Creativity is one of OMNI Health Care’s core values, and it’s a value we saw people throughout the organization embrace in 2017.
Creativity can be harnessed in many ways. Sometimes it shows when a person embraces a talent or skill. Other times it’s simply a matter of thinking outside the proverbial box.
For example, Almonte Country Haven RAI co-ordinator Sarah White made one resident’s day in May when she embarked on a quest to find the lady’s nursing school graduation photo.
The resident had graduated 76 years ago from Renfrew Victoria Hospital. Sarah was working on a display during National Nursing Week at the time to celebrate retired nurses living at the Lanark County long-term care home.
Sarah found the lady’s photo online, printed it off and showed it to her.
“Her face was priceless,” Sarah said. “I was fighting back tears. … That was the highlight of this project for me – finding that picture and seeing that look on her face. I went home that night and said to my partner, ‘This literally is what makes me love my job.’ ”
Creativity has also been a pillar at Village Green in Greater Napanee, where a program encouraging residents to maximize their artistic skills and celebrate their creative achievements has proven successful.
The Art with Martha program, which is led by volunteer Martha de Bruyn, has encouraged several residents to start painting with watercolours. Other residents have rekindled their interest in painting since starting the program.
Favourite subjects to paint include summer scenes and flowers, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Karen Coulter. The artwork has been displayed at the home for everyone to enjoy.
“The residents, when they’re painting, really have a sense of pride in what they have done,” life enrichment co-ordinator Karen Coulter said.
For several years, The OMNIway has highlighted the creativity of resident Frank Trombley, who is always working on projects. Frank’s most recently completed project, a model log cabin, was on display inside Burnbrae Gardens for all to see after he finished it in the autumn.
The model, with all its realistic features and attention to detail, took Frank two years to complete.
Like with Frank’s other projects, which have included a wide array of model planes, dioramas and houses, most of the materials used to make the log cabin were brought in by his family and friends.
Frank used his ingenuity as well. The cabin’s logs were made from a clothes-drying rack he disassembled. The chimney is made from copper tubing. Stones his son brought in were used to build the fireplace.
The roof, which has shingles made from wooden shims that Frank cut and marked to give them a realistic look, can be removed to reveal the upstairs bedroom Frank made.
While Frank, 88, clearly has a strong creative streak, he humbly insists that projects like his log cabin aren’t difficult to complete.
“It just takes time, that’s all,” he says with a chuckle. “You work on (these projects) here and there, and then all of a sudden it’s done.”
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