Creative minds flourish at OMNI in 2018

OMNI Health Care’s core value of creativity flourished in 2018, resulting in innovative programming that enhanced quality of life for people living in the organization’s long-term care homes.

In early 2018, the Woodland Villa team bought a Triobike to help residents of all physical abilities go into town for a safe, enjoyable bike ride with others. By June, the Triobike, a three-wheeled bike with a two-seat carriage at the front, was ready to hit the streets. The bike was used this year to take residents for rides around Long Sault, to Tim Hortons and even to stop in on family members.

“(The Triobike) gives anyone and everyone the right to wind in their hair,” said Woodland Villa administrator Janna Sabourin.

Knowing that the 1950s is a decade that brings back fond memories for many residents, the Rosebridge Manor team decided to host a ’50s-themed diner at the Jasper, Ont. long-term care home in early autumn.

The team displayed printed photos of Elvis Presley and set the tables with red tablecloths and checkered napkins.

The meal was served by a waitress – Rosebridge Manor’s nutritional care manager Kori Bigelow – who was dressed for the role in an ensemble that included a pencil skirt complete with a poodle embellishment.

Residents enjoyed whistle dogs and french fries served in baskets, along with milkshakes and sundaes. Music from the decade accompanied the meal held in the dining room, which was named Elsie’s Diner for the occasion.

“It’s something different for (residents),” said life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Kathy Barr. “It brings back memories from a different time of their life.”

Kim Williams, a new member of the Frost Manor life enrichment team, demonstrated her creative flair during Halloween this year. She came up with a craft idea to create pieces of art with masks for Halloween.

She got 15 residents in on the fun creating these unique masks that reflected each resident’s personal taste. The masks were assembled using glitter, paint, foam shapes and paper cutouts.

The masks were worn on Halloween evening for the Halloween party where the residents got to dress up and compete for the best-dressed.

“Kim’s energy and enthusiasm for this event (spread) throughout the home and residents (were) very excited for the Halloween Party,” said the Lindsay long-term care home’s LEC Lyndsay Burton.

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