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  1. Just took my MEPAP1 final exam and passed with a 94%! I should have read two of the questions better, I knew the answer, but read the questions wrong. Oh well, I still passed!!
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  2. Hey All, I have an easy participation log and room visit log, if anyone is interested feel free to e mail me at msarasa@thevillagehemt.com and I would not mind e mailing you a copy. Both allow you to have 3 months on one page. and I created it myself -Miguel
    3 points
  3. Hello, my name is Tiffany and I am from the MEPAP1-OWNPACE course. A great activity I've found works with my memory care residents stems from my lessons in creative writing. I had a teacher that asked us to imagine how different writing forms are when writing in the voice of a child, teenager or adult. To do this, we had to take a trip down memory lane and write or draw a outline of our neighborhood, the place we grew up and where we remembered most of our lives were spent. We had to think about how our house looked, smell, who were our neighbors, how the different seasons were, etc. I remembered this being an fun activity and decided to adapt it with my residents. I had them think back to when they were little and asked them to describe out loud what their neighborhood looked like and who was around. I t brought back so many fun memories for them and one gentleman even remarked upon seeing his brother being born in the house compared to hospitals today. There were stories of when they first met their husbands/wives and special traditions. It was a fun activity! Next time, I may get the more creative ones to try to draw out some buildings and label them.
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  4. Here is an industrious undertaking.. UnityPoint Healthcare has provide a website with details for making a new modular mask, The Olson, named after 1930's legendary maker nurse Lyla Mae Olson. The Mask was quickly developed by clinicians from UnityPoint Health and is being shared across the globe in the fight against COVID19 St Lukes Hospitals are in short supply of masks. UnityPoint Health has provided downloadable patterns, YouTube Videos, and complete instructions on how to Sew, Package and Send completed Masks to the St. Lukes Hospitals. ---------------- https://www.unitypoint.org/cedarrapids/sewing-surgical-masks.aspx -------------- Completed Masks Enclose completed masks in a closed plastic bag or closed plastic box. We will launder them prior to use so no need to wash before delivering. Please deliver to the St. Luke's Foundation, 855 A Ave. NE, 1st floor, Cedar Rapids. Phone (319) 369-7716.
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  5. Hey All.. here is a unique way to get a scheduled Sing-A-Long activity on the calendar. Rob Crozier from Michigan, is a Sing-a-long entertainer in Senior care. He has put a demo of his program up on youtube. Schedule a Hallway Sing-A-Long for each afternoon at 3: I love it, Let me know what you think and contact Rob for more info on his program. We need a few days of song.. He seems like a hard working creative guy, Activity Director material... thanks Pennie ROB CROZIER ( ROBCROZIER123@GMAIL.COM ) Website - Youtube Channel Hello, I am an Ann Arbor, MI music professional with a specialty in sing a longs and senior entertainment. As you may know, musician gigs are all cancelled in Michigan. I was wondering if it would be possible to share the work that I'm doing with your community? I'm offering a full sing a long program for one month with unlimited use for $100 per facility. The video is ready as a Youtube link that can easily be played back like this demo: https://youtu.be/ZC4TiSqzxYg As you may know all "Outside Entertainers" have been cancelled and as Senior Home Musicians we are trying to get creative. I’m worked out a new platform of "Online Entertainers" a Sing-A-Long YouTube Presentation video for a month’s use, perfect for scheduled activities several times throughout the month , great way to economize). You get to use it for a full month for $100. Are you interested in my Sing a Long youtube link? Let me know if you can put this to use. These videos take about 8 hours to record, edit, mix and upload. Just so you know that I’ve put some thought and hard work into this product. Feel free to send any feedback, or if you are running into hardship, you can pay whatever is affordable. Here is a demo: https://youtu.be/ZC4TiSqzxYg All the best, Rob Website - Youtube Channel
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  6. Hi my name is Amy. I'm about to complete my qualification for activities director.I currently work as a concierge part time at an assisted living community. I live in the Austin Texas area.Hello everyone!!
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  7. The best technique for me to get our residents to come to activities is to be very enthusiastic about the activity myself. I try to get them involved before the activity even begins. I try to spend alot of time getting to know each of them as well and this seems to help. Joelle
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  8. Hi. Here is a following list that might sound like fun for your male residents. 1. Poker Club, or any card games 2. Dominoes 3. Checkers 4. Sports Trivia 5. Western Movie Night 6. Bowling 7. Horseracing 8. Kickball 9. Balloon Volleyball Competition 10. Bean Bag Toss 11. Gardening 12. Puzzles, word searches, Crosswords 13. Get car magazines and reminisce about res. first car, fixing cars, etc. 14. Basketball 15. Football game and pizza (check with dietary orders) 16. Building model cars, airplanes 17. Coffee, donoughts, and current events from newspaper 18. Painting/drawing, work with clay 19. Do a "fishing" game where you have a fishing pole ( a clothing pin connected to a large stick will do) and get prizes such as stuffed animals and let them fish for those prizes. Put prizes behind something so res. cannot see what their fishing for until they pull out the prize. 20. Go for a nature stroll outside. Hope some of these activity ideas work for your men, I know our male residents at our long term care facility love these ideas. Good luck.
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  9. I think your Men's Breakfast club is really unique! I love it! I am a Memory Care Specialist and I love the idea of coming up with activities for the guys its quite a challenge sometimes. I would love to create a Memory Care Guys club for the men in my Memory Care. I think its a challenge that hasn't quit have been meet yet. I think things like this and little jobs or tasks they had would be great for them. I haven't tried it yet but i would like to create busy boards with a wrench and nuts and bolts, and a game where they can hammer the "nails" using a rubber mallet and golf tees.
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  10. Fabric Glue.. is amazing.. back in the day, the craft shows were dominated by redesigned sweatshirts, flipped-over blue jean vest and flip-flops with every imaginable trinket glued to it. Fabric Glue would take the beating of washing and wearing.. Aleenes Fabric Glue , I used Gorilla Glue on several things and I think it would work good also.
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  11. Thanks for the link! We do not have the ability to stream on the TV or have a channel, nor do we have any smart devices, tablets to do activities! I am worried the state will ask about what we are doing regarding technology.... we are of course calling family members with their own phone but not skype, etc.
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  12. Movie News .. New Release Movies will change to "Video On Demand Programming" to help with Social Distancing. Universal - The Hunt, Ema and The Invisible Man Goto "On Demand" on Friday. Check your cable or satellite for days and prices. Trolls World Tour , still pending for working moms with kids home... https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEB1HnokAxrRfqYh8Sct994IqFggEKg0IACoGCAowoPUEMKAjMP6Y1gU?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen
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  13. what do you guys have planned for the upcoming March holidays on into Easter?
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  14. At our community we are planning a Valentine's Day dinner for couples, family members and or friends. Earlier in the day we are having a a sing along with a music group that will consist of different love songs. 1ST thing in the morning all women will receive a carnation and the men will receive chocolates from the activities department.
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  15. Hi. Along time ago when I started in Activities, 80's Writing a Care Plan was difficult, I read and I watched and I learned.. but it took a while, had a wonderful mentor , Pam Sanders, very good memories. We have had several people ask about CarePlanning so I thought I would share. Here is something I wrote to help others struggling with the process, Its in my simple language, and I hope it helps any of you starting out. Its written in a basic way, to help you understand the concept. When you write your careplans you should write them in a Person Centered form, address everyone by their name, define the activity you are using to help with the concern, define the activities on your 1 on 1 cart, relay the residents feelings, their reactions, their participation, in essence tell a little story about each of your residents and how you care for them as individuals. Everybody loves to be cared for. to Write a Careplan We gather information on a resident by doing an assessment / resident interview. Using the information from the assessment allows us to design a comprehensive plan of care. The ICP (Interdisciplinary Care Plan) Team would then meet to form a Care Plan for a resident. The Care Plan must address 3 areas of concern in order to be a complete plan The concern: What and Why The goal: When and How Often The approach: How and by Whom Create your Care Plan First - define the problems / needs / concerns for your resident. What is the concern and Why is it a concern. Resident (Ms Jones) does not attend activities due to Hard of Hearing (remember Person Centered) Resident refuses to follow diabetic diet orders Resident unable to feed self due to Alzheimers Question? Is the concern d/t (due to) a secondary cause, an underlying reason or is it a concern of the staff, but not for the resident? i.e. Resident will not participate when attending an activity. � This is not a problem with the resident, maybe he/she is a people watcher.. he/she just likes watching.. But the staff has a concern that he/she does not join in� still it is not a concern with the resident. i.e. Resident prefers to eat breakfast at 10am. This is not a concern for the resident, it is a concern for dietary, unless they wont serve he/she a later breakfast, then it�s a problem, it is the residents right to have breakfast when he/she wants, and dietary should comply. Second- define realistic goals. Define the schedule and time limit for the goal(s) to be met. How Often will you and your resident work to acheive the goals and When will the goal be accomplished A goal should simply address your concern, it should not be unobtainable, just a resolution to the concern. It is helpful to ask, What is the problem? The answer will lead to a realistic goal. The goal should be a phrase or statement in which the residents progress can be evaluated and their concern resolved. i.e.Concern: Resident is depressed bad Goal: Resident will be less depressed. (progress cannot be measured) good Goal: Resident will choose 2-3 activities to attend each week. Third- define your Approaches to obtain your goal(s) How - Create procedures / strategies to acheive the goal(s). By Whom will the procedures be conducted The Approach is your plan or strategy to meet your goal(s) and resolve the concern. The approaches should be the steps to be taken, specific services to be offered and who is responsible for implementing the approach. Some approaches may have only one department assigned and others may have all departments assigned. i.e. Concern: Resident is a diabetic and non-compliant with her diet d/t (due to) refusal to accept DX (diagnosis) of being a diabetic. Goal: Resident will be compliant with diet and aware of the risks of refusal x 90d (times 90 days) Approaches: Offer resident alternate choices in food - A,D,N (Activities, Dietary, Nursing) Remind resident of risk when refusing to comply with diet orders - A,D,N,S (Activities, Dietary, Nursing, Social Worker) If resident refuses to comply with diet, inform nursing or social worker - A,D,N,S Praise resident when he/she follows diet restrictions - A,N,D,S Ask family to stop bringing candy and other foods that are non-compliant with residents diet - A,D,N,S Have dietary speak with resident and family members about the disease and offer alternate foods choices - D A-Activities, N-Nursing, D-Dietary, S-Social Worker Approaches should not be specific tasks, make your tasks universal and non-specific to allow variety in your proceedures. Note the specifics in your progress notes. and dont careplan yourself into a corner, if you say Ms Jones will attend or participate in an activity 2 times a week, than you had better keep good participation notes showing that 2 times a week is what Ms Jones did ., sometimes its better to be less detailed in your plan, and more specific in your progress notes. Have a Happy Forth... Pennie thanks for being a part of Our Network
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  16. Hello Everyone, What types of programs or software are you guys using to create your calendars? Right now I am using Activity Connection for templates. Does anyone have other sites they use, or do you outsource?
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  17. Even though I'm just beginning ME2 and not doing any careplanning as of yet, your article helped me understand the reasoning behind it and how the activity staff is important to the end goal. Thanks, Lisa
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  18. Hi Terry , my name is Jo, I too am looking for a chat buddy
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  19. Oh boy it took me so many days to figure this out,the emails were going into my spam folder! I finally made it. I am here to finish my final practium ! I'm excited to finish up strong so I hope someone is available to chat!!! Robin
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  20. Hi everyone! deeices1320...what are time of my life books? I'm guessing they are about residents and their life accomplishments? Just wondering if every resident has the same format, like fill in the blank thing or if they are more individualized. We have made life story books before and individual posters for each resident, it is just very time consuming...just looking for other ideas. Thanks
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  21. Hello am also looking to finish this task we are doing a family bingo with prizes, ice cream social for resident, staff and family and time of my life books thank you hope it helps Mepap1 own pace
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  22. I'm Cassandra and I reside in Dallas Texas.
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  23. Mabuhay!! (Welcome!) I am Dominique Wieland, from Camp Hill, PA- works in Carlisle and Mechanicsburgs. I am from the beautiful 7,102 island of the Philippines. I had been a Postmaster for 12 years before I migrated here so far it is my 9 years here now and my accent had a lil bit improved I had been a CNA for many years already and it was luckily I was trained doing activity as part of my Float position in Messiah Lifeways since then I realized that is what I love to be doing. I can be all at one in one job! ( a teacher, an artist, comedian, bit singer bit dancer, etc etc ) - since then my life were never boring! I am happier when I come home and my back wasnt aching as when I do CNA job. I am about to finish MEPAP1. I would like to thank my AD in Thornwald Home who encourages me to do this schooling coz I love it so much and looking forward to do the MEPAP2 sometime this year. It was challenging having 2 jobs, family and doing the MEPAP but I have no regret at all. It made me a better person and it improved my skill in using microsoft and the subject matter here are all relevant to what we are doing. I am so blessed to be in the class meeting new people all around USA and speaking the same language " Activities Professional Language".. Chat rooms are informative and although it is a fast interaction- very useful in planning future activities.. so always have your pen and paper ready. I am hoping to continue my education here to keep me updated, enjoy friendship with my fellow classmates and it makes my drive always energized in doing my AA job. Hoping to be an AD someday..........may take awhile but while waiting for that day.. I will keep enhancing myself with job experience and continue educating myself online. For those who are new- sit back and relax it could be a bumpy ride but if you give time for this-- you will be in the finish line. Just now every topic and assignments are worth it! If there is anything I can do for you to help! please give me a buzz through my email--- dsowieland@yahoo.com. God bless everyone! Maraming Salamat! (Thank you very much) Dominique
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  24. Hi, I'm Ellen and I'm in the MEPAP1 course. There's only one week left but it seems like we just started. I can't wait to use everything I've learned although I have written a few programs to specific needs already. It felt great! It will be nice to get back to a regular sleep schedule. These past few weeks have been exhausting. I think of all the new ideas I have for work and I know it's all worth it.
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  25. Looking for someone to chat with so I can complete my MEPAP1 requirements
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  26. Hi everyone. What are some upcoming activities you have planned?
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  27. First time on. Need to find a partner to chat for finals. Any takers?
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  28. There are two activities I’d like to share, bowling and baking cookies. Besides bingo these two activities have been the most popular in my facility for the past month. When we bowl, I really try to create the setting and environment they had when they were younger or even as adults. Try and make it as light-hearted as possible, but give them credit for their score. I use the activity iPod and play music like Elvis Presley or The Four Tops. As I reset the pins or line the next person up for their bowl I dance, it lightens the mood and the residents love it (not that I’m any good). Try and find bowling pins as close to the size that they are at bowling alleys, it really makes a difference because otherwise it can feel like a kiddy game. We use a two-pound bowling ball that is the size of a regular bowling ball; it even has the slots for fingers. The residents sit in a horse shoe shape with there being open space behind the pins. Each resident gets two bowls a turn and depending on strength and ability they sit closer or further from the pins. I ask them where they are comfortable to bowl from and they are happy to tell me. This can gather quite the crowd and while not everyone wants to play, I love of residents love to just watch and cheer on their neighbors. This can be quite a social activity in addition to helping them with strength. One doesn’t have to go for bowling, but they can go to listen to music, socialize, or just sit quietly while being entertained. Baking cookies has always been a crowd favorite, even for staff members. It fills the facility with a delicious cookie smell for the entire day. I gather residents to the dining room or conference room, depending on the group size. We use an Otis Spunkmeyer mini oven to bake the cookies, which is great because I can carry it to any room and plug it into a normal outlet. Our Dietary Manager supplies the cookie dough which is already made and frozen. The oven comes with three cookie sheets already and I get parchment paper from the kitchen. While we aren’t making the cookie dough we are decorating it. I buy all kinds of things to stick into the defrosted cookie dough, like M&M’s, Reese’s pieces, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. To start I give them all gloves, some need help putting them on some don’t, help the ones that need it. I put a bowl of all the toppings between every two people so that they can share and I’m not wasting too many bowls. For the first round I give each resident six cookies to decorate. Some like to make smiley faces or put their initials on them, others like to see how far in they can push the candy. The mini oven can cook thirty-six cookies at a time and we usually end up making around ninety because everyone wants to make as much as possible. Afterwards, I get them their beverages of choice (milk, water, cranberry juice, or ice tea) and everyone gets to eat one cookie. With the left over cookies I go around the facility and pass them out to residents and staff. This again is another social activity, but it’s a trip down memory lane. The smells from the cookie baking sparks so many memories for residents that it starts a conversation on its own.
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  29. Hello All! My name is Camisha Steele. I have been in LTC for 15 yrs. I have done CNA, CMA, Staffing, Admissions, and now AD. I am excited to be in my last week of this class and I pray that I pass and receive my Certificate. It has been a pleasure learning with you all in MEPAP1. Some I have had the pleasure of chatting with 1:1. I plan on taking MEPAP2 next! Good luck to you all on your Journey! God Bless!
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  30. hello my name is Angela Watts, I am an activities coordinator at Golden Grace Day Activities and health services. I have been in the medical field for over 20 years and decided I wanted to help my elders since i had to start taking care of my father who was diagnosed with Parkinson's and Dementia as well as being my grandfathers caregiver who was diagnosed with dementia. I have found that this is my calling in life and wanted to pursue a career sharing my life with other elders and taking care of them. I am a cancer survivor, married and have a beautiful daughter who as well goes to work with me to be with the elders who absolutely love her as if they were all her grand parents. I enjoy doing all kinds of activities with my members and being their to help their families in their times of need when they need support during the hard times. After I get my certification i plan to further my studies in social working and talking certified classes through ALZ association, I hope as these courses move forth that i may have more of a networking base to keep intouch with fellow students and those who are a part of this network. i would love to hear from all of you and get to know you more!
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  31. hello everyone, i am from linden Michigan. (cold right now with 17 inches of snow) we have a 60 bed nursing home. i have been an activity aid for over 5 years and now taking the roll of the director. currently in MEPAP 1. They keep me very busy! Being the director makes me really miss all the time I got to spend with the residents before. I have found I don't get as much time to be with them. My family keeps me busy too, with 4 girls under the age of 20. I also like to do horseback riding in my free time. we do a lot of camping in the summers. Happy to meet everyone here and love all the ideas and that I'm not the only one with any certain problems or concerns.
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  32. I like to start a program to get into feelings, through words and practical experiences and hope to have someone to listen and share different views of opions to work out a common agreement by poetry in fun.
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  33. there are several I do on the weekend. since I do not work on sat or sun. you can use theses. do a scavenger hunt, walk your facility finding item's that are located thru out and where they are located at then make a list of the items and copy the list for each resident that wants to participate and have them locate the items write it down and turn it in the next day to you. who ever finds the most wins. movie night set it up for a nurse to push play after dinner.
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  34. teresat18 -- Thank you so much. I wish every facility had CNA's like you to work with. CNA's and Activities can make one great team when they work together and the benefits our residents get are Amazing!
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  35. Salita Dean is one of our students and she gave us this very insightful info. I think it might help some of the AD's who struggle with getting some residents to attend activites. To encourage or motivate residents in activities participation it is important that you identify any barriers. Try to engage a family member to attend a couple of sessions. Try to bargain with the resident; invite him/her to 'watch' the program and later encourage them to give it a go for 10 minutes. Pair up the resident with another who attends activities regularly and invite both to attend the next session. Don't give up. Negotiate without coersion. Deep down everybody seems to enjoy cooperation and your gentle persistence will be rewarded.
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  36. Some questions you can ask is how they got started in advocating for residents- how they define Quality Of Life-and how they have seen residents rights improve during their career... hope that helps
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  37. I don't know of any dvd's available, but here are some songs to consider. We will all need to be updating our sing-a-long materials soon! -King of the Road -Downtown -Green Green Grass of Home -Blowin' in the Wind -Turn, Turn, Turn -Country Roads
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  38. Hi ladies. Welcome to th wonderful world of activities. As far as Easter Egg Hunt get as many volunteers as you can to help. I had a hugh volunteer program when I ran activities & it made my job much easier but most improtantly the residents enjoy having other people to interact with.
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  39. After 32 years of working 50-60 hrs. a week, I retired from elementary and middle school teaching. I couldn't afford, as a single person, the luxury of not working. I go to a church that owns an 1)independent apt. 2) assisted living 3) skilled nursing facility right next door. While trying to figure out when my next position would be I volunteered there and absolutely loved what I saw and what I did. I went online and found my present position, Activities Assistant. My team is comprised of 3 of us who each leads a 'circle' of dementia/Alz residents we divide into 3 groups based on functioning. I teach the lowest functioning group and I love love love it. I am fascinated with learning an entire new vocabulary and strategies in this field. I feel I am growing as a human being, and am certainly learning how to deal with dying as our residents leave us. Hope to visit here often to share and find fun and meaningful activities for 'my folks'.
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  40. Hello everyone. My name is Sharon and I am from Texas. I began working in a nursing home as an activity assistant. I am currently the activity director. I am taking the MEPAP courses for certification. Busy, busy, busy.
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  41. Activityconnection.com is a great resource for bulletin board material. It is a subscription based site (around $12/month). But well worth it! You can find a bunch of ideas for your bulletin boards under the "Planning and Publication" sections for each month. Pinterest has some great creative ideas http://pinterest.com/suehills/bulletin-board-ideas/ Resourceful ideas: http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/classmanagement/bb/borders.htm Hope this helps! Stephanie
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  42. Hi...I am a brand new member but I am not an activity director although I would have been good at it because I just plain like "older" people. Here's my situation... I am a senior cititzen entertaining seniors here in Portland, Oregon. I am on a terrific website just for Activity Directors called "Elderaudience". I am listed under comedy, storytelling and variety show with my picture. We have hundreds of retirement and assisted living facilities here in Portland. How do I get started contacting AD's to do my show. At the present time my show is free but I do ask for donations, a ham and cheese sandwich and ice tea. My show runs around 40 minutes. It is audience dictated. I have a table of props...enough for 20 people. I ask for ten people to come up and pick any prop they are interested in. When everyone is done I tell a story, do a skit or a game with the audience with that particular prop. If the AD can pay $10.00, I will use that money to go to the Dollar Store and pick out ten (or twenty for $20.00) brand new little gifts for winners of games/door prizes. So ADs how to I get my show out there? Should I send an unsolicited email, a regular letter or a call? Thanks for any help,
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  43. My money issues have apparently gotten to the point where if I want to spend ANY money going forward, I have to raise my own money. While I find this completely ridiculous (do CNAs have to raise money for wipes, gloves, etc to do their job? Why do I have to raise money to do MY job?), I have taken the mindset of, well, if they want me to raise money, I'll show them. I'd hate for it to become the norm, however. I have no start up capital. I also don't necessarily want residents to know that I have to raise money for their activities. I have churches who like to come and play Bingo and will put up 10 dollars each time to do that, but that's not enough for day to day expenses. I cannot personally afford to put up any money at this time. Besides going out and asking for a handout for something my facility SHOULD be paying for, what else can I do to raise money and still run my department day to day?
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  44. This is a presentation from Kathy Hughes, ADC the MEPAP Instructor for Activity Directors Network activitydirector.org This will give you an idea of how the MDS 30 interacts with your program.. A few more regs to watch .. a learning curve let me know what you think.. http://www.activitydirectorsnetwork.com/images/QISMovie/QISMovie_controller.swf
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  45. I thoght that some of you might find this interesting: Ten state statutes mandate weekend and/or evening activities programming. Arkansas requires weekend activities. Oregon regulations stipulate the need for activities programming six days per week. Where as Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington require activities on both the evenings and weekends. Your facility may have it in their policy & procedure manual that you hold evening & weekend activities, so be sure to check that out.
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  46. For one of my 1:1's I usually go and paint her nails and she loves it. Everyone else says this lady is so mean and grumpy, but she is the sweetest little lady. She is always in a lot of pain and by painting her nails, it brightens her day and magicially the pain goes away from the short time I visit. I guess it's how you approach the residents, but this lady loves me because I take time out of my day to visit. She always can't wait for me to come back again. I have also let her try different cents of lotions and she liked that too.
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  47. We have a Wii. The residents get so frustrated when they can't play a game right. They love to box. They cheer eachother on and really go at it.lol. I found a racing game and bought the steering wheel adapter, it wasn't bad. Also I rented a Carnival game once and it had several different games on it that the residents seemed to enjoy. Many of them just enjoy watching, because they aren't sure what to do. Either way, I guess all that matters is that they have fun.
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  48. it's harder with men. I don't really have the budget or help to do anything big like a cookout....I'm still thinking. ideas: racing car, horse racing, sports event movie, Western movie in background or as part of the activities; serve beer/no-alcohol beer as 'shandy' ( beer and lemonade ) maybe borrow some chunky half pint glass mugs; father's day 'toast' speeches or speech competition; 'shoeshine' box or table, where the guys get their shoes polished; serve hot dogs, devilled eggs, 'pigs in blankets', potato chips, crackers with pimiento cheese etc- 'lazy party food'!; put a sheet cake in a shirt box & decorate as a shirt with tie, collar etc; craft table so the visitors ( or staff ) can make cards, rosette badges, small craft etc for the dads or with the dads; cut some ( donated ) neck ties in half for a match 'em up game; kite-making; some kind of toss/throw game...men always seem to love that! ~Tracy Things you'll never hear a father say: 10. I'm lost- let's stop and ask for directions. 9. Of course you can go out on dates on your own now you're thirteen sweetie! 8. I noticed that all your friends have a certain "go to hell" attitude ... I like that. 7. Here's a credit card and the keys to my new car - help yourself. 6. What do you mean you wanna play football? Figure skating not good enough for you, son? 5. Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend ... you might want to throw a party. 4. I don't know what's wrong with your car. Just have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks. 3. No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring! 2. Why go and get a job? I make plenty of money for you to spend. 1. Father's Day? Don't make a fuss- it's no big deal.
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  49. Hi!! I have a large calendar template you can use. I made it on publisher. It prints on six 11x17, you then trim the overlap and glue stick it together. Give me your e-mail address.
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  50. :hammer: At my assisted living home, the men are out numbered 6 to 1. I have scheduled men's breakfast for them once a month. Find a male volunteer that would enjoy a men’s discussion group. Home depot has very inexpensive craft projects it uses for the kids workshop. They are very nice and the male residents really enjoy the hands on. I am always looking for other ideas as well please keep them coming.
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