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  3. Special snacks passed room to room with music playing. Fathers day is coming up. Maybe some trivia about famous tv dads or a word search, Songs about dad while passing out rootbeer floats to everyone.
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  6. Hi I am from Michigan, Does state FTag require for a full comprehensive assessment to be done after a resident has been in the hospital for a few days without a sig-change. I am being told to do a full comphrehensive assessment during a re-admit and its being said it is a state requirement.
  7. Does anyone have any good activity ideas at this time
  8. Visit this CNN Article to see exactly how a virus spreads among a crowd. A viral video from Japan aims to show how easily germs and viruses can spread in restaurants when just one person is infected. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/13/health/japan-black-light-experiment-coronavirus-trnd-wellness/index.html
  9. Hello, Due to guidance from DOH, we cannot have our beautician come in to cut our resident's hair. We do have a nurse aide that is a licensed beautician and have recently reached out to the DOH to ask if she can cut the resident's hair. Our CEO predicts they will say no as it is not in her listed job duties. How have you all been handling hair cuts for your residents? Our facility is long term care/nursing home. Thanks, -Shannon
  10. Hi All, Due to the current Outbreak, I have been trying to decide on a fun and engaging activity to perform coming up in the next few days or so. I would like to get some opinions and see what I can add onto my program to make it more engaging for my residents who are being affected by this quarantine. My program will consist of arts and crafts but I would like to incorporate some social aspects so they are not doing the craft alone in their room. My residents definitely miss being social with one another. An example craft is a tie dye flower and fence post which holds their flower using colored markers and water. Any ideas on how to improve my craft and incorporate socialization into it? Thanks in advance, Tiffany
  11. CMS has a New Grant underway to strengthen safety and health outcomes for nursing home residents and to improve quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care. Click to Apply for Grant money below . View this email in your browser Self-Care for Those Giving Care Indisputably, COVID-19 has increased the level of stress and anxiety across all walks of life. This frightening and highly contagious adversary is particularly weighing heavily on our front line healthcare professionals and they are feeling the conflicting hardship of helping those they care for while at the same time ensuring their own safety. But you need to know that you’re not alone and there are some things you can do to help mitigate the negative effects on your overall well-being. American Psychological Association (APA) notes that managing stress early on can prevent long-term mental health troubles. “If you start to feel an acute increase in anxiety, depression, or other condition, consider seeking professional help sooner rather than later, if possible.” The following are some strategies and preventative measures to help you take action to integrate self care while giving care to others. The Art of Self Support Self-care and engaging in strategies to help maximize wellness isn't always easy, especially for busy healthcare professionals. This highly contagious disease does not discriminate over race, age, nor global logistics and so it is more imperative than ever for healthcare professional to commit to carving out time for their own self-care. Self-Support Strategies: Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and updates (including social media; hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting). Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, exercise or try meditation. Try to eat healthy, well balanced meals. Get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol. Carve out time to unwind. A hot bath works wonders. Connect with others. With today’s abundantly available technology you can continue to talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html The Value of Self-Care Have you ever heard some of these caretaker clichés? 1.) Take care of yourself first or you will have nothing left to give others. 2.) We can’t give what we don’t have. 3.) Taking care of ourselves is taking care of them too. We can all agree on the value of self-care. That said, it is interesting to note that healthcare professionals are often the ones that often forget or completely dismiss self-care practices altogether. So don’t forget to care for yourself so you can better take care of others. Self-Monitor for Stress: Along with self-monitoring for physical symptoms of Covid-19, assess yourself for emotional symptoms. Look for signs such as irritability, insomnia, fatigue, headaches and digestive problems. Be aware that it’s normal to be experiencing some manifestations of anxiety (such as restlessness and difficulty focusing) during this period of exceptional uncertainty. Practice Self-Care: Healthy activities can help maintain equilibrium in trying times. Exercise, eat healthy foods, maintain a sleep schedule, pray, dance in the living room. Stay Personally Connected: Despite social distancing and quarantines, we can stay in touch via telephone, FaceTime, Zoom meetings and other platforms. Set up group chats with friends and relatives to keep grounded in your personal lives and allay the concerns loved ones might feel about your work with a high-risk population. Sharing the Facts About COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful. When you share accurate information about COVID-19 you can help people feel less stressed and allow you to connect with them. Meditation Meditation and daily affirmations are a great way to get your own self-care program jump started. The time needed to pursue either can be flexible and easily retrofitted to accommodate your demanding schedule throughout the day. There is a variety of meditation practices that you can try. “Meditation” actually refers to many different practices. In the West, the most well-known set of practices is “mindfulness meditation.” That means paying attention, purposefully and non-judgmentally, to your experience in the present moment. Studies have shown meditation to benefit on so many levels: Reduce stress Control anxiety Promotes emotional health Enhances self awareness Lengthens attention span May reduce age-related memory loss Improves sleep Pain management Decrease blood pressure Lastly but certainly not least, meditation can generate kindness. . . and that’s an added blessing that all of us welcome in our everyday lives. NOTE: Headspace, the meditation app, is offering free access to healthcare professionals this year. Affirmations Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. Identify the thoughts or behaviors that you'd like to change then come up with positive, credible, and achievable affirmation statements that are the opposite of negative thoughts. Repeat your affirmations several times a day, especially when you find yourself slipping into negative self-talk or engaging in negative behavior. Positive affirmations can be used to combat these often subconscious patterns and replace them with more adaptive narratives. Source: https://positivepsychology.com/daily-affirmations/ The art of viewing self-care as something other than a selfish act is rather difficult thing for healthcare workers to accept but the simple truth is that self-care pursuits “benefit everyone”. . . the healthcare workers’ family, fellow colleagues and associates, and ultimately caring for ourselves benefits the residents we serve. Thank you for all you do! Sources: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#section12 https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/18/21181644/coronavirus-covid-19-mindfulness-meditation-anxiety https://www.mcknights.com/blogs/the-world-according-to-dr-el/managing-staff-anxiety-in-the-time-of-covid-19/ https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/26/21193122/coronavirus-mental-health-doctors-nurses-covid-19 https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/affirmations.htm Have a topic request or question for Celeste? Send them over to celestechase@activitydirector.org CMS Technology Grant Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program A CMP is a monetary penalty the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may impose against nursing homes for either the number of days or for each instance a nursing home is not in substantial compliance with one or more Medicare and Medicaid participation requirements for long-term care facilities. A portion of CMPs collected from nursing homes are returned to the states in which CMPs are imposed. State CMP funds may be reinvested to support activities that benefit nursing home residents and that protect or improve their quality of care or quality of life. What CMP Funds Can Be Used For CMP funds may be used for (but not limited to) the following: Assistance to support and protect residents of a facility that closes or is decertified. Time-limited expenses incurred in the process of relocating residents to home and community-based settings or another facility when a facility is closed or downsized pursuant to an agreement with the state Medicaid agency. Projects that support resident and family councils and other consumer involvement in assuring quality care in facilities. Facility improvement initiatives, such as joint training of facility staff and surveyors, or technical assistance for facilities implementing quality assurance and performance improvement programs. As part of its continued commitment to the nation’s most vulnerable populations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP) to improve quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care. CMPRP is one of several initiatives CMS has underway to strengthen safety and health outcomes for nursing home residents. Apply for Grant American Healthcare Association's Shelter in Place: Planning Resource Guide for Nursing Homes Keep Residents, Staff and Family Members up to date with this blank Covid-19 Newsletter Template. Made simply for your convenience: Step 1: Click on Button below Step 2: Fill in sections with your info. Step 3: Hit print or email. Our MEPAP 1&2 Courses 2 Course Formats www.ActivityDirector.org - 1.888.238.0444 Structured Class (16 Weeks) - Begins the First Tuesday of each Month Self Paced Class (13 Weeks-1 Year) - Enroll and Begin Anytime Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2019 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2010 US HWY 190 W Ste 120 Livingston, Texas 77351
  12. I know you've had to cancel entertainers coming in, but we all know how important music and entertainment is for well being as well as a distraction. For that reason I have started a video series that will be available each week until we know what's going on with the virus. Each video series is me performing a concert for your residents online with fun backdrops and pictures. Each video is 45 minutes and you can watch them multiple times--there are no watch limits. New videos are added each Monday to keep variety in your entertainment. These videos series will be $50 each and available to you through a private link to YouTube that will be sent directly to you. I'm hoping this can help during this unusual time. We can share this with communities all over the United States, so let's share the joy! While the video series is Private and only for those that order, you can view a short video sample here https://youtu.be/0ukHDj520XY Jennifer Gilmore www.JenniferGilmoreSings.com YouTube.com/JenniferGilmoreSing 863-412-6697 --
  13. In Room programs and definitely on a higher demand now due to the outbreak. I really like your idea of the ice cream Sunday social. We have a similar program where we basically have an activities cart where we go room to room and ask what the residents want to do for their activity in the morning. We then come around later with a portable ice cream cooler where we give the residents ice cream.
  14. Hi Everyone, I hope you all are staying safe. I am offering Zoom Concerts by appointment. Feel free to reach out with interest. It's easy and fun for the residents! Here is some feedback from a recent Zoom call: "Hi Rob! It went great!! We enjoyed the variation in your song selections. Thank you."
  15. Hey Folks,
    Zoom Concerts are up and running! Had a great time last week performing to a #seniorliving community!
    From the Director:
    "It went great!! We enjoyed the variation in your song selections. Thank you."
    #zoommusic #seniorconcerts
  16. We did a rolling art project, hula hoop contest, dart game.
  17. We are having a lot on room activities, to go carts and one on one visits. However what I don't like is they are moving less so we are having more falls.
  18. Hi I am new here. With this pandemic. How are y'all doing with activities. We are trying to keep every one busy. I need advice on what else to do. Any advice on what activities everyone is doing during this confusing time?
  19. New Survey Guidelines for Nursing Facilities were issued April 19th Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff ...more info
  20. during the coronavirus and doing social distancing. i thought i would share an idea. get several remote control cars and tie balloons with helium on them and let staff or residents control them while the other residents shoot nerf guns at the balloons. it is called mario kart balloon.
  21. Visit Website The American Healthcare Association invites you to share a message of support for our seniors. Click on the link below for more details and to see other's videos. Be sure and share some of these videos and stories with your residents so they know how much they are loved. LOVE is strengthening and healing. #CareNotCOVID Our MEPAP 1&2 Courses 2 Course Formats www.ActivityDirector.org - 1.888.238.0444 Structured Class (16 Weeks) - Begins the First Tuesday of each Month Self Paced Class (13 Weeks-1 Year) - Enroll and Begin Anytime Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2019 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2010 US HWY 190 W Ste 120 Livingston, Texas 77351
  22. Here is another great Face Mask Pattern .. https://gizmodo.com/how-to-make-a-face-mask-from-a-t-shirt-or-coffee-filter-1842712376
  23. I don't know how many of you are looking at FaceBook at this time but there are so many clever AD's out there. I am loving the ways they are doing the "Carts". For example: Coffee & Donuts, Happy Hour, Easter Cart, Bread Cart (this one was very clever, she actually baked bread on halls & then put fresh bread in cups & passed out to residents in their room. The smell!). Another thing I thought was clever was asking family members to come by & bring the kids. They (the kids/family member) stay on outside of facility & resident on inside. They face each other & using painter tape make a tic-tac-toe pattern on the window. Each person has wipe & write marker (You can place a basket of these on outside of facility) they play a few games. However one of my tabulate favorite was this: A resident was sitting in the facility at a window with a cell phone & her family member brought her lawn chair & sat on the other-side of the window with her cell phone. They sat facing each other & had a conservation.
  24. As far as having a group activity this varies from facility to facility. Some are not allowing any activities outside of the residents room. I have heard from a few AD's where they are allowed to have a group activity as the area they are holding the activity in is a large room & they are able to keep residents the required 6 feet apart. But none are allowed to have more than 10 residents in any type group activity. The biggest thing on FB for a while was the hallway actives, however it seems that it is mostly a thing of the past too. The best thing at this time is to follow the procedure that your facility has set in place.
  25. I handed out 1 and 2 pound dumb bells and got with a physical therapist to get some upper body exercises and walked room to room and asked residents who would like them to help keep toned , a lot of them wanted them , more then i thought. i also went around and did beauty shop day curled hair did nails. one of my residents said it boosted her morals 75%. yes i sanitized everything in between uses. but their use to going to hair salon. I try to keep thing normal.
  26. Hello fellow Directors, As we all know how hard it is to think of different activities with the limitation of no group activities, so I thought we could share what we doing in our facility with one another. I have attached the weekly Calendar I am hanging up & going by to share. Corvid Calendar.docx
  27. I also did something like this for my residents. I filled a cart with snacks. popcorn, chips, cookies, rice crispies treat etc.and walked from room to room playing the ice cream man song on a speaker. i work at a assisted living and this is now during lock down. They loved it, so maybe i would really be the ice cream truck next time. love it. Thank you.
  28. Pennie, this is another great article. I have downloaded the summary attached on this forum. This COVID-19 has us all upside down. This is a great tool to evaluate.
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