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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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‘We’re both giving to each other in different ways’

A friendship circle is a popular gathering all-round for residents and the volunteer who co-ordinates the activity at Willows Estate.
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Karen Coulter’s love of life is remembered at memorial service

SELBY, Ont. - “Enjoy every moment, even the small ones, as they are all precious.” These are the words of advice life enrichment co-ordinator Karen Coulter left for residents and her colleagues at Village Green. They were read at her April 24 memorial service held at the Greater Napanee long-term care home.
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Country Terrace managers donning scrubs on weekends to help front-line staff

Country Terrace managers have been donning scrubs and helping front-line team members on the floor on weekends for the past five months in an effort to enhance resident care and reduce an often heavy work for front-line staff, especially personal support workers (PSWs).
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Life is ‘ducky’ at Springdale Country Manor

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. - Two newly hatched ducklings arrived at Springdale Country Manor ahead of the Easter weekend for a weeklong stay at the Peterborough-area long-term care home where they have been a big hit with residents and staff.
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Frost Manor volunteers treated to Mexican-themed luncheon to thank them for their work

LINDSAY, Ont. - Frost Manor team members celebrated their volunteers April 5 by hosting a Mexican-themed luncheon in honour of the people who generously donate their time to enhancing the quality of life for the Lindsay long-term care home’s 62 residents.

Getting to know residents on a personal level has made LTC an attractive career option, student says

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Four weeks into her seven-week placement at Riverview Manor, Fleming College occupational therapy assistant and physiotherapy assistant (OP/PT) student Jeel Patel says she’s decided she wants to work with long-term care home residents once she completes her program in June.
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Willows Estate toasts volunteers with roast beef dinner

From the man who clears the dishes after a meal to the woman who hosts a small friendship circle, Willows Estate views its volunteers as integral members of the care team.
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RPN says joining Riverview BSO team was a chance to make a difference

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Riverview Manor registered practical nurse (RPN) Carly Kenny says she applied for a position on the Peterborough long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team nine months ago because she saw opportunities to use her skills to enhance the quality of life for residents living with dementia.
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Budget 2019: OMNI happy with gov’t investment in LTC redevelopment, but more details are needed

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says the organization is pleased with the announcement in the 2019-20 budget that the Ontario government will be committing $1.75 billion in annual funding over the next five years to support 30,000 new and upgraded beds. However, funding levels will need to match rising construction, utility, maintenance and property costs as well as increasing municipal tax burdens that arise as a result of redevelopment, he adds.