The Great Gatsby comes to life at Woodland Villa

Residents enjoy a themed day to celebrate the Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties recently had a revival at Woodland Villa, when residents of the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home were treated to a themed event based on one of the most popular novels of the era, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Spearheaded by life enrichment aides Melissa Cleary and Liana Charbonneau, the event featured residents dressing up in attire from the era, including masquerade masks and pearl necklaces, and the home’s activity room was richly decorated to mimic a speakeasy.

Melissa explains how the idea for the event was born.

“Every summer we brainstorm ideas for the residents, and we wanted to try something new,” she tells The OMNIway.

“We figured, why not do a Great Gatsby day for something new. We wanted to incorporate a little of the 1920s era because we have never included that era in any of our themed programs, and a lot of our residents know about the music and the decorations from that time, so they really appreciated the atmosphere of the day.”

Due to restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing was in place with full safety precautions in effect.

Liana says residents enjoyed the event, adding they “loved” the decorations, food and music. The music brought back memories for residents, even if the 1920s were before their time.

“They all recognized the music and they were dancing to the songs,” she says, adding some residents had seen the 2013 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

“It was a really fun day for them.”

Liana says this was the first time the Woodland Villa life enrichment team organized an event based on a classic novel, but given the success of the Great Gatsby day, it’s something the team would consider building upon.

“We would do that again in the future, I think, that would be a great addition to our programming,” she says.

Melissa says The Great Gatsby proved to be the perfect classic novel to create a themed event around.

“People did recognize it, and others were interested to know what it was about, and once they learned about the book they came (to the program),” she says.

“We made the book come to life.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Woodland Villa resident Lucille Lauzon is pictured here enjoying a theme day at the home centred on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

In-house drive-thru window is giving Woodland residents their much-needed Timmies treats

Once a month, residents look forward to lining up to get their coffee and doughnuts

One thing many Woodland Villa residents have been missing since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared 16 months ago is their regular trips to Tim Hortons for coffee and doughnuts.

To remedy this, life enrichment team members at the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home have come up with a solution that’s making everyone happy.

Life enrichment team members Melissa Cleary, Liana Charbonneau and Kaitlynn Cotnam have made a Tim Hortons drive-thru window that has been decorated to look like the real thing, and residents and team members alike are having fun with it, says Woodland Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Lisa Doran.

Once a month, the life enrichment team sets up the drive-thru window and waits for residents to come up and place their order for coffee, tea, hot chocolate and doughnuts.

“The residents will go up to the window and place their order and get their coffee and Timbits, and then the next person comes up,” Lisa tells The OMNIway.

Recently, fancier drinks have been added to the menu, with the life enrichment team members making iced coffees topped with whipping cream, caramel or chocolate sauce.

While pandemic safety precautions remain in place, the Tim Hortons drive-thru window is bringing back some level of normality for residents, Lisa says.

And the life enrichment team members are having fun with it as well, she adds.

“They love doing it, so it’s great for everybody.”

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Woodland Villa puts a new ‘spin’ on exercises

Team members have incorporated the home’s game wheel into an exercise program with favourable results

The Woodland Villa life enrichment team has come up with a way to put a new “spin” on exercise programs – literally.

Team members at the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home have been incorporating a game wheel into an exercise program. Residents love spinning the wheel for games, so it was fitting the wheel would encourage them to participate in exercise activities.

Instead of prizes, each space on the wheel has an exercise routine written on it. Among the exercises that have appeared on the wheel are knee hugs, sit-to-stand exercises, arm circles, and knee raises and bends.

The “wheel of exercise” has been turned into a “ritual” by life enrichment aide Kaitlynn Cotnam, says Lisa Doran, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

During the program, residents will spin the wheel and whatever space the pointer lands on will be the exercise residents will do.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no large-group programming at Woodland Villa. The activity can be done in small groups or as a one-to-one program.

The program can also be held indoors or outside, Lisa says.

“The residents love it – they can have the program outside or wherever they want, even in their rooms,” she tells The OMNIway.

“It has been really great at getting the residents involved. It’s different all the time.”

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How ‘shooting hoops’ has become a favourite activity at Woodland Villa

A recently acquired Pop-A-Shot has been a safe and fun way to engage residents during the pandemic

A new basketball-themed activity at Woodland Villa is proving to be engaging for both residents and staff members at the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home.

Woodland Villa recently acquired a Pop-A-Shot basketball game that has been getting lots of use since it arrived at the home two and a half months ago, says Lisa Doran, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

The Pop-A-Shot combines old-fashioned basketball with an arcade game.

The game features two side-by-side basketball hoops and a backboard that’s surrounded by netting for safety. Players toss basketballs towards the hoops, and an electronic scoreboard tallies the baskets scored.

The game is set up in the activity area. Lisa says residents will often go to the Pop-A-Shot, pick up a basketball and start playing.

Staff members, when they have some down time, are also taking residents over and shooting hoops with them.

“(The Pop-A-Shot) is going over very well – both the residents and the staff love it; you can hear people using it all the time,” Lisa tells The OMNIway.

“They have competitions with each other, and even the staff will have competitions with each other.”

With safety restrictions in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is no large-group programming in long-term care homes. Since the Pop-A-Shot basketball game is a two-player activity, it’s the perfect tool for engaging residents in something they enjoy while adhering to important safety protocols, Lisa says.

Asked if she would recommend the Pop-A-Shot to other long-term care homes, Lisa doesn’t hesitate in her response.

“Definitely, it’s been great,” she says.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Woodland Villa resident Denis Gauvin takes aim with a basketball at the home’s recently acquired Pop-A-Shot. 

Woodland team helps resident Dorothy Daye celebrate 100th birthday

Team members organize a safe event to honour new centenarian

The Woodland Villa team rolled out the red carpet and hosted a safe event on June 15 for resident Dorothy Daye to help her celebrate her 100th birthday.

Staff members at the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home showered Dorothy with an array of gifts, including flowers, champagne and a birthday wreath.

Dorothy was also provided with a fancy hat that read, “Look who’s 100”, and a sash to honour her on her special day.

And, of course, there was a birthday cake for Dorothy, which she kindly shared with her fellow residents and staff.

Dorothy, who has lived at Woodland Villa since 2018, was able to celebrate her birthday with other residents in small groups, and social distancing was observed in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Lisa Doran, the life enrichment co-ordinator at Woodland Villa, says Dorothy had a long, busy day amidst all the birthday wishes and gift-receiving that comes with being a new centenarian, but she was thrilled with the adulation she received on her special day.

“She loved it,” Lisa tells The OMNIway. “She was tired at the end of the day, but she loved it.”

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OMNI receives final approvals to begin Woodland Villa redevelopment project

Renovations to expand the home from 111 to 128 beds will begin shortly

OMNI Health Care has taken initial steps towards beginning its redevelopment project to add 17 long-term care beds to Woodland Villa by carrying out preparatory work in anticipation of receiving the final approvals.

The project, which will increase the size of the Cornwall-area long-term care home from 111 beds to 128, is expected to begin shortly and be completed by December 2022, the original target date set when the project’s funding was approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in May 2018.

Several permits and approvals – both at the provincial and municipal level – must be obtained before long-term-care home redevelopment projects can move forward.

Construction was scheduled to start last spring at Woodland Villa; however, the global pandemic caused a setback because plans had to be created to ensure safety measures meeting Ontario’s COVID-19 precautions for workers were in place.

Once completed, the redeveloped Woodland Villa will have four spacious neighbourhoods where residents will live. There will also be wider hallways, more home-like dining and lounge spaces, and privacy for residents will be improved by replacing three- and four-bed wards with one- and two-bed rooms. The new design will also surround two courtyards, and there will be a large common area in the centre.

OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says the organization is pleased the redevelopment project is ready to begin.

“We are really happy to be underway and we are looking forward to the new Woodland Villa meeting the new design standards,” he says.

Woodland Villa is one of four OMNI long-term care homes to receive approval for redevelopment funding from the ministry.

Pleasant Meadow Manor has been approved for a redevelopment project to include 35 new beds, Almonte Country Haven will be awarded 17 beds and Country Terrace will be awarded eight new beds.

OMNI has also received ministry approval to build a new 160-bed Riverview Manor in Peterborough’s north end.

Final approvals for the Pleasant Meadow Manor and Almonte Country Haven redevelopment projects are expected to be received in the coming weeks, McCarthy says.

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Woodland Villa’s new safe visitation patio is proving to be a big success

‘We have had nearly every day booked with families who have been able to visit their loved ones’

Woodland Villa’s revamped patio, which is fitted with a wood and Plexiglas barrier to allow the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home’s residents to have safe visits with their loved ones during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, has been booked solid since opening May 27. Read more

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A new safety barrier attached to the home’s patio also allows everyone to enjoy outdoor visits while maintaining important protocols

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Woodland Villa cigarette butt recycling program reducing litter, helping residents’ council

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