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Getting to know residents on a personal level has made LTC an attractive career option, student says

Four Fleming College occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant students are doing a seven-week placement at Riverview Manor. Pictured above, from left to right: Jeel Patel, Divya Patel, instructor Natasha Annette-Lawrence, Domenique Douglas and Van Tran Thi Thao.

Jeel Patel says Riverview Manor placement has steered her towards pursuing a career working with long-term care residents

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Four weeks into her seven-week placement at Riverview Manor, Fleming College occupational therapy assistant and physiotherapy assistant (OP/PT) student Jeel Patel says she’s decided she wants to work with long-term care home residents once she completes her program in June. Read more

RPN says joining Riverview BSO team was a chance to make a difference

Pictured from left to right, Riverview Manor BSO team lead Becky Dennie, PSW Nicole Munro and RPN Carly Kenny.

Carly Kenny’s many years of experience have proven valuable to the BSO team

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor registered practical nurse (RPN) Carly Kenny says she applied for a position on the Peterborough long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team nine months ago because she saw opportunities to use her skills to enhance the quality of life for residents living with dementia.

The BSO team works with residents living with dementia who are exhibiting responsive behaviours. The goal of BSO teams in long-term care homes is to prevent the triggers that may cause residents to become agitated, largely by learning about each person’s history.

“It was a different avenue to go into,” Carly tells The OMNIway. “I’ve done lots of hands-on nursing over the years, and this was a new path to grow and to explore.”

Carly notes there is a major focus on providing person-centred care in the long-term care sector and learning about people’s history and how their history may be impacting them now that they have a cognitive impairment. This, she says, helps improve the quality of care provided to residents.

Carly says some of the key interventions she has found helpful in working to prevent agitation in residents with cognitive impairment include music therapy; environmental changes, such as room rearrangements; and one-to-one time.

“Everyone is kind of like a puzzle when they have dementia,” Carly says. “You have to figure out what is unique about them and how you can best support them.”

Indeed, Carly’s experience as an RPN has been a major asset to the BSO team since she joined, says Riverview Manor BSO team lead Becky Dennie.

“Carly brings many years of experience as an RPN to the table, so just having that experience and bringing that to the team, the four girls (on the BSO team) will focus on a task and she is very good at keeping everyone focused,” Becky says.

BSO is a provincial initiative that’s enhancing quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that can cause agitation. The funding, which is provided to long-term care homes through the province’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks, is largely put towards staff education.

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Budget 2019: OMNI happy with gov’t investment in LTC redevelopment, but more details are needed

Funding levels will need to match rising construction, utility, maintenance and other costs, says OMNI CEO Patrick McCarthy

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says the organization is pleased with the announcement in the 2019-20 budget that the Ontario government will be committing $1.75 billion in annual funding over the next five years to support 30,000 new and upgraded beds. However, funding levels will need to match rising construction, utility, maintenance and property costs as well as increasing municipal tax burdens that arise as a result of redevelopment, he adds. Read more

BSO experience has helped PSW enhance resident-centred care

Pictured from left to right, Riverview Manor BSO team lead Becky Dennie, PSW Nicole Munro and RPN Carly Kenny.

Learning about each resident’s individual history can help team members prevent agitation in residents with dementia

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Since joining the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team at Riverview Manor, personal support worker (PSW) Nicole Munro says the most important thing she has learned is how to better provide resident-centred care. Read more

Country Terrace becomes first home in South West LHIN approved to provide peritoneal dialysis

Country Terrace administrator Karen Dann is pictured here with resident Sharon Hanneman.

Providing in-home peritoneal dialysis will help improve quality of life for residents with renal failure while easing burden on the health-care system, says administrator

Country Terrace has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide in-home peritoneal dialysis to residents at the Komoka long-term care home who are living with renal failure in an effort to relieve stress on the health-care system and improve quality of life for people by avoiding hospital transfers. Read more

Helene Waddell is a ‘natural volunteer’ at Frost Manor

Volunteer Helene Waddell (left) and life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton are pictured here during Frost Manor’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon April 5.

‘When she first came here, she burst in with energy and she just started helping – it was something she just didn’t think anything of’

When her father moved into Frost Manor in July, Helene Waddell says she immediately sensed the warmth and love that staff members at the Lindsay long-term care home have for residents. She also felt the need to help, so Helene quickly began visiting with other residents when she was at Frost to see her dad. Read more

Therapy dog Vezna is putting smiles on faces, one resident at a time

Forest Hill resident Shirley Grant pets Vezna, a schnauzer mix, who visits residents with her owner, Sharon MacDonald. Sharon and Vezna volunteer at Forest Hill through Ottawa Therapy Dogs.

For three years, Vezna and her owner, Sharon MacDonald, who are with Ottawa Therapy Dogs, have been volunteering at Forest Hill

For three years, a miniature schnauzer mix named Vezna has been volunteering at Forest Hill with her owner, Sharon MacDonald. Sharon and Vezna, who are with Ottawa Therapy Dogs, leave residents smiling after each visit. Read more

VIDEO: A look at how Almonte Country Haven prepares from-scratch cooking for residents

Preparing nearly every menu item from scratch is what Almonte Country Haven’s residents expect from the Lanark County long-term care home’s nutritional care team, so that’s what they get each and every day. Read more

Weighted blankets providing comfort to Riverview residents

Riverview Manor

Since being introduced by the BSO team in 2018, these special blankets have helped relieve anxiety in residents

Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team lead says weighted blankets have helped calm residents affected by dementia and other conditions that create anxiety since they were introduced to the Peterborough long-term care home a little more than a year ago. Read more

‘Food has the potential to enhance lives’

OMNI homes embrace home-cooking, nutrition month

While national Nutrition and Hydration Month has wound down, serving up nutritious, homemade meals remains a daily priority in OMNI Health Care’s long-term care homes, nutritional care managers (NCMs) say. Read more