Fun and laughter resonates throughout OMNI homes in 2016

Resident Bernedette Lefleche joins in removing RPN Jake Hulse’s beard as part of a fundraiser at the Woodland Villa Fair on Aug. 17.

Resident Bernedette Lefleche joins in removing RPN Jake Hulse’s beard as part of a fundraiser at the Woodland Villa Fair on Aug. 17.

Intergenerational activities, community events and outings help provide quality experiences for residents

OMNI Health Care’s core value of “fun and laughter” was ubiquitous throughout 2016, with the organization’s 18 long-term care homes creating a myriad of events and programming that brought smiles to people’s faces and enhanced quality experiences for residents.

Intergenerational activities in long-term care homes have long been used to enhance quality experiences for residents. Activities that engage residents with children bring back many fond memories for seniors and create a fun atmosphere for everyone.

Children and grandchildren of Village Green residents and staff members gathered at the home March 26 for an Easter egg hunt. Aside from searching for chocolate Easter eggs, the children took time to mingle with residents.

Children and grandchildren of Village Green residents and staff members gathered at the home March 26 for an Easter egg hunt. Aside from searching for chocolate Easter eggs, the children took time to mingle with residents. In March, Village Green hosted its annual Easter-egg hunt for children and grandchildren of the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s residents.

This was the first time life enrichment aide Vicki Hartin organized the Easter egg hunt. In between searching for chocolate eggs and colouring, the children took time to meet with residents and mingle – which is exactly what Vicki was hoping to see.

“It was great; the residents enjoyed this immensely (and) they interact with the children very well,” Vicki said.

Woodland Villa’s 11th annual Country Fair was held Aug. 17 on the grounds of the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home. Each year the home invites residents, family members and the local community to stop by to enjoy the entertainment, games and auctions organized by the home’s team members.

Among the highlights of the day was the shaving of registered practical nurse Jake Hulse’s beard by resident Bernedette Lefleche as part of a fundraiser.

“He’s been growing it for over a year, so everyone was excited to see that go,” life enrichment co-ordinator Lisa Doran said.

Pictured above, Frost Manor residents and staff are on a bus heading to Camp Cherokee on Rice Lake.

Pictured above, Frost Manor residents and staff are on a bus heading to Camp Cherokee on Rice Lake.

For several years, Frost Manor and other long-term care homes in the Kawartha Lakes region have organized a three-day camping trip for residents in late summer.

This year the Frost Manor group was joined by seven residents as well as staff members from Extendicare Kawartha Lakes. This year’s outing to Camp Cherokee, which was from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, included two barbecues and a dance night.

There was also a boat trip on Rice Lake. Frost Manor resident Grace Leslie, who uses a wheelchair, didn’t think she’d be able to get on the boat, even though she wanted to take the trip.

“I said, ‘park me in the shade and I will wait until you come back. But (the camp staff member) said, no I’d like to take you,’ so they got me on the boat. I got to sit at the front,” Grace said. “It was a lot of fun – that was my first time to Rice Lake.”

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