Creative minds introducing innovative ideas at OMNI homes

Woodland Willa resident Eileen Hunt is seen here seated with PSW Karen Brennan in the home’s Triobike, surrounded by her family.

Creativity is one of OMNI Health Care’s core values, and when creativity is harnessed in long-term care homes the result is often innovative ideas that enhance quality of life for residents.
In recent weeks, The OMNIway has been reporting on some of the innovative ideas team members throughout the organization have come up with. These ideas, while all very different in nature, have all resulted in making life more enriching for residents. The tie that binds these ideas is that they’re resident-focused and improve quality of life.

For instance, the Woodland Villa team recently purchased a Triobike, a three-wheeled bike with a two-seat carriage at the front. The Cornwall-area long-term care home even hosted an event to demonstrate to the community how the Triobike will be used to escort residents around town.

The Triobike was even used to help resident Eileen Hunt make a surprise visit to her husband Ed. It was her first visit home in four years.

Village Green resident Karen Traczyk is seen here dispensing hand sanitizer during recent outbreak.

“We are all in amazement about what this bike has brought to the home so far, and we’re looking forward to many more stories like this one,” says Woodland Villa administrator Janna Sabourin.

Meanwhile, Village Green registered practical nurse Denise Simpson saw an opportunity during an outbreak at the Greater Napanee long-term care home in July to engage a resident in infection-control practices.

Karen Traczyk was tasked with dispensing foam sanitizer to residents and staff members entering the dining room during mealtimes in an effort to stem contamination.

Denise says the idea behind getting Karen involved with infection-control practices was twofold: It engaged a resident in an important aspect of home safety while empowering her.

“This is their home, and they’re in the dining room observing things as much as we are sometimes, and the residents interact and socialize with each other,” Denise says.

“But we also want to get residents involved in their own care. Sometimes directing people comes better from your peers than from staff.”

Pictured above, a plate of zucchini-chocolate-chip-coconut muffins recently prepared for Country Terrace residents.

In spring, Country Terrace’s nutritional care, maintenance and life enrichment departments teamed up to create a garden in the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home’s backyard to grow a variety of produce, including tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions and garlic.

The idea came from the life enrichment department, maintenance manager Dave Payne is caring for the garden, and the nutritional care staff is using the veggies and herbs to create “farm-to-table” meals.

“This new way of cooking in restaurants (is) farm-to-table, where restaurants often have their own gardens on the roof, where they grow their own vegetables on the roof, and they pick and cook the same day, so it’s really fresh,” says nutritional care manager Alex Achillini.

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