Ont. author’s new book aims to help children understand dementia

An illustrated scene from Kathryn Harrison's book, Weeds in Nana's Garden.

An illustrated scene from Kathryn Harrison’s book, Weeds in Nana’s Garden.

Kathryn Harrison was inspired to create book after her mother passed away from dementia

Helping a child understand Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is not an easy task, but a new picture book created by a Cobourg, Ont. author and artist is aiming to change that. Read more

Burnbrae working to strengthen BSO team

Burnbrae Gardens

Burnbrae Gardens

‘Excited’ interdepartmental team attends workshop

A group of team members from Burnbrae Gardens recently attended a Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) workshop to support the home’s BSO team development. Read more

(VIDEO) Everyone is a little Irish at Riverview Manor

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor residents and staff members were all a little Irish on Thursday night during the Peterborough long-term care home’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Read more

Frost Manor goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

Frost Manor team members got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by dressing in green.

Frost Manor team members got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by dressing in green.

Lindsay LTC home’s annual party gets residents and staff into the Irish spirit

St. Patrick’s Day is not only a time to celebrate all things Irish at Frost Manor, it’s also a time for outstanding teamwork to flourish in the spirit of fun and laughter. Read more

Long-term care would have valuable role in dementia strategy: Lowi-Young


‘There is an opportunity for sharing and scaling best practices across the country’

Alzheimer Society of Canada CEO Mimi Lowi-Young says the long-term care sector would play an important role in the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s proposed Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Partnership (CADDP), which would be integral to co-ordinating, facilitating and implementing a national dementia strategy. Read more

Developing a Canadian dementia strategy: the time is now


Action plan needed to meet the needs of a growing number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, says Alzheimer Society CEO

With the number of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia expected to double over the next 15 years, it is crucial Canada develop a national strategy to better understand, prevent and manage these neurodegenerative conditions, says Alzheimer Society of Canada CEO Mimi Lowi-Young, in an interview with The OMNIway. Read more

Funding for more staffing means more time with residents, fewer behaviours, says LEC


Ongoing Better Seniors’ Care letter-writing campaign can help send this message to MPPs

A resident recently walked up to a poster on a wall at Country Terrace advertising the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) Better Seniors’ Care advocacy campaign, read it, and said, “Yes, that’s right, we need more funding.” Read more

Blackout provides quality improvement experience for Almonte

Almonte Country Haven

Almonte Country Haven

Home realizes need for generator after losing electricity for 6 hours during storm

While a six-hour power outage during a recent snowstorm galvanized camaraderie among team members at the Lanark County long-term care home, the event also proved to be a learning experience, says administrator Carolyn Della Foresta. Read more

Dedicated West Lake Terrace staff keeping residents, families happy in face of challenges

West Lake Terrace 3

Small, rural long-term care home’s success the result of caring, dedicated staff

West Lake Terrace has managed to maintain a high level of resident and family-member satisfaction for the care the home provides – and administrator Neil Peterson says this success comes down to dedicated staff members that listen to residents. Read more

Social media helping Garden Terrace get signatures for Better Seniors’ Care campaign


Home already has 200 more signed letters than last year and is ‘hoping for more’

Garden Terrace is discovering that social media is an effective tool for engaging people in the importance of obtaining more government funding for Ontario long-term care homes.

The Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) Better Seniors’ Care campaign and letter-writing contest will be on until spring, and Garden Terrace has already received 200 more signatures on letters advocating for more long-term care funding than last year.

As part of the campaign, the letters will be sent to the office of the local MPP.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Sylvia Monette says team members have been using Twitter and Facebook to connect with people. This has helped Garden Terrace receive about 700 signed campaign letters, she says, adding the home is “hoping for more.”

In 2015, Garden Terrace received 516 signatures, earning the Ottawa-area long-term care home the second-place prize in the contest’s category for homes with 133 or more beds.

After last year’s campaign, Garden Terrace was awarded a prize of $300 for its achievement. The money was donated to the home’s residents’ council. OMNI Health Care matched the prize dollar for dollar, so the home received $600.

“This year the life enrichment staff is once again trying to reach as many residents, families, visitors and staff (as possible),” Monette says. “The (life enrichment) department has been set up so that we can send letters on anyone’s behalf with their approval.”

This year’s Better Seniors’ Care campaign is focused on the need for more funding in four areas:

– Making long-term care homes safer and more modern

– Building capacity for better dementia care

– Supporting the role of smaller long-term care homes

– Staffing solutions that will lead to better seniors’ care

Monette says the No. 1 issue at Garden Terrace in this year’s campaign is the need for more funds allocated to increase staffing.

The OLTCA is Canada’s largest long-term care association representing charitable, not-for-profit, private, and municipal long-term care operators.

People can write letters online by clicking here.

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