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iPod program proving effective at calming residents with agitation at Springdale

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LEC says staff support has helped make Music of Your Life successful

Springdale Country Manor’s Music of Your Life program is curbing agitation for residents affected by cognitive impairment, and all of the home’s staff members have contributed to this success, says Candice Stewart, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC). Read more

Being an ‘everyday hero’ is all in a day’s work for Valerie Foster

Streamway Villa environmental services staff member Valerie Foster (left) holds her Everyday Hero Award alongside Kylie Szczebonski, the home's administrator and DOC. Foster was presented with the award at a June 9 ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home.

Streamway Villa environmental services staff member Valerie Foster (left) holds her Everyday Hero Award alongside Kylie Szczebonski, the home’s administrator and director of care. Foster was presented with the award at a June 9 ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home.

Streamway Villa team member ‘very honoured’ to receive Everyday Hero Award

COBOURG, Ont. – For Valerie Foster, being an “everyday hero” is part of her job. Read more

VIDEO: Strong data, preparing for new residents and efficient care highlight this week’s quality skits

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Team members from Woodland Villa, Country Terrace and Riverview Manor provide informative and entertaining skits in this week’s series of quality-focused videos. Read more

Diane Fife receives Inspired Leader Award for her compassion, resident focus

Riverview Manor RPN Diane Fife (right) is seen here holding her Inspired Leader Award alongside OMNI's western director of operations Aimee Merkley during a June 10 ceremony at the home.

Riverview Manor RPN Diane Fife (right) is seen here holding her Inspired Leader Award alongside OMNI’s western director of operations Aimee Merkley during a June 10 ceremony at the home.

‘Riverview Manor and OMNI Health Care are most fortunate to have an RPN of Diane’s ethical, moral and compassionate nature’

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – For 31 years, registered practical nurse (RPN) Diane Fife has been a dedicated team member at Riverview Manor who has worked hard to enhance the quality of residents’ lives and has shared her knowledge of best practices with her peers. 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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(VIDEO) Four OMNI homes get creative to highlight quality

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In today’s video series, four OMNI Health Care homes demonstrate their knowledge of quality and quality improvement with creative skits ranging from a take on a popular talk show to a showdown between an angel and a devil. 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