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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

New Pleasant Meadow Manor LEC enjoys mentoring others

Pleasant Meadow Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams pauses with an ice cream cart she decorated recently.

‘I think I’m fitting in quite well,’ Kim Williams says

When Kim Williams recently had a chance to mentor her peers, it ignited within her a desire to become a manager. Read more

Almonte Country Haven’s dedicated, hard-working and caring staff have been key to meeting pandemic’s challenges

‘I have been humbled by their dedication, and we are indebted to their service,’ says administrator Carolyn Della Foresta

While the past 2 ½ months have been challenging for Almonte Country Haven as the Lanark County long-term care home works through a COVID-19 outbreak, the staff members from all departments have been strong pillars of support for the residents and each other, says administrator Carolyn Della Foresta. Read more

Woodland Villa’s new safe visitation patio is proving to be a big success

‘We have had nearly every day booked with families who have been able to visit their loved ones’

Woodland Villa’s revamped patio, which is fitted with a wood and Plexiglas barrier to allow the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home’s residents to have safe visits with their loved ones during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, has been booked solid since opening May 27. Read more

Artist Lynn Melbourne honours Almonte Country Haven residents by sketching their portraits

Peppy Mocko holds a portrait of his mother that was sketched by artist Lynn Melbourne (left).

‘She has no affiliation with the home, and the fact that she just reached out of compassion and kindness and concern, it was such a beautiful gesture’

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, Lynn Melbourne, an artist from Almonte, Ont., was inspired to sketch portraits of people living in long-term care homes. Read more