Woodland Villa sees exciting year

Woodland Villa

Media coverage, introduction of physician assistant and Country Fair highlight 2014

Woodland Villa has had an exciting 2014, with a myriad of success stories and notable highlights.

In February, the Long Sault, Ont. home caught the attention of local media, when the Cornwall Standard ran a story about its pet therapy program. The article focused on volunteer Bridget Le Touze and her St. John Ambulance therapy dog, Finnigan.

When Le Touze and Finnigan are at Woodland Villa, they circle the home, visiting rooms that are marked with a paw print. This sign means residents have requested a visit. The pair makes a positive impact on residents, said life enrichment co-ordinator Lisa Doran, who noted the reporter spoke highly of the atmosphere she found at Woodland Villa when she came to do the interviews.

“She said we’re a friendly home and that (reporters) enjoy coming here,” Doran said. “It was an honour for us, too, (because) we really enjoy having them come here.”

In May, Woodland Villa became the first OMNI Health Care home to have a physician assistant on site. As a physician assistant, Nancy Bonaparte provides quick assessments and sometimes treatments for residents’ conditions which can avoid hospital transfers. This is important because transfers can have a detrimental effect on quality of life. Secondly, by having an in-house physician assistant, Bonaparte’s position lessens doctors’ heavy workloads.

The introduction of the position has been applauded by residents and their families, too.

“The families and the residents loved the fact that they were getting seen quicker and probably more frequently, because we have more time than the doctors,” Bonaparte said. “In long-term care, everybody loves having an extra set of hands.”

The ninth annual Country Fair was held at the home Aug. 20. The fair is the home’s flagship event and includes live entertainment. This year’s entertainment included highland dancers, music and karaoke. Vendors, a bake sale, a silent auction, pie-throwing, a barbecue, and a kids zone with a petting zoo and bouncy castles were also part of the event.

Nearly 200 people attended the community event.

“We had it all,” Doran said after the fair. “It was a very successful day and with all the sponsors and the volunteers that help out it was fantastic.”

As 2014 comes to a close, The OMNIway is revisiting some of the top stories from the organization’s 18 long-term care homes. Stay tuned for more of these stories in the coming days.

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