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OMNI residents show dedication to each other and their homes in 2018

Residents helping engage others about Bill of Rights, sanitizing hands during an outbreak and keeping yards in top shape were among the stories we saw this year

People living in OMNI Health Care long-term care homes demonstrated commitment to their fellow residents and to their homes in 2018 in a variety of ways that were meaningful and enhanced quality of life.
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LEAs commended for hard work organizing Frost Manor’s Mother’s Day event

Entertainer Eileen Hennessy is seen here playing guitar for Frost Manor residents and their guests during the home's Mother's Day high tea on May 8.

Entertainer Eileen Hennessy is seen here playing guitar for Frost Manor residents and their guests during the home’s Mother’s Day high tea on May 8.

‘I had great reviews when I came into work,’ says LEC

When Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Vi O’Leary arrived at work Monday morning she was met with a flurry of kind comments from residents about the Mother’s Day high tea the Lindsay long-term care home had hosted Sunday. Read more

Chinese new year, job fair and Valentine’s lunch mark busy week at Frost Manor

Chinese new year is one of the many events being held at Frost Manor this week. Feb. 8 marked the first day of the Chinese lunisolar calendar.

Chinese new year is one of the many events being held at Frost Manor this week. Feb. 8 marked the first day of the Chinese lunisolar calendar.

Events engage both residents and community

It has been a fun and busy week chockfull of events at Frost Manor and there’s more to come with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, says Vi O’Leary, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator. Read more

Frost Manor the recipient of a random act of kindness

Volunteer group stops by home to spruce up garden area

The area surrounding Frost Manor’s garden is looking better than ever, thanks to a local volunteer group’s hard work on June 7.

LOL: Love on Lindsay is a community beautification initiative in Lindsay that involves volunteers taking time to perform painting, gardening and landscaping chores around town. Read more

Frost Manor’s new aquarium seeing ‘highly positive responses’

Family member donates fish tank to home

When the daughter of a Frost Manor resident saw colourful fish swimming in an aquarium at Victoria Manor, another Lindsay long-term care home, she was inspired.

At the time, Michele Bouchier was looking for a home for her mother, Marilyn. After Marilyn moved into Frost Manor last September, Bouchier became active in the home’s family council. It was at a family council meeting attended by two representatives from Victoria Manor’s council who attested to residents’ “highly positive responses” to the fish tank at that home, that she was convinced Frost Manor should get an aquarium.

So Bouchier put the idea into action and donated a fish tank to the home recently. She is even paying the monthly fee for Kawartha Aquariums in Peterborough to visit the home to maintain the tank.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary says residents are already enjoying looking at the five baby cichlids in the tank and there are more to come.

“The response from residents is very noticeable already; people who normally don’t participate in activities are sitting there looking at the tank,” she says. “This is a big bonus for us, all the way around.”

Bouchier says this is the response she saw from Victoria Manor residents. She also learned that Frost Manor had contemplated getting an aquarium in the past, but was never able to because of the cost associated with buying and maintaining a fish tank. Bouchier didn’t want to see cost become an issue, so she offered to buy and donate the aquarium.

In fact, Bouchier is so convinced of the recreational value of the 74-gallon tank she’s even setting up her will so there will always be money sent to the home to maintain it.

“(Frost Manor) was worried it would be too much money, but I (wanted to) because it would be something that everyone at the home could use,” Bouchier says.

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Interim manager nourished by long-term care experience

Leading Frost Manor’s strong dietary care team is ‘awesome,’ Neil MacDonald says

Frost Manor’s interim nutritional care manager says he might very well consider staying on permanently in long-term care because he’s enjoying the experience so much.

“I really enjoy people and I really enjoy being able to do something and immediately see the results, the positive effect. And that comes through with the residents,” says Neil MacDonald, who joined the Lindsay long-term care home in mid-February.

Residents are the best diners, he says. “Every service the dining room is full, they’re always going to be there, and they like to give you feedback. And I want to know if they didn’t like something so I can do it better the next time. It’s a really nice thing to be able to do the small things and impact someone’s life in a positive way.

“That’s something I’ve really learned from this long-term care experience,” MacDonald says.

He brings to Frost Manor past cooking experience at Peterborough’s Riverview Manor, another OMNI Health Care home, and in restaurants. He remembers working in a restaurant kitchen many years ago with two OMNI managers, including nutrition and food services operation manager Chris Weber, and marvels at how they’re all with the same organization again.

“When this opportunity came up, I was very excited,” MacDonald says, adding it’s “awesome” to be leading the team in Frost Manor’s kitchen.

“It’s a great experience, with great learning as far as a career is concerned, and it’s wonderful being able to impact people’s lives by making small adjustments.”

As a Type I diabetic, MacDonald understands the important link between nutrition and health. In long-term care, many dietary requirements have to be met to maintain residents’ health.

“I feel so many issues, especially being in this role in a long-term care home, can be solved through proper nutrition and good food. And residents, as I’ve seen, like their food more when it’s enjoyable, which is very important,” MacDonald says.

He appreciates the opportunity to cook, and to cook from scratch, which he was surprised to learn happens more than one might think. “OMNI is going in a positive direction in the food and nutrition sectors, just by cooking from scratch and getting back to the basics,” MacDonald says.

He is also grateful for the support of his team, whom he says demonstrates strong camaraderie and a willingness to try new things. For instance, they tried one of MacDonald’s dessert recipes for last month’s volunteer appreciation

“What was cool about that was, they did it and it was restaurant quality,” he says, adding it was a memorable team-building and learning experience.

“They’ve been very accepting of me and my style and everything. It’s cool for both of us.”

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Frost Manor shows OMNI pride during local parade

Participation in event draws attention from community

November 22, 2013 — Deron Hamel 

Once again, Frost Manor participated in the annual Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade, which served as an opportunity to bring the home to the forefront in the Lindsay community, while offering a good time for some residents and staff members.

The Frost Manor team poses in front of the OMNI van during the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade.

The Frost Manor team poses in front of the OMNI van during the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade.

Decked out in costumes, the management team from the Lindsay long-term care home marched in front of the OMNI van, carrying a banner reading, “Frost Manor, Long-Term Care, Our Passion is People.” Other staff members and residents rode in the van during the Nov. 17 event.

Initially, the home planned to build a float, as it did last year, but because inclement weather was forecasted, the group decided to march in front of the van instead, notes life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary.

The home entered a float in last year’s parade, which was the first time Frost Manor had participated in the event in 20 years.

It’s an event O’Leary says she wants to see the home continue participating in because it brings positive exposure from the community.

“And it’s a lot of fun,” she adds, noting the three residents who joined staff members also had a fun day.

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