendly staff members and OMNI Health Care’s corporate culture, has resulted in many people spending the bulk of their careers at the Greater Napanee long-term care home, says administrator Linda Pierce.

Pierce, who has herself worked at Village Green for 25 years, says staff members’ commitment was top of mind during the home’s Oct. 7 celebration commemorating its 35th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, several staff members received pins acknowledging their many years of employment at Village Green.

Commemorative pins were awarded to staff members to honour five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.

“There were a phenomenal amount of pins given out that day,” Pierce says.

The home, which is located in the small village of Selby, is also a centre point for employment in the community, Pierce says.

“It’s a nice home,” she says of Village Green. “It has a really nice culture, and the people here are in it for the long run and we have very devoted people who really stick to it and they’re hard-working; they have common values and common goals.

“And the (staff members) love what they’re doing, so they’ve stayed here,” the administrator adds.

While Village Green had a large party for its 30th anniversary in 2008, the home decided on a quieter celebration in 2013. The event was advertised locally, and residents, their families and staff members past and present attended.

At the party, a 35th anniversary cake was presented and Bill Dunn, a local entertainer, provided music. The home also combined Thanksgiving into the 35th anniversary events, with a turkey dinner provided to staff members on all shifts.

Keep reading the OMNIway for upcoming stories about Village Green’s long-time staff members.

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Linda Pierce celebrating 25 years at Village Green

Administrator reflects on changes she has seen

October 9, 2013 — Deron Hamel

It was September 1988 when Linda Pierce started her career at Village Green and she has seen a lot of change in the course of 25 years.

The most notable change, she says, has been the different faces — both residents and staff members — she has seen pass through the Selby long-term care home’s doors throughout the years.

“These are the people that we connect with as a community at Village Green, and (people’s coming and going) has been both a little bit exciting and a little bit sad,” Pierce tells the OMNIway.

She notes how she has seen the changes that come with leadership, with each leader bringing strengths to the organization. When Pierce began her career at Village Green, Steve Wilson and a partner ran the organization. In 1989, Wilson became sole owner and, in 1998, his son, Fraser, took the reins until 2007 when OMNI was bought by Abacus Private Equity.

Of course, Pierce has experienced change herself. While she started her OMNI career as the home’s office manager, she was promoted to administrator in 1991. She credits OMNI’s support and belief in empowering its employees for helping her in her career.

Aside from the people and leadership changes Pierce has seen, there have also been systematic changes.

While the high level of resident care has remained constant, some aspects of care delivery have changed, she notes. Thanks to staff education and learning about best practices, Village Green and OMNI Health Care’s other 16 long-term care homes have enhanced processes, systems and policies to continuously improve resident care.

Pierce says it’s the relationships she has formed with people over the years that have made her job most rewarding.

“The journey has been an incredible, exciting path to walk on,” she says. “All the people have been so great. . . . If there is one thing I could say to all those people it would be a thank you for all the support they have given.”

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Service club outreach benefits seniors

Lions reach out to residents of Village Green

The Tamworth and District Lions Club first reached out to long-term care homes including Village Green to celebrate the renovation of the Beaver Lake Park in Tamworth; everyone had such a good time, that the Lions have repeated the outreach annually.

“If you only knew how much the Lions club enjoy doing that event,” says Lions member Wayne Rice. “The people who ride on the boats get such a big kick out of it. A woman in her 90s last year said it was her first time ever out on a boat. Our member really enjoy engaging with the residents, letting them see something new.”

Nine residents, four volunteers, the life enrichment co-ordinator and a life enrichment aide from OMNI Health Care’s Selby, Ont. home took part in a barbecue and pontoon boat rides on Beaver Lake organized and hosted by the Lions Aug. 14.

“The residents had such a good time a few years ago, that the Lions Club members decided to have the event every year to give to the community,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Karen Coulter.

esidents of Village Green in Selby, Ont. enjoy tours of Beaver Lake Park aboard a pontoon boat, thanks fo he Tamworth Lions Club.

residents of Village Green in Selby, Ont. enjoy tours of Beaver Lake Park aboard a pontoon boat, thanks for he Tamworth Lions Club.

“The residents enjoy getting together with others in the community and enjoying the summer activities and the great outdoors. It is a new experience for some, as they have never been on a pontoon.”

For many residents, the outing brings back memories, she adds.

“Many of the residents are from this area. They tell stories of Beaver Lake, boating, fishing and summer holidays, and of course the smell of a BBQ by the lake.”

Among its many community services, the Tamworth Lions Club maintains Beaver Lake Park. The boat tours of the lake for seniors and special needs groups are part of its outreach to the community, under its motto “We serve.”

“The Lions members are so gracious and go out of their way to assist residents and make the afternoon wonderful for all,” Coulter says.

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