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July 2014

July 9
Providence Manor resident launches first book at age 95
Mary Mathieson is reading from her first book, a memoir entitled “Stories of my century.” The 95-year-old writer was admitted to Providence Manor before Christmas in “crisis” condition. Now, half a year later, she’s launching her first book.

June 2014

June 9 
Peter D. Clark Home part of project to reduce use of antipsychotic drugs by dementia patients
A team at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group is one of 15 across Canada that will participate in a project aimed at sharply reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs by patients with dementia. The Royal Ottawa will work with the 216-bed Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Home, one of four long-term care homes it manages. 

June 7
Seniors go the prom
Prom season is here, and Stratford’s Greenwood Court is holding one of its own

May 2014

May 28
A new way of caring for dementia
A unique long term care program inspired by Montessori education is helping to improve quality of life for those living with dementia.

May 20
North Lambton Lodge Auxiliary hosts region conference
North Lambton Lodge Auxiliary welcomed fellow members of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors (OANHSS) from Region 1 to North Lambton Lodge on Tuesday, May 13 for the annual Region 1 Auxiliary Conference.

May 16
Doors open on new Kipling Acres long-term care home
The ribbon was cut on the first phase of the new, improved and fully accessible Kipling Acres this week.

May 9

The news story that wasn’t at St. Joseph’s at Fleming
 instead of heading to the long-term care facility on Wednesday afternoon (May 7) to take photos of fire fighters picking through charred rubble, I went to attend a celebration. An official thank-you to all of the staff who thought quickly on their feet that night and to those who didn't think twice about coming in to help care for residents when they were woken up in the middle of the night.

May 2
People are living longer and, may outlast the money they set aside for retirement
For Bette Haining, the golden years do glitter. The 94-year-old is healthy, energetic, good-natured and a delighted occupant of one of 68 apartments for elderly in Unitarian House of Ottawa.

April 2014

April 14
Golden Manor honours volunteers
Residents at a local seniors home gave thanks to a volunteer who has dedicated years to making their lives happier. For more than 40 years, Claire Laneville has volunteered her time at the Golden Manor Home for the Aged.

March 2014

March 14
Ottawa seniors home opens doors to $5.4 million expansion
Ottawa’s seniors have more housing options after a $5.4 million assisted living facility opened its doors in Bruyère Village on Friday morning.
March 13
Mattawa clinic one step closer to one stop health care
Health care for residents in the community took a giant step forward on March 5 with the opening of the new Mattawa Medical Clinic.

Japanese officials tour Niagara health facilities
Japan is learning from Canada when it comes to delivering health care to its elderly citizens.

March 9
Whitby long term care staff earns national recognition
Staff at Fairview Lodge in Whitby earned an Accreditation Canada award with Exemplary Standing, the highest level of performance an organization can achieve.

March 7
More long term care beds needed
Sioux Lookout continues to lobby for more beds at the Meno Ya Win Health Centre. Mayor Dennis Leney says he raised the issue at the Good Roads conference, in order to address their needs.
January 2014

January 25
Administrators offer words of assurance
Pinecrest Home staff have drills at least three times a month, and staff from each shift are involved, in order to help prepare staff and patients train for an emergency.

December 2013

December 19
Province announces funding to help Niagara seniors
Ontario Seniors' Affairs Minister Mario Sergio was in Virgil Thursday at Pleasant Manor Retirement Village to announce an investment of almost $27 million to provide people "with the right care, at the right time, in the right place."

December 19

Arnprior Regional Health gains funds to expand adult day program
Arnprior Regional Health is receiving almost $80,000 to expand the adult day program in this area.

December 19
Big donation for Hastings Manor
Hastings Manor is a lot closer to a new outdoor pavilion.

December 19
Season's greetings
Santa recently visited the Willow Foundation’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Post Inn Village Long Term Care Home.

December 16
Lighting of the trees at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre 
The 24th annual Lights of Hope campaign, to benefit St Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, kicked-off the season, last week, with the ceremonial lighting of the trees. 

December 8
Ribbon-cutting for new Tabor Manor
More beds for seniors in need of long term care have come online as a new seniors’ home opens its doors. Tabor Manor announced the opening of their new long-term care home Sunday after two years under construction.

December 6
John Noble Home redevelopment project to be finished in six months
The John Noble Home redevelopment project is now six months from completion.

December 4
Strathmere Lodge brings Christmas cheer with video
Residents and staff at Strathmere Lodge in Strathroy have gone viral.

December 1
‘Tis the season at Valley Manor
Christmas is of the utmost importance at Valley Manor Nursing Home in Barry’s Bay.

November 2013

November 27
Holiday spirit at Pinecrest
Music filled the air as smiling faces gathered in the Pinecrest home auditorium during a performance from the Beaver Brae music students.

November 25
Making nursing home care culturally appropriate for First Nations
Some First Nations in northwestern Ontario are looking at home-grown options for long term care.

November 22
Georgian Village officially opens
After more than 10 years, $80.2 million and thousands of staff hours, Georgian Village is officially open. 
November 21
New senior village opens in Penetanguishene
With an aging population there’s a big need for seniors housing and old-style retirement or nursing homes aren’t enough anymore. 

November 20 
Valley Manor holds “Bee and Tea”
Last week, volunteers with Valley Manor in Barry’s Bay got together for a Bee and Tea, a chance for people who lend their time to the staff and residents of the long term care facility to get together and socialize but also an opportunity for the manor to catch them up on the latest pieces of necessary training.

November 12
St. Joe’s respite and day programs get boost
New provincial funding will help St. Joseph's Health Centre extend and expand its respite and adult day programs. 

October 2013

October 31
Bruyère radiothon to give advice on seniors’ health issues
Your aging parent is having a health crisis. Where do you start? Who can help you?Experts from Bruyère Continuing Care will tackle the subject of Navigating the Health Care System for an Aging Population during Bruyère’s annual fundraising radiothon.
October 17
Ottawa senior citizens bare it all (almost) in new charity pinup calendar
There’s been volleyball teams, firefighters, Playboy centerfolds and now there’s a new wrinkle in the naked pin-up calendar genre — a group of Ottawa senior citizens is selling one. For their annual fundraiser, Unitarian House of Ottawa residents decided it was time to take a bit off–clothing, that is, to illustrate how older seniors are outliving their money.

October 16
Long term care residents move in at Georgian Village
The County of Simcoe’s new senior-lifestyle community in Penetanguishene opened its doors to its first long term care residents on Tuesday.

October 16
Cooking up support for Fairview
Too many cooks for the kitchen! That is a problem for Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge. Well, not really too many cooks, more like the kitchen isn’t big enough for the kitchen staff as the seniors’ complex has grown over the years.

October 9
New exercise programs at Valley Manor
Changes in government funding are resulting in new exercise programs at Valley Manor Nursing Home in Barry’s Bay.

September 2013
September 26
25-year milestone for Glen Stor Dun Lodge seniors' program
A quarter century of programming aimed at breaking down barriers of isolation and depression for seniors was celebrated by the community.

September 16
Deer Park expansion complete
When Catherine Annable heard the music, she knew she was really home. “I was on my way to the break room, and I heard singing. And I realized it was coming from our beautiful new chapel.

September 16
Deer Park Villa opens after $8.6-million redevelopment project
The newly redeveloped Deer Park Villa long term care home in Grimsby officially opened last week, providing a comfortable new home for its 39 residents.
August 2013

August 18
Sixty-two summers, and counting
In 1949, Jean-Paul Lapalme moved with his parents from Wainwright, Alta., to Earlton, Ont., 23 years old and trading a western wheat farm for an Ontario dairy one.
August 6
Reflections: Doug Rapelje is a hero to many
Sometimes the stars align and good things happen to great people. Doug Rapelje is such a person and Brock University recently recognized his lifelong dedication to the needs of the elderly and the challenged with an honorary doctorate.

Intervention program reduces challenging behaviours in seniors with dementia
When Lanore MacKenzie sits down with a few books to read aloud, the 93-year-old and her audience at a Fergus long term care home couldn't be happier.         

June 2013         

June 26
Valley Manor receives four-year accreditation
Valley Manor recently received its accreditation, earning a four-year award with commendation for the first time. The accreditation process takes many months to prepare for and ends with a three-day audit where surveyors go over everything with “a fine toothed comb,” said Trisha Sammon, Valley Manor administrator.

June 26                 
Volunteering with seniors offers unique experience
June is Seniors’ Month – a time for Etobians to celebrate the seniors in their communities and the many ways they continue to enrich their lives. Those looking to pay tribute to those elders, said Kimberly Penton, co-ordinator of volunteer services at Lakeshore Lodge, need not look any further than their own backyards for volunteer opportunities serving seniors. 

June 19
Premier on hand to open 45 new apartments for seniors
Seniors and veterans have more places to live thanks to an expansion at the Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre.

June 19

Yee Hong golf tournament raises money for programs
The Yee Hong Foundation Golf Classic Tournament raised $85,000 to maintain programs and improve facilities at four Yee Hong seniors' centres in Mississauga, Markham and Toronto that serve more than 15,000 seniors and their families.

June 19
True Davidson Acres marks 40th anniversary
Betty Tustin first started her journey with True Davidson Acres when her husband needed care. Tustin has been president of the volunteer association at True Davidson Acres for 20 years. Now, as the long term care home celebrates its 40th anniversary, she and about 125 other volunteers continue to improve the home-comfort environment for its senior residents.

June 19
More cash needed for seniors care 
Despite caring for the most frail people in society, long term care (LTC) home operators feel they’re not being given the resources to adequately do the job. At least 70% of LTC home residents have some sort of cognitive impairment, says Douglas Rapelje, the retired director of Niagara Region’s seniors homes who has spent most of his life advocating for seniors.       

June 14
Cheers to these healthy change champions
Every hour of every day, assisted living clients in Elliot Lake are assured that services are available to allow them to live safely in their own homes for as long as possible – thanks in part to Gil Contant and the Huron Lodge team.   

June 12
Doug Rapelje to speak at Brock convocation ceremony
When Doug Rapelje speaks to hundreds of Brock University graduates during their convocation ceremony, he will bestow upon them words of wisdom. “Service to humanity is the greatest work in life,” Rapelje said. “But they’ve got to believe in themselves to make a difference,” he added.

June 6
Glen Stor Dun Lodge Honours Thérèse Brisebois as Volunteer of the Year
Thérèse Brisebois’ commitment to volunteering extends over five decades. It began in the mid-1970s as she started visiting residents at the Bestview Nursing Home (now Heartwood) where her father resided, and it continues today in a number of locations, including the Glen Stor Dun Lodge.

June 6
Care centre group busier than ever
It may look like a hen party, but it’s closer to a bee hive at the Osgoode Care Centre’s weekly community relations committee meetings.

May 2013

May 27
Seniors advocate Rapelje wins lifetime award
Doug Rapelje has spent his life trying to make the golden years a more enjoyable and safer experience. The onetime director of Niagara Region’s social services and senior citizen department received the Individual Achievement Award at the 10th annual Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence at a ceremony held in Hamilton on Friday evening.

May 22
John Noble Home welcomes new Alzheimer Society office
Mary Burnett needs only one word to describe the new home of the Alzheimer Society of Brant. "Fabulous," the society's CEO said about the space in the former Bell Court unit of the John Noble Home, just off Bell Lane Terrace.

May 8
Valley Manor says “thanks” to its volunteers
A few lessons and lots of recess-type fun were the main events of the Valley Manor appreciation luncheon in honour of the nursing home’s volunteers.

April 2013

April 24
Giving seniors a voice through art-making
In Haliburton County, an innovative program known as Visible Voices has addressed those personal struggles through art-making. “I was inspired by a program out of the U.K. called Arts On Prescription,” said Fay Wilkinson, program co-ordinator and registered expressive arts consultant.

April 23
“You brighten people’s lives” 
Carol Rapelje recalls that after having each of her four babies she’d wrap up the cooing little things and cart them off to the old Sunset Haven seniors’ home in Welland.

April 17
Gay seniors find “safe” retirement housing
Alf Roberts took part in his first pride parade when he was 80 years old, shortly after coming out of the closet. The Toronto senior rode on a bus decorated by Fudger House, a downtown long term care home that focuses on creating a positive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered seniors.

April 9
Volunteers improve the lives of seniors
Volunteers at Niagara Region’s eight long-term care homes contributed 88,000 hours of service in 2012, enhancing the quality of life for the 950 residents of the homes.

April 2
New “Snoezelen Room” for seniors with dementia
The Ritz Lutheran Villa’s new “Snoezelen Room” is decidedly different from the rest of the facility. The room is dark, except for gentle light coming from a giant bubble tube surrounded by mirrors. One of the room’s white room-darkening shades doubles as a projection screen for some pastel designs.

March 2013

March 28
Building from the ground up 
The County of Simcoe’s Georgian Village project has come a long way since first breaking ground on Penetanguishene’s Thompsons Road two years ago.

March 26
Copernicus Lodge wins accessibility award
Copernicus Lodge Retirement Home chief executive officer Tracy Kamino said she, her staff and residents, are “excited” to have been awarded an Excellence Canada – Ontario Accessibility Award. Excellence Canada announced the recipients on Friday, March 8.

March 14
Community ambassadors asked to share ideas with ARH
Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is turning to community members to collect ideas to improve its health services. ARH includes an umbrella of local health care providers, most prominetly Arnprior District Memorial Hospital and the Grove Nursing Home.

March 12
Dorchester Manor celebrates 10 years
With the familiar twang of Hank Williams’ 1951 hit “Hey Good Looking” piping in through a speaker, residents of the Meadows of Dorchester and their family members gathered in the large great room inside the Kalar Road long term care home on Friday to celebrate the home’s 10th anniversary.

February 2013

February 14
This love has lasted in the face of tragedy
If Lynn Szinegh could talk, she would probably tell you she came back from the dead so she could dance with her husband Emil. At the Peel Manor Long Term Care Centre where Lynn resides, the Szineghs’ unusual love story serves as an inspiration to staff and visitors  alike.

Couple’s love endures decades, disease
Even though she does not know his name, Edward Fournier visits his wife every day. The couple has been married 57 years. “She is happy when she sees him and her face lights up,” says daughter Kathy Papagiannis. Marion Fournier, a resident at Markham’s Union Villa, has had Alzheimer’s for 12 years.

Horticultural students make floral arrangements for Linhaven residents 
Sometimes the littlest things have the biggest impact. One of the latest projects by horticultural students at Niagara College involved putting together tiny floral arrangements. But while not very large, these displays pack a pretty punch.

February 6
Ritz Villa ends successful "buy a bed" campaign
A little over a year after their “Buy a Bed” campaign started, the Ritz Lutheran Villa has 60 high-low beds for residents.“It’s great,” said Villa board chair Deb Little. “There’s been nothing but great feedback from residents, families and staff.” A high-low bed can be raised for transferring and other care, but lowered for sleeping. The beds are preferred over beds with rails.

January 2013

January 15
CEO of Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre steps down
Greg Fougère, chief executive of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, is stepping down in June after 26 years with the organization. Under Fougère’s leadership, the Perley Rideau built a 12-bedroom guest house for respite care for people with dementia, and established both a dementia day program and a convalescent program. It is currently building 139 seniors’ apartments with assisted-living services.

January 11

Riverview Gardens Mock Disaster
You may notice emergency crews on site at Riverview Gardens this morning, as the municipality conducts a mock disaster. General Manager of Health and Family Services for Chatham-Kent, Lucy Brown, says while she can’t say exactly what the mock disaster will be, crews must always be prepared for a variety of scenarios.


Member Spotlight

Dearness Home Residents Brighten the Days of Sick Children

Providence Manor Develops Resource Guide for Substitute Decision Makers

OANHSS Members Collaborate to Identify Indicators of Quality Care

OANHSS Members Honoured with Inaugural Minister's Medal

The Elliott Community Honours Residents with Touching Video     

Training and Dedicated Time Enhance Dementia Care at Wellington Terrace

New PSW Supervisors Support Care at Perley & Rideau Veterans' Health Centre

Timeless Memories and Priceless Smiles at Parkview Home Long Term Care

Emergency Evacuation Exercise Helps to Prepare Providence Manor


St. Joseph's Care Group Expands to Improve Seniors' Care

Exploring Depression Through Expressive Arts at Hyland Crest, Highland Wood


Bruyère and Perley and Rideau Bring Village Concept to Ottawa Area

Hillsdale Estates' Long Term Plan for Long Term Care 

Ergonomic Innovation Streamlines Care at United Mennonite Home 

Fairview Mennonite's Guidelines Project Leads to Improved Resident Care

Glen Stor Dun Lodge: A Celebration 100 Years in the Making

Foyer Richelieu Welland/Tabor Manor Partnership Eases Stress of Redevelopment on Residents