Jump to content


Photo

Introducing Yourself


  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#1 aaron

aaron

    Member

  • Members
  • 9 posts

Posted 25 January 2010 - 09:41 AM

Hi my name Edna Carrillo and I'am an Activity Director in an Assisted Living Facility. I have been and Activity
Director at this facility for 9 yrs. I enjoy my job very much making seniors smile on a daily basis. It has been so much fun taking residents on outings or just in house activities. I wish all of you the best of luck in this course.

#2 Sandiie13

Sandiie13

    Member

  • Members
  • 7 posts

Posted 25 January 2010 - 10:15 PM

Hi everyone my name is Sandra Medina i live in corpus christi tx. Im working in a long and short term nursing and rehabilitation center in corpus which is going very well for me. I've been in activities since october of 09. I'm happy i got this position so now that i have it i am going to do the best that i can not just for the facility but for my residents. :)

#3 hannah22

hannah22

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 15 February 2010 - 07:14 PM

Hello everyone... My name is Hannah Satterfield and I am 21 years old. This is my first time in long term care. I am the activity director for Edgewood Manor in Texarkana, Ar. I love my job!! What job could be better than playing games and making stuff, and watching the smiles you put on peoples faces!! PLease feel free to help me out with any ideas that you might have for me!

#4 cpage

cpage

    Member

  • Members
  • 12 posts

Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:27 AM

Hi, my name is Cynthia Page and I am from Dickinson, Texas. I work in a rehabilitation and healthcare center in Webster, Texas. I have been working as an activity assistant at this facility since August 2008. I went from working in a high school for 18 years and wish I had been doing this instead. I love my job and everyone I work with (residents and staff). I feel this is a very rewarding job. I am looking vary forward in becoming an Activity Director. I wish everyone good luck.

#5 IRitch

IRitch

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:20 PM

Hello all,

My name is Irene Ritcher. I am not currently working as an activities director, but did in the past. I have to say that it was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding work experiences of my life. I have also worked with disabled adults of all ages. I especially (as I'm sure most of us do) love the expression of happy recognition on the face of one dealing with Alzheimer's.

I am currently working as a writer, and have written a short story about one of my earlier experiences as an activities director. I would love to share it with you all, and will appreciate if you take a look. It is called The Bell. I think it will give you a laugh. Anyway, thanks in advance, and I hope you enjoy it. Happy activities everyone!

http://www.associate...ell.html?cat=12

I Ritcher

BTW, I think "jello races" are great fun. Even those in wheelchairs, or with walkers may participate with some assistance.

#6 Pennie

Pennie

    Advanced Member

  • Admin
  • 815 posts

Posted 05 May 2010 - 02:06 PM

Hello all,

My name is Irene Ritcher. I am not currently working as an activities director, but did in the past. I have to say that it was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding work experiences of my life. I have also worked with disabled adults of all ages. I especially (as I'm sure most of us do) love the expression of happy recognition on the face of one dealing with Alzheimer's.

I am currently working as a writer, and have written a short story about one of my earlier experiences as an activities director. I would love to share it with you all, and will appreciate if you take a look. It is called The Bell. I think it will give you a laugh. Anyway, thanks in advance, and I hope you enjoy it. Happy activities everyone!

http://www.associate...ell.html?cat=12

I Ritcher

BTW, I think "jello races" are great fun. Even those in wheelchairs, or with walkers may participate with some assistance.


Hi Irene
I read your story & really enjoyed it. I think all of us AD's probably have a funny story like yours at some point in our career. Being able to see the humor in the things we do as well as those our residents do is what makes us all good at our jobs & love it so darn much!

#7 ccrisanto

ccrisanto

    Member

  • Members
  • 9 posts

Posted 09 May 2010 - 11:18 AM

Hi Irene
I read your story & really enjoyed it. I think all of us AD's probably have a funny story like yours at some point in our career. Being able to see the humor in the things we do as well as those our residents do is what makes us all good at our jobs & love it so darn much!


Hi Irene: My name is Cathy and I can certainly understand what it is to be young, naive and full of energy. But even now I am old, naive and full of energy as well. I could tell you a story about when we had karoake. I was up in front singing with one of our nurses when she had to leave to take care of something. She gave me the other microphone. I honestly looked around for a second for someone else to sing with but when no one wanted to, not even the residents, I kept on singing along. One of our resident's who was 104 at the time looked to one of the aides and said 'save me!' she came and took the microphones from me and I have never sung since. But I am still in charge of the sing a longs! :)

#8 IRitch

IRitch

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 10 May 2010 - 01:31 PM

Hi Irene: My name is Cathy and I can certainly understand what it is to be young, naive and full of energy. But even now I am old, naive and full of energy as well. I could tell you a story about when we had karoake. I was up in front singing with one of our nurses when she had to leave to take care of something. She gave me the other microphone. I honestly looked around for a second for someone else to sing with but when no one wanted to, not even the residents, I kept on singing along. One of our resident's who was 104 at the time looked to one of the aides and said 'save me!' she came and took the microphones from me and I have never sung since. But I am still in charge of the sing a longs! :)



Cathy, that is absolutely hillarious. Of course I hope your feelings were not hurt. Some of us do not have the best singing voice, but should sing anyway. After all, it is all joyful noise to God! Sing loud and proud my firend, it will encourage others to as well...

I envy your energy. If you read my AC profile, you will see that I am 48, with four children ranging from 27 - 4 years old. If energy could be purchased I would likely single handedly make the stock quite valuable. Hahaha!

Good Lord, my spell check will not cooperate, now my secret is revealed... :huh:

:D

#9 scastillo66

scastillo66

    Member

  • Members
  • 6 posts

Posted 10 May 2010 - 08:51 PM

Hi everybody my name is Sindy Castillo Im 24, have three kids and a loving fiancee. I just wanted to say that I love my job. Iused to be a CNA but now Im in activities. I am going to school for a Director so wish me luck!!!! :)

#10 janiceb

janiceb

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:11 PM

Hi! I'm Jan.  I work in an Assisted Living Facility in Texas.



#11 KimberlyStula

KimberlyStula

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 3 posts

Posted 26 October 2015 - 06:17 PM

Hi I'm Kimberly working in an adult day health center. :)



#12 ashleyd

ashleyd

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 07 November 2015 - 12:16 PM

Hello! my name is Ashley and i'm in Tennessee. Best of luck to everyone!



#13 amkenney

amkenney

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 09 November 2015 - 03:48 PM

Hi! I'm Allie from Indianapolis, IN. Have a great day!



#14 NancyZM

NancyZM

    Member

  • Members
  • 7 posts

Posted 22 November 2015 - 08:26 PM

Hello Everyone!

My name is Nancy and I'm currently a student in the MEPAP1 course.  I work in a nursing home in PA and I enjoy my job very much.  I am learning a LOT from the MEPAP course and I just hope I'll be a good activities' director when I take over the position although I know I'll miss my unit very much.  I'm definitely always looking for new activities to engage our residents and I'm looking forward to checking this site out to find some new ideas.  Just a brief look through this site has shown me how much information there is to access and utilize for my residents - thanks to everyone for your posts.

Nancy



#15 msoto

msoto

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 09 December 2015 - 09:58 AM

Hello, my name is Megan...I am one of the Activities Assistants at our Adult Day program in Pueblo CO. I have worked in activities just a little over a year and absolutely love it! I am currently enrolled in the MEPAP1 class and will be finishing in the next 2 weeks, then will be on to the next MEPAP! Love doing my job, and can't wait to get that Activity Director certification!



#16 JuneMaree

JuneMaree

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 20 May 2016 - 10:45 AM

My name is June-Maree and was an Independent Living Activity Director in another state.  Since moving to Florida and working as an Activity Assistant, I decided to get certified as an Activity Director.  I am finishing part one MEPAP and will be on to part two. I am also attempting to outreach and connect with a lot more people - in the profession and out.  I've never been really great at networking but it seems to be more necessary since our recent move.  This will be one of my beginning outlets.



#17 aornelas

aornelas

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 23 May 2016 - 01:48 PM

Hey guys my name is Amber Ornelas and I am currently enrolled in MEPAP 1. I am originally from San Angelo, Texas but ended up in Round Rock Texas where I am currently working at Park Valley Inn skilled nursing facility. I turned 21 in February and enrolled the beginning of March to start my activity directory journey. 



#18 lmawhinney

lmawhinney

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 2 posts

Posted 27 May 2016 - 04:48 PM

I'm Lisa Mawhinney, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Cristwood Nursing Center in Shoreline, WA. I'm excited to share ideas and concerns with other activity professionals. Working on MEPAP1 & should be done soon to move on to MEPAP2. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone!



#19 sunshine001

sunshine001

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 4 posts

Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:05 PM

Hello everyone! My name is Sunshine Pitt! I am 21 years old and I have been working in my facility since I was just 18, right out of high school. I fell in love with the amazing work we do! My department has a Recreation Director an Assistant Recreation Director (Same qualifications as the AD), and 2 Recreation Aides normally. Our Assistant Rec Director got a promotion to a Recreation Director and I decided it was time for me to step up. Well I hit a road block, as I learned I had to become a certified AD in order to get the promotion. Currently, I am in the 13th of 16th week of the MEPAP1. As soon as I complete this course, I am onto the next one. Taking the MEPAP course is a great learning experience for me. Everything I have learned, I have brought to my job. I am open to any new ideas! I look forward to meeting and chatting with other activity professionals. :)



#20 jaiken

jaiken

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 19 June 2016 - 04:36 PM

Hello Activity Professionals!

I'm Jill, recently new to the healthcare industry and currently enrolled in the MEPAP1 course.  I began my healthcare career as The Director of Admissions at another facility, and after (6) months, I became the Activities Director with over 100 residents.  I am currently the Life Enrichment Director at a new skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility.  There is nothing like working with our residents, getting to know and adore their families and loved ones.  This is the most rewarding job I've ever had!

 



#21 sdufour

sdufour

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:20 PM

Hello everyone!

My name is Sia and I am a 25 year old Activities Coordinator from Toledo, OH.  I have been working for almost 2 years in my AL facility and am finally taking the MEPAP1 course to try to become a certified AD. I am always wanting to become more confident in my position and even after 2 years I still feel as though I could do more or better. I want to feel comfortable interacting with my coworkers and do my best to provide the highest quality programs that I can for my residents. Right now I am struggling to find programs that cater to the small male population's needs. I am hoping this network will give me some ideas for all areas of my activities! 



#22 ALennon

ALennon

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 24 June 2017 - 10:56 PM

Hello, I'm Andrew I'm in my last week of the MEPAP1 course. I've been working in the activities department for about a year now. I live in Yakima, WA. I love all of the information I have learned so far and look forward to learning much more. 



#23 Afoster

Afoster

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:31 PM

Yello!

My name is April Foster, and i have started the MEPAP 1 Course in March of this year. I am working towards my dream to become an Activity Director. I am truly blessed to have such a supportive family that knows just home to motivate me and keep me on course. I love interacting with senior and children and i can be very Artsy-Fartsy most of the time, They call me bubbly at work because of my high bubbly spirit. I think i fit right in with all my co-workers and residents. I am excited to be a member and look forward to great ideas and support from this network of activities professionals!



#24 elaundresspeteron

elaundresspeteron

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 11 July 2017 - 01:53 PM

Hi Everyone my name is Elaundress D Peterson!!!

I am so excited about taking the MEPAP1 class.  Learned so much about  people interest, and Active listening  reading really encourage me.  Blessings to all in the future.



#25 ericasouter

ericasouter

    Newbie

  • Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:23 AM

Hello everyone!

 

My name is Erica Souter and I am in the process of completing the first half of the MEPAP course, in a month I will be starting MEPAP 2 to become certified as an activity director!

 

I cannot wait to connect with activity professionals and gain more experience and knowledge!

 

Have a great day!