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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

Volunteer Laurie Brooks ‘brings a lot of life’ to Frost Manor

Pictured above, Laurie Brooks (right) has been volunteering at Frost Manor for 10 years. Life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Irwin (left) says Laurie is a “bright, bubbly personality who always brings a lot of life to the home.”

Laurie has been a dedicated volunteer at the home for 10 years

LINDSAY, Ont. – Laurie Brooks says she “always wanted to look after people,” so she decided to try her hand at volunteering at Frost Manor. Ten years later, Laurie is still a regular volunteer at the Lindsay long-term care home. Read more

Volunteer musical trio honoured with OLTCA awards for work with Forest Hill residents

Left to right, Forest Hill volunteer musicians Pat Hennessey, Andrew McWeeny and Gerry Armstrong hold the OLTCA Circle of Excellence awards they were presented with on April 18.

Gerry Armstrong, Andrew McWeeny and Pat Hennessey are not only favourite entertainers at the home, their music helps residents affected by cognitive impairment

Forest Hill on April 18 presented three of its volunteer musicians with Circle of Excellence awards from the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) to honour their contributions to residents. Read more

Connie Coll reflects on year volunteering at Springdale with her cat, Hero

Therapeutic Paws of Canada volunteer Connie Coll and her cat, Hero, are pictured here during a recent visit to Springdale Country Manor.

She says working with residents has reinforced the value pet therapy brings to people living in LTC homes

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Connie Coll says the support she and her cat, Hero, have received from Springdale Country Manor has been “wonderful” since the duo began volunteering at the Peterborough County long-term care home 15 months ago. Read more