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Alzheimer Society underscores value gardening programs bring to people with dementia

OMNI homes have also found success using gardens to curb agitation and enhance quality of life for residents

The Alzheimer Society of Canada says gardening programs can be effective tools to help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Read more

Family thanks Wildwood Care Centre team for care and support provided to mother

Pictured seated above, Ruth Kelly, who has been staying at Wildwood Care Centre as a respite admission, was recently joined by her husband at the home to celebrate their 72nd anniversary. The couple’s four daughters, pictured standing, joined their mom and dad for the celebration.

Children of Ruth Kelly say the team has also helped the family navigate the system and even hosted an anniversary celebration for parents

The family of Ruth Kelly, who came to Wildwood Care Centre last month on a respite admission while she awaits a long-term care bed, is thanking the team at the St. Marys, Ont. home for their care and support. Read more

LEA says Village Green’s residents and atmosphere have made for an enjoyable first 6 months

Village Green LEA Chris Jenkins shares a moment with resident Marie Champagne.

LEC Karen Coulter says Chris Jenkins has been an excellent fit for the home

Chris Jenkins says he has enjoyed his first six months working as a life enrichment aide (LEA) at Village Green. He says what has made his experience enjoyable has been the residents and the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s atmosphere. Read more

VIDEO: Village Green BSO team shares successes

SELBY, Ont. – In the year and a half since Village Green was awarded funding from the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for a part-time registered practical nurse (RPN) and personal support worker (PSW) to add to the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team, the Greater Napanee long-term care home has been able to stem responsive behaviours and also share valuable knowledge. Read more

Sign-making fundraiser brings in $180 for Frost Manor’s residents’ council

Paint night events at other OMNI homes inspire LEC to host similar event

Recent articles in The OMNIway about “paint night” events at Pleasant Meadow Manor and Maplewood inspired Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Irwin to organize a similar fundraising activity at the Lindsay long-term care home. Read more

How a personalized events calendar changed the life of a Village Green resident

Village Green health-care aide Sylvia O’Brien (left) and RPN Denise Simpson (right) work on the home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario team.

Resident enjoying enhanced quality of life, thanks to simple intervention

SELBY, Ont. – Two Village Green Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team members say there are many great success stories resulting from the initiative but there is one that stands out. Read more

Frost Manor working with local school to create more partnership opportunities

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School student Hunter Grozelle (centre) is pictured here with Grant Thurston (left) and Rick Riel (right).

Students are gaining valuable experience; residents are enjoying the interaction from current collaboration

Frost Manor and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School are working together to try to create more partnerships to enhance opportunities for students as well as for residents and staff members at the Lindsay long-term care home. Read more

Fresh-baked buns wowing Country Terrace residents

Country Terrace nutritional care manager Alex Achillini is seen here rolling out dough to make fresh, from-scratch dinner rolls.

Every Wednesday the nutritional care team is baking fresh dinner rolls for residents, and the residents are loving it

As part of Country Terrace’s mission to continually improve the quality of food service at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home, the nutritional care team is baking homemade buns every Wednesday to serve with dinner. Read more

Royal wedding fever comes to Forest Hill

Forest Hill residents Shirley Howard and Ruth Antoniades are pictured here wearing fascinators while watching the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Residents and staff spend two weeks preparing to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Royal fever was in full swing at Forest Hill during the two weeks leading up to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, and the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home hosted a wide variety of activities aimed at celebrating the couple’s big day. Read more

Woodland Villa to add 17 beds by 2022

Local MPP says addition will help improve access to LTC in the region

Woodland Villa in Long Sault has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a redevelopment project that will add 17 long-term care beds by December 2022 to help alleviate waiting lists in the largely rural region. Read more