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

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More LTC NPs will pave way for enhanced seniors care

Having access to a nurse practitioner (NP) is enhancing quality of life for residents living at Burnbrae Gardens, and by adding 75 new NPs to Ontario long-term care homes, the province is paving the way for better seniors’ health care while reducing burden on emergency rooms, says April Faux.
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NP announcement 'exciting,' says Frost Manor nurse

When long-term care residents need medical attention that cannot be provided by in-house nursing staff, they often need to be transferred to hospital. But when homes have access to a nurse practitioner (NP) this transfer is usually avoided — and the more transfers can be avoided the better, says Nancy Lafete.
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Evacusleds could 'save a lot of lives' in emergencies: PSW

If a fire ever broke out in a long-term care home equipped with Evacusleds, the devices would “save a lot of lives,” says Willows Estate personal support worker (PSW) and fire-safety team member Hayley Barclay.
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Patient ombudsman announced by Ontario government

TORONTO - OMNI Health Care is supportive of a section of accountability legislation announced at Queen's Park March 6.
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Pleasant Meadow applauds province's investment in LTC nurse practitioners

Pleasant Meadow Manor nursing administrative services manager Susan Towns is applauding the Ontario government’s recent announcement to invest in 75 nurse practitioners during the next three years who will tend to the needs of long-term care home residents.
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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.