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Willows Estate toasts volunteers with roast beef dinner

Willows Estate nutritional care team member Charlene Robinson takes a break with desserts. She prepared a roast beef dinner recently to honour the Aurora long-term care home’s volunteers.

‘They’re helpful and they’re dedicated’

From the man who clears the dishes after a meal to the woman who hosts a small friendship circle, Willows Estate views its volunteers as integral members of the care team. 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

Volunteers a sweet asset for Maplewood

Brighton home hosts appreciation event

Volunteering is a sweet affair at Maplewood.

From jelly beans to Swedish berries, the Brighton long-term care home expressed its appreciation for its volunteers with a number of sugary treats and a special event recently. Read more

Streamway Villa hosts BBQ to thank volunteers for their dedication to residents

‘Streamway Villa would not be the comfortable, fun and hopeful home it is without our volunteers’

Volunteers are an integral part of providing high quality of life to the residents of Streamway Villa, so the Cobourg long-term care home hosted its annual volunteer appreciation barbecue on Sept. 23 to thank the people who generously give their time to help residents. Read more

Volunteers keep coming back to help make Woodland Villa Country Fair a success

Mary Lalonde (left) and Denise Legault volunteered once again at Woodland Villa’s annual Country Fair.

Denise Legault and Mary Lalonde say the annual event brings smiles to everyone’s faces – and that’s a good enough reason to volunteer

LONG SAULT, Ont. – Two volunteers who returned to help Woodland Villa team members with this year’s Country Fair say the enjoyment residents and guests experience at the event is what keeps them coming back. Read more

Volunteer ‘phenomenal with residents with dementia’

Rosebridge Manor

Rosebridge Manor honours volunteers during recent luncheon

From the woman who visits one-to-one with residents to the lady who helps facilitate the residents’ council, Rosebridge Manor is blessed with a crew of valuable volunteers. Read more

Pleasant Meadow values, honours volunteers

Norwood long-term care home hosts appreciation tea

Whether they’re helping residents enjoy a game of bingo or sitting down for a one-to-one conversation, volunteers are an integral part of the fabric of Pleasant Meadow Manor. Read more

Volunteer duo gives a ‘double boost’ to Frost Manor’s infection control

Frost Manor volunteers Carol Gadsden (left) and Christine Rose (right) are seen here with the home’s environmental services manager Rick Riel.

Christine Rose and Carol Gadsden ‘are an integral part of improving the residents’ quality of life’

LINDSAY, Ont. – Frost Manor volunteers Christine Rose and Carol Gadsden will offer their help anywhere it’s needed at the Lindsay long-term care home, but the duo plays a particularly important role keeping the 62 residents safe.

Working together, Christine and Carol help environmental services manager Rick Riel and his team with infection control. They pay extra attention to sanitizing high-risk areas of the home, such as hand rails, baseboards and doorknobs.

“They play a very important part (of infection control),” Rick tells The OMNIway. “We have only had one outbreak this year, and that’s a testament to all of the staff, but Christine and Carol come in and they do extra cleaning that the staff probably wouldn’t get to. … They give a double boost to the infection control process.

“They are an integral part of improving the residents’ quality of life,” Rick adds.

Christine and Carol also help with the laundry. Having two sets of extra hands helping with laundry ensures the laundry team never falls behind schedule, which is important since the home has a policy of getting residents their clean clothes returned to them within 24 hours, Rick notes.

“They help make that possible,” Rick says, adding, “I like having them here, and they enjoy coming here, and we have a lot of fun.”

“And Rick always keeps us involved in things, too,” Carol adds.

Christine and Carol were among the volunteers honoured with a special luncheon on April 19. Nutritional care manager Zach Jarvis and his team prepared a lunch of pork chops with a rosemary-sage cream sauce, roasted potatoes and vegetables, with cheesecake for dessert. Lyndsay gave a speech thanking all volunteers for their work and dedication to residents.

April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week 2018. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marked the 77th National Volunteer Week.

Anyone interested in volunteering at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home can call 1-705-748-6631 for more information.

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Local students stop by Village Green to help honour volunteers

‘All the students were so amazing, such beautiful talent’

A group of students from Cornerstone Christian Academy paid a visit to Village Green on April 18 to help the Greater Napanee long-term care home pay tribute to its volunteers. Read more