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Library staff member thanked for years of service to Country Haven

Margo Hay-Goodings spent many years researching and handpicking every book delivered to home through partnership

Almonte Country Haven is wishing Margo Hay-Goodings a happy retirement and thanking the library assistant for her years of service to residents of the Lanark County long-term care home.

Country Haven has partnered with the Almonte branch of the Mississippi Mills Public Library to bring reading material to the home’s residents on a monthly basis for about 13 years.

Margo researched and handpicked every book that was dropped off at the home each month, Almonte Country Haven states on the home’s Facebook page.

The partnership between Almonte Country Haven and the library has brought a meaningful service to residents that is appreciated by all, the home says.

“It’s always an exciting day when the two blue bins would arrive and the new books would be looked at, chosen, and given a new home for a few weeks,” Country Haven says.

“It’s very comforting to see residents reading quietly and contentedly in their rooms or tucked into a quiet corner of one of our common areas.

“ ’Reading a good book is almost like spending time with a good friend,’ we say. There’s always a book or two for group reading or for going room to room to read to residents who enjoy being read to.”

Margo tells the Almonte Country Haven team that she’s going to use her retirement to spend time with family and friends as well as tend to her gardens.

“Happy retirement, Margo! Sending lots of love, gratitude, and good wishes from all of us here at the Haven,” the home says on Facebook.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Margo Hay-Goodings (left) of Mississippi Mills Public Library is pictured here with Almonte Country Haven life enrichment aide Anna Chapman.

Top-notch ingredients come together in Maplewood’s turkey club sandwich

Cook Jackie Jeffrey takes famous sandwich to a new level in her recipe contest submission

Maplewood nutritional care team member Jackie Jeffrey has added a few twists to the classic clubhouse sandwich to give this lunchtime favourite an even better look and taste.

Since the sandwich has become a favourite with residents of the Brighton, Ont. long-term care home, Jackie chose to enter her recipe in OMNI Health Care’s first annual March Madness recipe contest.

Knowing residents enjoy toasted sandwiches, Jackie decided to come up with her own version of the clubhouse to serve them.

Clubhouse sandwiches are traditionally made with three slices of toasted bread, turkey, bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

This sandwich is made with carved oven-roasted turkey, crispy bacon, romaine lettuce hearts and sliced tomato between two toasted slices of sourdough panini, which is spread with Jackie’s special mayonnaise-Dijon-mustard aioli.

The sandwich is served with a dill pickle spear.

“Our residents love toasted sandwiches, so (I) chose this alternative version of a turkey club,” Jackie says in her contest submission form.

Chris Weber, OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food service, says the March Madness contest, which saw 16 recipes compete in a bracket contest where votes were cast each week between April 14 and May 6, was close.

The winning entry was a Mediterranean omelette that was created by Country Terrace team member Josephine Goddard.

OMNI launched the March Madness recipe challenge in March in recognition of Nutrition Month in Canada.

Chris came up with the idea to encourage nutritional care managers and cooks to showcase their most-loved recipes and to highlight the high-quality meals served in OMNI homes.

Throughout March, nutritional care managers and cooks prepared their favourite meals, plated them and took photos that were sent to head office. The photos were accompanied by the name of each meal and its recipe.

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Picnic marks first outdoor outing of 2022 for Streamway Villa residents

‘It was a perfect day’ spent at Cobourg’s Victoria Park

With sunny skies and the mercury staying around a comfortable 22 C, 11 Streamway Villa residents, their family members, volunteers and staff were able to enjoy their first picnic in a long time on June 8.

Everyone made their way down to nearby Victoria Park in downtown Cobourg to enjoy the day with their friends and families in the afternoon.

Once at the park, the group tucked into sandwiches for lunch and then part of the afternoon was spent playing games, says Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht.

One of the benefits Streamway Villa enjoys is being located in the heart of Cobourg, close to many of the city’s restaurants, shops and, of course, Victoria Park and its adjoining beach.

This convenience goes a long way in helping Streamway Villa life enrichment team members organize outings for residents.

It had been a while since residents were able to enjoy such an outing, due to pandemic restrictions in place for the past two years, but Laurie says everything went to plan.

“Everything went smoothly,” she tells The OMNIway.

In addition to having lunch and playing games, the group walked down to the beach that’s nestled along the shore of Lake Ontario and went along the footpath to enjoy the scenery.

“That’s how we ended the picnic, with one final walk by the water, but we got to stay (at the park) for more than three hours,” Laurie says.

“It was a perfect day.”

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Garden Terrace residents now enjoying rabbit therapy

Home has adopted two rabbits that are having a positive impact

Two rabbits have found a home at Garden Terrace, where they now play leading roles in a new pet therapy program.

The rabbits – named Thunder and Coco – came to Garden Terrace from a farm owned by the family of Christine Ritchie, the home’s director of care.

The Garden Terrace team got the idea to adopt the rabbits after learning their sister home in Kanata, Forest Hill, welcomed three guinea pigs in March.

“They have guinea pigs, so we thought we would get some bunnies,” says Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

Garden Terrace residents had their first rabbit therapy session on June 9. Rachael says the program went well and that being around the small animals brought back fond memories for many.

“The residents really, really enjoyed it,” she says. “Some had bunnies and other animals growing up, and even if they didn’t, a lot of them are animal lovers in general.”

Rachael says having pets living at the home fills an important emotional need for residents.

When residents were engaging with the rabbits, “you could see the compassion and the care and the happiness light up in their eyes because they get to be with an animal again.”

One of the big questions residents were asking was, “when do we have to give them back?” Rachael says.

“It was exciting for them to realize that they have their own animals in the home now.”

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Canadians encouraged to pledge to be elder abuse prevention champions

Everyone can do something to prevent elder abuse, say WEAAD organizers

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was June 15, and Canadian organizers are asking people, organizations and policymakers across the country to make a pledge this year to become champions of elder abuse prevention.

Individuals can work towards ending elder abuse by educating themselves on what elder abuse is, what the symptoms are and how they can prevent it from happening. People can also work with their communities to make elder abuse prevention a top priority, the WEAAD website states.

Organizations, the website says, can adopt ageism prevention into their equity, diversity and inclusion practices.

The WEAAD website also says elected officials and policymakers can take steps to make their communities age-friendly and invest in elder abuse prevention strategies.

“We all have a role to play in protecting the rights of older people,” the WEAAD website states. “No matter where you live in Canada, you can be part of this shared journey to create a safe and supportive society.”

To help Canadians get involved in the effort to prevent elder abuse, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse have collaborated to create a document called Future Us: Roadmap to Elder Abuse Prevention.

This toolkit has three goals: to prioritize elder abuse prevention in every community; to establish elder abuse prevention networks at local, regional and national levels; and to educate people on recognizing what elder abuse is and how to prevent it.

The Future Us roadmap is aimed at engaging people who want to work towards the common goal of preventing elder abuse across Canada.

WEAAD was first marked on June 15, 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

Since then, WEAAD events and activities have been held worldwide to bring attention to the issue of elder abuse. Organizations and communities have been encouraged to host awareness days and lead discussions about the prevention of elder abuse.

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NCM brings a taste of the Middle East to the Country Terrace menu

Alex Achillini entered his chicken shawarma sandwich in the March Madness recipe challenge, finishing in the final four

Country Terrace nutritional care manager (NCM) Alex Achillini has brought a favourite taste of the Middle East to the menu at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home with his chicken shawarma sandwich.

Alex also entered this flavourful sandwich in OMNI Health Care’s first annual March Madness recipe contest, where it finished among the final four recipes.

Alex says he chose to enter his chicken shawarma sandwich in the contest because it’s a new item and “very tasty.”

Traditionally, chicken shawarma is made from pieces of marinated chicken stacked onto a spit and roasted. Once the chicken is cooked, it’s sliced and folded into pita bread, topped with salad, and finished with garlic mayonnaise and chili sauce.

In his version, Alex marinates diced chicken in a mixture of Greek yogourt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, ground coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.

Once marinated, the chicken is sautéed until thoroughly cooked and stuffed into a bun with lettuce and tomato. The chicken and salad are topped with a garlic mayo made from mayonnaise and garlic powder.

Alex says he uses a bun instead of pita bread to make it easy for residents to eat. He serves the sandwich with a side of Greek pasta salad which, he says, “goes very well with the chicken shawarma.”

Chris Weber, OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food service, says the March Madness contest, which saw 16 recipes compete in a bracket contest where votes were cast each week between April 14 and May 6, was close.

The winning entry was a Mediterranean omelette that was created by another Country Terrace team member, Josephine Goddard.

OMNI launched the March Madness recipe challenge in March in recognition of Nutrition Month in Canada.

Chris came up with the idea to encourage nutritional care managers and cooks to showcase their most-loved recipes and to highlight the high-quality meals served in OMNI homes.

Throughout March, nutritional care managers and cooks prepared their favourite meals, plated them and took photos that were sent to head office. The photos were accompanied by the name of each meal and its recipe.

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BSO interventions improve Riverview resident’s home experience

Reluctant about their new home at first, the resident is now enjoying life at Riverview Manor

Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team recently helped a new resident transition to life at the Peterborough long-term care home after the resident faced challenges adjusting to their new environment.

The resident moved into Riverview Manor earlier this year and was experiencing agitation on their first day, explains BSO team member Sarah Plumpton.

The resident was refusing to take their medication and was upset and confused about being in a new home. Making matters more challenging, the resident had to spend their first days in isolation, due to an outbreak at the home.

Immediately, the BSO team stepped in to help the resident. Team members noticed the resident was finding it easy to open up to one BSO team member, personal support worker Karlie Phillips.

Karlie and the resident began building a rapport that was easing the resident’s anxiety.

The BSO team began creating best-care strategies for the resident on Day 1, Sarah notes.

The team found the resident required constant activities to keep preoccupied, so team members made a point of keeping the resident busy with activities they enjoy.

The resident also had a preference for being cared for by older staff members when it came to being administered medications or attending to activities of daily living.

“We also found that you really had to be conscientious of your body language; you had to be opening and welcoming, and we found your tone of voice had to be a certain way and that there were words you could not to say,” Sarah says.

The resident’s doctor also performed a medication review and changed the times of day when the resident’s medications were to be administered. This also had a positive effect on the resident, Sarah notes.

The resident’s agitation has eased since the BSO team began putting interventions in place. The resident has also become good friends with another resident, and this has also improved their experience at the home, Sarah notes.

“Everything is so much better now,” she says.

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Platinum Jubilee: Pleasant Meadow resident recalls her brushes with royalty

Jill Raines shares her unique moment in history with fellow residents during Jubilee celebration

Pleasant Meadow Manor resident Jill Raines remembers having a front-row seat during one of the 20th century’s most memorable moments.

The Norwood, Ont. long-term care home celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee last week, and Jill had a chance to share the story of her brush with the monarch on the day of her coronation 69 years ago.

Following the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, the Royal Procession made its way through central London – and Jill and her sister were among the children moved to the front of the crowd to watch and wave as the newly crowned monarch passed.

Jill’s uncle, a colonel in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, was marching behind the gold coach carrying the Queen. Jill says she got excited and started waving and jumping up and down, calling out her uncle’s name.

But, Jill says, her sister felt she was “making too much of a scene,” so she “poked” her and Jill fell close to the carriage.

“I got a very good look at the carriage and it really was a sight to behold,” Jill recalled.

But this would not be the last time Jill saw the Queen. In 1977, during the celebration of her Silver Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth said hello to Jill as she passed by.

When Pleasant Meadow life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams asked Jill what she said in reply, Jill said, “oh no, you don’t speak to the Queen, you just smile sweetly and curtsy.”

This, of course, sparked more questions from the other residents as well as from the staff, Kim says.

“When I told her that I thought that it was cool that she got to see the coronation and the Queen herself, Jill said she never thought of it that way, but looking back she supposed it really was quite special,” Kim said.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI. Her coronation took place 16 months later.

Pleasant Meadow Manor celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with trivia and a cake that was donated to the home by the Township of Asphodel-Norwood’s heritage and cultural committee.

Kim says the event was well-received by residents.

“The residents enjoyed the Jubilee party, and everyone helped each other with trivia,” she said.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Pleaseant Meadow Manor resident Jill Raines and her husband, John, are pictured at left during the Platinum Jubilee celebration the home recently hosted in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. Pictured at right is a banner that was made for the occasion.

Armchair Travel program lets residents explore the world from home

Garden Terrace residents have been enjoying a fun and educational travel program from the comfort of home.

Every two weeks, the life enrichment team at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home hosts the Armchair Travel program, which introduces residents to different countries and cultures.

During the interactive program held in the home’s theatre, residents learn about the similarities and differences between Canada and other countries as well as about customs and traditions.

A big bonus the program offers is that it’s engaging for team members, notes life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

Since people working at Garden Terrace are from diverse backgrounds, team members, including those working outside the life enrichment department, are often asked to lead the program to teach residents about their roots and culture.

In the theatre room, staff will play YouTube videos that are focused on different countries. Residents are encouraged to ask questions and provide the group with insight into their own backgrounds and traditions.

Some of the countries the program has explored include Brazil, India, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Japan.

Rachael says there is no set way of determining how countries are chosen. Sometimes team members will come up with the theme country, other times residents will make suggestions of the countries they would like to explore.

“The residents love it,” Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King says of the program. “They get to go somewhere without going out of the home, and they get to experience different countries.”

Rachael says there is also a reminiscing component to the Armchair Travel program.

“There are many residents from different countries, so they can share their stories and experience, and then the residents can ask each other questions,” she says.

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Education, reminiscing and fun mark recent programs at OMNI homes

Education, reminiscing and fun – these are some of the themes the life enrichment departments in OMNI Health Care long-term care homes have focused on recently during their quality programming.

At Garden Terrace in Kanata, Ont., residents acknowledged Earth Day on April 22 and were provided with an educational session, courtesy of life enrichment aide Sarah Vierra, that focused on the issues the global environment is facing today and how scientists are working to find solutions to those issues.

“We looked at videos that talked about how in the past certain species were very prominent, that all the rainforests were still there, but deforestation happened and pushed them out,” explains Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Rachael King.

“As a result, today’s world has changed, and that was interesting for the residents to learn about.”

At Springdale Country Manor near Peterborough, residents got to celebrate the spirit of the Olympics with the Springdale Spring Fling, a two-week series of events that harnessed OMNI’s core value of fun and laughter.

Team members created a series of events for residents that included discus throwing, paper airplane flying, bull’s-eye shooting, a beanbag toss and bowling.

Each event had a first-, second- and third-place winner, explains life enrichment aide Nikki English, who says residents showed a strong spirit of camaraderie during the events.

Medals were also handed out to the top overall resident who achieved the most standings as well as a medal for the resident who participated in the most events.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm and encouragement among the residents,” Nikki says. “They would each cheer each other on after each turn. … The residents really enjoyed the events and the excitement of seeing how well they could do.”

Meanwhile, at Frost Manor in Lindsay, residents got to step back to the 1980s for a day of fun that celebrated big hair, skinny ties and bright pastel colours.

The April 28 event began with 1980s trivia for the residents. This proved to be a great way to spark reminiscing about famous names from the decade and bring out laughter about the trends of the time, says LEC Amy Whitehead.

The life enrichment team also set up a whiteboard in the home’s main lounge where residents and staff members could write down their favourite 1980s memory or trend.

“Some of the answers included: big hair, bright colours, roller skates, Top Gun, and many more,” Amy says.

In the afternoon, residents enjoyed entertainment courtesy of musician Don Van Halteren, whom Amy describes as “a home favourite,” who played the accordion, including a few songs from the 1980s in his set.

“It’s always great to have these spirited days where lots of fun is had,” Amy says.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Frost Manor residents and staff are pictured here during the home’s April 28 ’80s theme day.