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Here are the latest news stories from OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes across southern Ontario.

How a special name badge means ‘inclusion’ to a Country Terrace care aide

Country Terrace care aide Jennifer Hamblin says the Christmas-themed name badge administrator Karen Dann made for her in December not only made her feel part of a team it also helped ensure she received her COVID-19 vaccination recently.Country Terrace care aide Jennifer Hamblin says the Christmas-themed name badge administrator Karen Dann made for her in December not only made her feel part of a team it also helped ensure she received her COVID-19 vaccination recently.

Willows team honours co-worker with surprise bridal shower

In mid-December, Willows Estate nutritional care manager Davina Mesquito was getting ready to be married in the new year, and team members at the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home wanted to make sure she had a memorable bridal shower as she opened a new chapter in her life.

West Lake team hosts a ‘deer hunt’ for residents with great success

The West Lake Terrace team recently hosted a “deer hunt” that brought residents and staff members together for an engaging activity that resulted in lots of fun and laughter for all.

OMNI home redevelopment projects move forward in 2020

A major success for OMNI Health Care in 2020 was the move forward on three redevelopment projects, the announcement of a new home redevelopment project for Village Green and additional funding to expand the redevelopment project for the new Riverview Manor.

An appearance from ‘Scuba Steve’ made everyone’s day at Pleasant Meadow

Pleasant Meadow Manor registered nurse Shelly Vandenberg and life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams recently tapped into two of OMNI Health Care’s core values -- creativity and fun and laughter – to help keep the winter blues away.

‘Dancing Avon Lady’ spreads Christmas cheer at the Willows

Christmas is the time for giving, and residents and staff members at Willows Estate are grateful for the generosity of local Avon sales representative Jessica Yik and others in the community who helped spread holiday cheer at the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home in December.

Care aides bring emotional assistance and friendliness to Willows residents

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, resident care aides, who were hired to help the Willows Estate team in 2020, have been having a positive impact on residents and staff, says Azaria Kanda.

Maplewood residents treated to in-home Christmas parade

Life enrichment aide Rosanne Blackburn and her colleagues at Maplewood are known for coming up with creative ideas to enhance the quality of life for residents at the Brighton, Ont. long-term care home, and just before Christmas they organized another engaging event that put smiles on lots of faces: an in-home Santa Claus parade.

Local initiative brings Christmas presents to Streamway Villa residents

For the fourth straight year, the Stuff a Stocking for a Senior project helped ensure all residents of Streamway Villa woke up on Christmas morning to find presents to unwrap.