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Living OMNI’s values earns Logan Burrows an Everyday Hero Award

Riverview Manor PSW Logan Burrows (right) is seen here accepting the Peterborough long-term care home's Everyday Hero Award from OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy on June 10.

Riverview Manor PSW Logan Burrows (right) is seen here accepting the Peterborough long-term care home’s Everyday Hero Award from OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy on June 10.

PSW has also been a champion at making Riverview Manor’s BSO program successful

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Logan Burrows is always living OMNI Health Care’s values and is a resident-focused personal support worker (PSW) who enhances quality of life for the 124 people living at Riverview Manor, say her co-workers. It’s these attributes that earned her an Everyday Hero Award. Read more

Sarah Wilson receives Elisabeth Hinton Award for work enhancing residents’ quality of life

Streamway Villa BSO-RPN Sarah Wilson (left) is seen here holding the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award, alongside the home’s administrator and DOC Kylie Szczebonski. Wilson received the award at a June 9 ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home.

Streamway Villa BSO-RPN Sarah Wilson (left) is seen here holding the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award, alongside the home’s administrator and DOC Kylie Szczebonski. Wilson received the award at a June 9 ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home.

BSO-RPN ‘goes above and beyond the call of duty for OMNI, Streamway Villa and the residents’

COBOURG, Ont. – Streamway Villa Behavioural Supports Ontario registered practical nurse (BSO-RPN) specialist Sarah Wilson is the recipient of the 2016 Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award.

The award was presented to Wilson during a ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home June 9.

Wilson began her career at Streamway Villa in 2011, shortly after completing her nursing education. When Streamway Villa received funding for BSO education through the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Wilson was “eager” to pursue an opportunity to learn about BSO and apply its techniques at the home, says Aimee Merkley, OMNI Health Care’s western director of operations.

BSO is a provincial initiative to help enhance quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that cause agitation. The funding, which is provided to long-term care homes through Ontario’s14 LHINs, is largely put towards staff education.

A highlight of Wilson’s career has been her work to reduce antipsychotic medication administration to residents with responsive behaviours. After Wilson and administrator Kylie Szczebonski assessed antipsychotic usage at Streamway Villa in 2011, Wilson, by applying her BSO knowledge, helped reduce antipsychotic administration from 55 per cent to one per cent.

“Her dedicated work has put Streamway Villa on the map in the Central East LHIN as a (long-term care home) that manages responsive behaviours very well,” Merkley says.

“Her research and persistent conversations with families and physicians made this project successful.”

Additionally, Wilson has shared knowledge from her BSO training with her colleagues at Streamway Villa and with other long-term care homes in the region.

The Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award is presented to a registered nurse or registered practical nurse working in an OMNI long-term care home who demonstrates excellence in nursing and exhibits kindness and caring in everything he or she does.

The award is named after Elisabeth Hinton, the first director of nursing at Garden Terrace, an OMNI long-term care home in Kanata. A highly skilled, patient and calm nurse leader who carried herself with tremendous class and professionalism, Hinton passed away in 2007.

“Sarah deserves this award because she represents what Elisabeth Hinton was,” Merkley says. “The nursing managers nominated Sarah for the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award because she goes above and beyond the call of duty for OMNI, Streamway Villa and the residents.”

Looking ahead, Wilson says she plans to continue training others in the methodologies she has learned, such as the Gentle Persuasive Approach and P.I.E.C.E.S. (physical, intellectual, emotional, capabilities, environment and social). While happy to receive the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award, Wilson says she was surprised by the honour.

“This is absolutely incredible and emotionally overwhelming,” she says.

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Shining a spotlight on Maplewood’s ‘superheroes’

Pictured above, the Maplewood team members dressed up as their favourite superheroes during Nursing Week in May.

Pictured above, the Maplewood team members dressed up as their favourite superheroes during Nursing Week in May.

Director of care organizes week of activities to celebrate staff

Superheroes were roaming the halls of Maplewood recently, assisting residents with their daily activities of living, administering treatment and ensuring everyone was well cared for. Read more

(VIDEO) Rosebridge, Pleasant Meadow skits use humour to underscore quality

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Rosebridge Manor and Pleasant Meadow Manor both used humour to underscore the importance of quality in the skits they produced at OMNI Health Care’s leadership forum. Read more

Streamway Villa proving it’s people, not the building, that provide quality for residents

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Being resident focused and having dedicated staff attributed to 94.4% satisfaction rate

Streamway Villa may be an older, Class C long-term care home with limited space, but its dedicated, resident-focused staff members make it a place people can call home. Read more

Almonte receives 95% response during resident and family satisfaction survey

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Home is implementing suggested changes

Almonte Country Haven received a whopping 95.1 per cent response from residents and families during OMNI Health Care’s recent satisfaction survey, which measured overall happiness with key quality indicators, such as home environment, life enrichment, food services and nursing. Read more

(VIDEO) Quality ‘is really getting embedded’ at OMNI

One of OMNI Health Care’s goals for 2016 is to embed the importance of quality in long-term care to everyone working in the organization. OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says this year’s leadership forum demonstrated that this is happening. Read more

Leadership forum brings together OMNI core values and focuses them on quality

OMNI Health Care managers are seen here at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ont. on May 18 during the organization's leadership forum. Everyone donned their favourite glitzy outfit for the evening's All That Glitters dinner.

OMNI Health Care managers are seen here at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ont. on May 18 during the organization’s leadership forum. Everyone donned their favourite glitzy outfit for the evening’s All That Glitters dinner.

Forum shows the importance of quality is ’embedded’ in team members

KINGSTON, Ont. – OMNI Health Care’s 2016 leadership forum brought together the organization’s core values of leadership, creativity, knowledge, and fun and laughter to emphasize the importance of creating high-quality experiences for the more than 1,400 residents living in OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes. Read more

Music therapy program engaging residents who seldom attend activities

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Village Green program has been especially beneficial to residents affected by cognitive impairment and depression

Since Village Green began a music therapy program nearly a year ago, residents who seldom attend programming – including many affected by cognitive impairment and depression – have been participating in activities led by Elizabeth Heslinga and Nicole Landry. Read more

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