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

Frost Manor

Short-stay visits have had a positive impact on Frost Manor residents: LEC

Being able to do something as simple as spending an hour in a local park with family members has made a world of difference to Frost Manor residents, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton.

If you can’t bring residents to a tea social, then bring a tea social to residents

Being creative and thinking outside the box are valuable assets to people working in long-term-care home life enrichment departments, and during these challenging times, those attributes are especially valuable.

Self-directed art program at Kentwood Park also has therapeutic benefits

A self-directed art program at Kentwood Park has proven to be an ideal program for residents to be creative, expressive and to have a fulfilling activity in a safe environment.

Pandemic has strengthened OMNI’s, LTC sector’s knowledge about curbing viral spread

Although OMNI Health Care and the long-term care sector at large had a wealth of knowledge about infection, prevention and control best practices before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the level of understanding of how to keep residents and staff members safe from the highly contagious virus has greatly increased during the past six months, says Patrick McCarthy.

Village Green residents were missing Tim Hortons, so staff built a Tim Hortons at Village Green

Challenging times often call for creative measures, and Village Green life enrichment team members really came through for residents when they heard how much people living at the Greater Napanee long-term care home were missing outings to Tim Hortons.

Springdale residents treated to their first live entertainment since March

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. - Springdale Country Manor residents were treated to their first live music entertainment since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, and they couldn’t have been happier.

Maplewood LEA shares her First Nations culture with residents

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Rosanne Blackburn is known for entertaining the Brighton, Ont. long-term care home’s residents with her Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton impersonations, but she recently changed things up and shared some of her Ojibwa culture by performing a ceremonial dance.

Balancing safety with quality of life as OMNI homes head into winter

While keeping residents safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the top priority for OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes, safety protocols should be balanced with measures to continue providing residents a high quality of life, says the organization’s president and CEO Patrick McCarthy.

In-home visits have been a ‘game-changer’ for residents’ emotional well-being: LEA

When it comes to residents and their loved ones seeing each other, nothing is better than them being in the same room, says Azaria Kanda, a life enrichment aide at Willows Estate.