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Frost Manor residents treated to a carnival-themed month

Frost Manor resident Dorothy Burrows and life enrichment aide Sarah Thayer share a laugh during Carnival Month at the Lindsay long-term care home.

With safety measures in place, life enrichment team members have organized a month-long series of activities for residents that embrace the spirit of fun and laughter

It’s that time of year again at Frost Manor when the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s residents are treated to a month-long themed event that embraces the OMNI Health Care core value of fun and laughter. Read more

The Willows’ much-loved resident pianist is back behind the keys

“Mr. Roger”, Willows Estate’s in-house pianist, performs for residents for the first time since March.

‘Mr. Roger’ had not played piano for residents since the pandemic began, and his recent socially-distanced performance was a big hit for residents

For the first time since the global COVID-19 pandemic began, a Willows Estate resident who has long been the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home’s resident pianist is once again tapping his fingers across the keys. Read more

Splash party scores lots of laughter from Streamway residents

‘I have not seen some of the residents laugh like they did in a long time,’ LEC says

In an effort to beat the heat and have some outdoor fun, Streamway Villa organized a splash party for residents and staff members in the Cobourg long-term care home’s garden on July 22. Read more

LEC says she noticed the potential for Village Green’s garden from Day 1

Village Green residents practise social distancing while enjoying a performance from Breaking Chains on June 30.

‘I fell in love with the garden here during my interview,’ says Ulana Orrick

When Ulana Orrick was interviewing for the position of life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) at Village Green, one of the first things she noticed was the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s garden. Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown LTC homes’ strengths

If you’ve been reading the papers or watching the evening news in recent months, you’ve probably noticed a narrative emerging that questions the safety of long-term care homes during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Frost Manor celebrates Canada Day with photoshoots for residents

Frost Manor resident Mary Lee Digiacomo, who was named Frost Manor’s 2020 Ms. Canada, shows her Canadian pride on July 1.

Team members name resident Mary Lee Digiacomo Frost Manor’s 2020 Ms. Canada

Canada Day celebrations were different at Frost Manor this year, but despite protocols in place to keep everyone safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Lindsay long-term care home’s residents still celebrated Canada’s 153rd birthday with lots of fun and laughter. Read more

Streamway volunteer recalls the positive impact her therapy dog had on a resident

Duffy, a British golden retriever, is a St. John Ambulance therapy dog who has visited Streamway Villa with his owner, Lisa Denvir. Due to protocols to keep residents and staff safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no pet-therapy programming at OMNI Health Care long-term care homes.

‘For me, when I see that dramatic of a change, that’s particularly rewarding,’ says Lisa Denvir

Pet therapy programs are valuable assets to long-term care homes because of the positive impact they have on residents, but Lisa Denvir, who has visited Streamway Villa with her British golden retriever, Duffy, says the pair also reaps rewards from their time at the home. Read more

Frost Manor helping residents make the most of the home’s therapy garden

Since opening June 9, residents, accompanied by staff, have been able to enjoy the garden area and participate in some outdoor programming

Summer is here, the weather is warmer, and Frost Manor’s colourful therapy garden is now open. Read more

Seniors’ Month theme – ‘Stay Safe, Stay in Touch’ – has been embraced by OMNI homes

Forest Hill resident Sandra Presley is pictured here enjoying a video chat with her daughter Lori in March.

June is officially designated as Seniors’ Month in Ontario, and this year’s theme – Stay Safe, Stay in Touch – is especially meaningful, given the impact the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic is having on seniors. Read more

Maplewood LEA Rosanne Blackburn is taking on the role of in-house entertainer

Maplewood life enrichment aide Rosanne Blackburn, pictured above, recently dressed as Elvis and danced to one of the King’s songs for the home’s residents.

‘I just want to put a smile on residents’ faces and make them laugh – and it’s working’

Since Maplewood residents have been missing their regular entertainment due to restrictions in place during the global COVID-19 pandemic, life enrichment aide (LEA) Rosanne Blackburn has been coming up with ways to keep people smiling and the laughter flowing. Read more