EDITORIAL: Food service is a major point of pride at OMNI

With March being Nutrition Month in Canada, The OMNIway showcased several stories about the people who work in the nutritional care departments in our long-term care homes, and there was also much discussion about the meals these dedicated team members prepare for the residents they serve.

Food is always a topic that gets lots of attention from residents. Having high-quality meals is something people living in OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes expect and are entitled to receive.

The notion that residents of the near future will expect living atmospheres closer to luxury hotels than long-term care homes is something we hear often in the sector – and there’s some truth to this adage. Of course, having high-quality meal service is a major part of the atmosphere people want.

Fortunately, our nutritional care teams have already put this piece of the puzzle in place.

Today, more than ever, we are seeing nutritional care team members with experience in fine dining. These managers and cooks are tapping into the know-how they’ve gained from working in first-class restaurants, and they’re bringing their passion for high-end cooking to the residents of OMNI homes.

Just as when they were working in restaurants, these team members are priding themselves on putting their heart and soul into their work and plating meals in a manner fitting of a five-star restaurant.

In recent years we have also seen an uptick in nutritional care teams taking time to create from-scratch meals that are both delicious and meet nutritional guidelines.

The extra time and care that gets placed on creating homemade meals is a testament to both the sense of pride our team members have for their work as well as their focus on continuous quality improvement.

While we need to prepare to meet the expectations of the next generation of long-term-care home residents, we can take a strong degree of pride in the fact that the quality of meal service in OMNI homes is already of an exceptionally high standard – and it will only get better.

Just some food for thought.

OMNI homes put ‘plating with pride’ into practice

Village Green nutritional care manager Miranda Ray stands with dietary team members, holding a plate of pureed turkey, mashed potatoes and carrots.

Nutritional care staff’s creativity impacting appetites

From serving a pureed carrot in the actual shape of a carrot to piping chocolate cheesecake dessert into an edible “tulip,” OMNI Health Care nutritional care team members are becoming increasingly creative in the kitchen. Read more

Village Green takes new approach to serving pureed meals

Village Green nutritional care manager Miranda Ray stands with other team members, holding a plate of pureed turkey, mashed potatoes and carrots that look very different from the usual pureed turkey, mashed potatoes and carrots.

Nutritional care team is serving purees shaped like meat and vegetables. This is having a positive impact on food intake

The Village Green nutritional care team recently introduced pureed meat and vegetables that are shaped like the real thing, and it’s having a positive impact on meal intake. Read more

Burnbrae Gardens’ new NCM says residents motivate him every day to deliver quality service

Pictured above, Burnbrae Gardens nutritional care manager Corey Grant.

‘There is so much care going around in all directions, so it’s really inspiring for me’

CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. – In the span of only three months, Corey Grant has gone from a dietary aide at Burnbrae Gardens to becoming the Campbellford long-term care home’s nutritional care manager (NCM). Read more

Riverview NSM Neil MacDonald elected OSNM Kawarthas chapter rep

Neil MacDonald

Neil is the second straight OMNI team member to hold the position

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor nutritional care manager (NSM) Neil MacDonald has been elected to represent the Kawarthas chapter of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management (OSNM). Read more

Chris Weber named OSNM Kawarthas representative


Nutrition and food-services manager hoping to bring shared experiences to OMNI

Friday, March 14, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Chris Weber has a long track record of dedication to food-services management, and this focus has led to him being named the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management’s (OSNM’s) Kawarthas chapter representative.

The OSNM is an organization dedicated to promoting the profession of nutrition management through education and advocacy in Ontario. Weber, OMNI Health Care’s nutrition and food services manager, says he hopes to build a network of new colleagues within the food-services industry through his position.

Weber adds that being a player in the OSNM will introduce him to many others with key interests in nutritional management and health care.

“I’m also really excited to bring the shared experiences back to OMNI,” he says.

Weber has been connected to the OSNM in the past, having attended the organization’s events. When he saw there was a vacancy for a Kawarthas representative, Weber says it was a “perfect opportunity” to enhance his career as a nutritional manager and to further his interest in the field.

“I contacted (OSNM president) Matthew Bombardier (about taking the position) and he thought it was a great idea, so I gave him more information about myself and my background and he welcomed me in and appointed me as the Area E Kawarthas region chapter representative,” Weber explains.

In this role, Weber will reach out to other nutritional managers in the community to bolster OSNM membership.

“This is exciting for me because it’s my first time as a board member, and I’m really excited about making new friends within the industry,” he says.

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