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An appearance from ‘Scuba Steve’ made everyone’s day at Pleasant Meadow

‘With just a little masking tape and some construction paper, I’m telling you, we can have lots of fun’

Pleasant Meadow Manor registered nurse Shelly Vandenberg and life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams recently tapped into two of OMNI Health Care’s core values — creativity and fun and laughter – to help keep the winter blues away.

Inspired by a pair of safety goggles she was wearing, Shelly decided to dress up like Scuba Steve, a character and toy from the 1999 Adam Sandler comedy film Big Daddy.

Once Kim heard about Shelly’s idea, she fashioned a pair of swim fins out of yellow construction paper for Shelly to wear on her feet. A homemade snorkel completed the outfit.

The residents responded exactly the way Shelly had hoped: they all had a good laugh, Kim says.

“Some of the residents wanted to splash water on her because she had scuba gear on, and another resident tried to encourage her to get into the bathtub,” she tells The OMNIway.

Kim says one of the funnier moments came when Shelly tried walking with her new swim fins. She found she had to make the same “flip-floppy” motions with her feet as if they were an authentic pair of fins.

With Christmas over and Ontario under a provincewide shutdown to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Shelly’s idea brought some much-needed humour to everyone at the Norwood long-term care home, Kim says.

And the best part, she says, is how easy this was to accomplish.

“With just a little masking tape and some construction paper, I’m telling you, we can have lots of fun.”

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Construction begins on Pleasant Meadow Manor redevelopment project

OMNI representatives were joined by local MPP and mayor at Nov. 16 ground-breaking ceremony

From left to right, OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy, Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini, Pleasant Meadow Manor residents’ council president Gord Holliday, Asphodel-Norwood Township Mayor Rodger Bonneau and Pleasant Meadow Manor administrator Sandra Tucker pose with shovels at a Nov. 16 ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of Pleasant Meadow Manor’s redevelopment project.

NORWOOD, Ont. – Construction has begun on a $25-million redevelopment and expansion project at Pleasant Meadow Manor that will increase the size of the Norwood long-term care home from 61 beds to 96, eliminate three- and four-bed wards and provide a wide range of amenities to enhance quality of life for residents.

The redevelopment project, which will add 34,000 square feet to Pleasant Meadow Manor, is expected to be complete by December 2022.

At a Nov. 16 ground-breaking ceremony at the home, OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy, Pleasant Meadow Manor administrator Sandra Tucker and Pleasant Meadow Manor residents’ council president Gord Holliday were joined by Asphodel-Norwood Township Mayor Rodger Bonneau and Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini to celebrate the start of the project.

“We are really happy to be underway and we are looking forward to the new Pleasant Meadow Manor meeting the needs of residents in accommodations that offer greater privacy and meet updated design standards,” McCarthy said.

“We acknowledge and express appreciation for the support of the Province of Ontario and the Township of Asphodel-Norwood in moving this redevelopment forward.”

Once redeveloped, Pleasant Meadow Manor will have a two-storey addition on the south side of the existing 61-bed home that will house 35 more residents. Residents will live in three spacious neighbourhoods, each housing dining, lounge and activity spaces.

The new design will enhance privacy by eliminating three- and four-bed rooms. Once complete, 60 per cent of Pleasant Meadow Manor’s rooms will be private and 40 per cent semi-private.

Pleasant Meadow Manor’s new design will also accommodate a courtyard, gardens and outdoor space, and include a whole-home gathering area and chapel space.

During the design phases, Toronto-based G Architects presented preliminary plans to residents, families and staff to obtain feedback.

Addressing media at the ceremony, Piccini underscored the value long-term care homes bring to the residents they serve, adding the redeveloped Pleasant Meadow Manor will increase that value.

“I’d like to thank OMNI for the great work that you’re doing, and I’d like to thank the staff here for the work they’re doing to care for our loved ones,” he said.

In addition to providing great value to residents, Bonneau said the redeveloped Pleasant Meadow Manor will help the community economically.

“The timing is perfect; there’s lots of building going on around town, so … (for) the people looking for jobs, this will be the place to come,” he said.

“Long-term care is where it’s going to be at.”

– More to come

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Sharing some sweetness

Pleasant Meadow residents and staff treated to cake and ice cream, courtesy of local Lioness Club

Residents and staff members at Pleasant Meadow Manor were recently on the receiving end of some community love when members of the Norwood Lioness Club stopped by with cake and ice cream.

On Aug. 5, representatives from the Lioness Club, who were wearing face masks and practising social distancing, showed up at the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home’s parking lot with the sweet treats that were dished out to everyone.

The Peterborough Examiner even showed up to take a photo that was published the next day.

This isn’t the first time the Norwood Lioness Club has shown its support for the folks at Pleasant Meadow Manor. In February, club members dropped off Valentine’s Day cards for everyone.

While the global COVID-19 pandemic has been a trying time for everyone, it has also sparked many random acts of kindness like this.

Kim Williams, the life enrichment co-ordinator at Pleasant Meadow Manor, says the cake and ice cream the Lioness Club delivered went over well with everyone.

“The residents were overjoyed at their generosity and thoroughly enjoyed their treats,” she tells The OMNIway.

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‘This is really cool’: Residents, staff applaud design for Pleasant Meadow redevelopment

Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects, shows residents and staff members at Pleasant Meadow Manor what their home will look like after redevelopment is complete.

The renovations, which will provide the Norwood LTC home with more space and new amenities, gets unanimously positive feedback

NORWOOD, Ont. – Matthew Dexter dons a pair of virtual-reality goggles to look at the three-dimensional design of what the new Pleasant Meadow Manor will look like once completed. The smile that spreads across his face is telling. “This is really cool,” the Norwood long-term care home’s residents’ council president says. Read more

Pleasant Meadow Manor presents Lifetime Achievement Award to two outstanding residents

Pleasant Meadow Manor resident Joan Warburton (middle) is pictured here with her Lifetime Achievement Award, alongside OMNI chief operating officer Shawn Riel (left) and Pleasant Meadow administrator and director of care Sandra Tucker.

Ben Ibey and Joan Warburton have a long history of helping others

The Pleasant Meadow Manor team presented two residents, Ben Ibey and Joan Warburton, with OMNI Health Care’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award during a December ceremony at the Norwood long-term care home. Read more

7 Pleasant Meadow residents earn ribbons for entries at Norwood Fall Fair

Crafts and baked goods made by residents wow fair’s judges

Not only did Pleasant Meadow Manor residents have a lot of fun making crafts and baking treats to enter in contests at the Norwood Fall Fair over the Thanksgiving weekend, seven of their 22 entries won ribbons. Read more

Three more OMNI homes approved by ministry for renovations

Northumberland-Quinte MPP Lou Rinaldi (pictured third from right) was at Pleasant Meadow Manor on May 4 to announce the province will be funding an additional 35 beds at the Norwood long-term care home. The expansion is slated to be complete by December 2022.

Expanding Pleasant Meadow Manor, Woodland Villa and Almonte Country Haven will help these homes better serve their communities

NORWOOD, Ont. – OMNI Health Care is excited to announce that three of its long-term care homes serving small communities – Pleasant Meadow Manor, Woodland Villa and Almonte Country Haven – were approved for redevelopment by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care last week. Read more

Pleasant Meadow values, honours volunteers

Norwood long-term care home hosts appreciation tea

Whether they’re helping residents enjoy a game of bingo or sitting down for a one-to-one conversation, volunteers are an integral part of the fabric of Pleasant Meadow Manor. Read more