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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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Resident photos proving to be effective engagement tools

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A photograph of a Country Terrace resident posing proudly in his military uniform, his medals earned for valour displayed conspicuously across his chest, is mounted outside his room at the Komoka long-term care home. This proved to be an effective conversation piece to engage the resident and his family as the man went through the end-of-life stage.
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Spirit of Winter Olympics comes to Maplewood

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The spirit of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has touched down at Maplewood, where residents and staff members at the Brighton long-term care home celebrated with their own opening ceremonies which included a torch relay.
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Expert uses interactive exercises to engage palliative-care network

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PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Psychotherapist Dr. Brian Nichols recently provided a group of local caregivers — including several staff members from OMNI Health Care long-term care homes — with a series of interactive exercises to help them evaluate their work and encourage them to always make time for themselves.
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Resident-to-resident relations can create grey areas

When a long-term care home resident expresses romantic interest in another resident, it sometimes creates a grey area. What’s important, says Lesley Dale, is that residents’ rights are top of mind for home staff and family members.
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Supportive Measures key to preventing unwanted advances: administrator

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Although Pleasant Meadow Manor has not had incidents of residents making unwanted sexual advances on other residents, administrator and director of care Sandra Tucker says staff members would look first to a tried and proven intervention — Supportive Measures — if they occurred.
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Online test may be valuable tool in detecting Alzheimer's

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A new online test developed by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center may help flag early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.
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Prolific Canadian chiseler continues to create

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COBOURG, Ont. - From the town park and art gallery near her home at Streamway Villa in Cobourg to the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Frances Gage’s artistry graces many spaces for all to see.
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Article on resident violence highlights triggers

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Maclean’s story steers clear of laying blame

When a violent act occurs in a long-term care home, too often media outlets will cover the story, explain the incident in great detail but miss the bigger picture. The result is that fingers start pointing at the home and its staff members while the cause of the incident is ignored.