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

Pet therapy at Country Terrace.
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CYFS says Willows fire-safety team setting example for other LTC homes to follow

AURORA, Ont. - Central York Fire Services (CYFS) personnel is so impressed with the Willows Estate fire-safety team’s recent evacuation drill they want to use a video of the exercise to demonstrate how long-term care homes should react in an emergency.
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Riverview breakfast program is getting people talking

Anita Kossmann was in a chatty mood, meeting new people over pancakes, blueberries and peameal bacon last Friday during Riverview Manor’s ladies’ breakfast club.
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Willows Estate 'leading the way' in LTC fire safety: CYFS captain

AURORA, Ont. - Central York Fire Services (CYFS) fire prevention officer Capt. Ryan Schell says the success of Willows Estate’s Feb. 28 evacuation drill shows the home is “leading the way” in fire safety in the region’s long-term care homes.
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Tanya the Turkey a source of inspiration at West Lake

Sometimes inspiration for resident-centred care comes from an unexpected source, as the West Lake Terrace team has recently discovered.
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How a handful of Cheerios made a difference on Valentine's Day

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When Jackie Mularchuck was at Maplewood visiting her husband George on Valentine’s Day she got a huge surprise when she was presented with a heart-shaped handful of Cheerios on a table.
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Country Terrace going to the dogs

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Pet therapy’s positive impact on people with cognitive impairment is well documented, and the Country Terrace team sees these benefits every time a St. John Ambulance therapy dog visits the home, says Veronica Couto.
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Local media highlights Woodland pet-therapy program

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Woodland Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lisa Doran is applauding a local newspaper for recent articles highlighting the Long Sault home’s pet-therapy program.
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Alzheimer Society develops new info on person-centred care

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The Alzheimer Society of Canada has released new information to assist long-term care homes in providing person-centred care. Mary Schulz, education director at the Alzheimer Society of Canada, says the seven PC P.E.A.R.L.S can be introduced to homes in conjunction with already effective tools, including OMNI Health Care’s Supportive Measures program.
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Pleasant Meadow cheers on as Canadian women take gold

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It was all hoots and hollers at Pleasant Meadow Manor on Thursday afternoon as residents and staff members watched Team Canada beat Team USA 3-2 to win the gold medal for the fourth consecutive time in the Winter Olympics.