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  1. Adaptive Strategies and Techniques Without a doubt, it is important to identify whether the residents have conditions and/or issues for which staff should implement adaptations to allow the resident to fully enjoy the experience. The following is a simplified reference guide examples of specific conditions and appropriate adaptations: Visual impairments: higher levels of lighting without glare; magnifying glasses, light-filtering lenses, telescopic glasses; use of “clock method” to describe where items are located; description of sizes, shapes, colors; large print items including playing cards, newsprint, books; audio books; Hearing impairments: small group activities; placement of resident near speaker/activity leader; use of amplifiers or headphones; decreased background noise; written instructions; use of gestures or sign language to enhance verbal communication; adapted TV (closed captioning, magnified screen, earphones); Physical limitations: the use of adaptive equipment, proper seating and positioning, placement of supplies and materials (based on clinical/nursing or physical therapy referral as appropriate) to enhance: Visual interaction and to compensate for loss of visual field (hemianopsia); Upper extremity function and range of motion (reach); Hand dexterity (e.g., adapted size of items such as larger handles for cooking and woodworking equipment, built-up paintbrush handles, large needles for crocheting); The ability to manipulate an item based upon the item’s weight, such as lighter weight for residents with muscle weakness; Use of only one hand: holders for kitchen items, magazines/books, playing cards; items (e.g., artwork, bingo card, nail file) taped to the table; c-clamp or suction vise to hold wood for sanding; Cognitive impairment: task segmentation and simplification; programs using retained long-term memory, rather than short-term memory; length of activities based on attention span; settings that recreate past experiences or increase/decrease stimulation; smaller groups without interruption; one-to-one activities; NOTE: The length, duration, and content of specific one-to-one activities are determined by the specific needs of the individual resident, such as several short interventions (rather than a few longer activities) if someone has extremely low tolerance or if there are behavioral issues. Examples of one-to-one activities may include any of the following: Sensory stimulation or cognitive therapy (e.g., touch/visual/auditory stimulation, reminiscence, or validation therapy) such as special stimulus rooms or equipment; alerting/upbeat music and using alerting aromas or providing fabrics or other materials of varying textures; Social engagement (e.g., directed conversation, initiating a resident to resident conversation, pleasure walk or coffee visit); Spiritual support, nurturing (e.g., daily devotion, Bible reading, or prayer with or for resident per religious requests/desires); Creative, task-oriented activities (e.g., music or pet activities/therapy, letter writing, word puzzles); Support of self-directed activity (e.g., delivering of library books, craft material to rooms, setting up talking book service). Language barrier: translation tools; translators; or publications and/or audio/video materials in the resident’s language; Terminally ill: life review; quality time with chosen relatives, friends, staff, and/or other residents; spiritual support; touch; massage; music; and/or reading to the resident; NOTE: Some residents may prefer to spend their time alone and introspectively. Their refusal of activities does not necessarily constitute noncompliance. Pain management: spiritual support, relaxation programs, music, massage, aromatherapy, pet therapy/pet visits, and/or touch; Solitary preferences/own room or is unable to leave room: in-room visits by staff/other residents/volunteers with similar interests/hobbies; touch and sensory activities such as massage or aromatherapy; access to art/craft materials, cards, games, reading materials; access to technology of interest (computer, DVD, hand held video games, preferred radio programs/stations, audio books); and/or visits from spiritual counselors; Altering sleep patterns: activities are available during awake time. Some facilities use a variety of options when activities staff are not available for a particular resident: nursing staff reads a newspaper with resident; dietary staff makes finger foods available; CNA works puzzle with the resident; maintenance staff take the resident on night rounds; and/or early morning delivery of coffee/juice to residents; Miscellaneous; Short-stay resident: “a la carte activities” are available, such as books, magazines, cards, word puzzles, newspapers, CDs, movies, and handheld games; interesting/contemporary group activities are offered, such as dominoes, bridge, Pinochle, poker, video games, movies, and travelogues; and/or individual activities designed to match the goals of therapy, such as jigsaw puzzles to enhance fine motor skills; Younger resident: individual and group music offerings that fit the resident’s taste and era; magazines, books and movies that fit the resident’s taste and era; computer and Internet access; and/or contemporary group activities, such as video games, and the opportunity to play musical instruments, card and board games, and sports Diverse ethnic or cultural backgrounds: special events that include meals, decorations, celebrations, or music; visits from spiritual leaders and other individuals of the same ethnic background; printed materials (newspapers, magazines) about the resident’s culture; and/or opportunities for the resident and family to share information about their culture with other residents, families, and staff. Have a topic request or question for Celeste? Send them over to celestechase@activitydirector.org The NAPT- National Activity Professionals Training Course is written and taught by Celeste Chase, AC-BC, ACC, CDP, DMDCP - NCCAP & NAAPCC Certified Educator. The Course Provides all the CE Requirements for Path 1&2 - NAAPCC Standards Do you have 1 year of experience in the past 3yr working with the elderly as an assistant, a director or other? Do you have a high school diploma or higher? Do you hate doing practicum lessons about tasks you have been doing for years? Do you have 8 weeks to take the National Activity Professional Training (NAPT) Class and pass the National Board Certification Exam? Do you have the MEPAP1 Course? It is accepted at the NAAPCC. Do you have money and time to throw away? If not, then the NAAPCC Activity Board Certification Path is for you! One Class, One exam, One National Board Certification. NAAPCC "The Affordable Choice" Contact NAAPCC.Office@gmail.com Phone: 303-317-5682 Let their counselors reassure you you're on the right Path to National Board Certification. "Your Experience Counts!" See if you qualify! Check NAAPCC Standards The certifications recognized under CMS F Tag 680 for Activity Professionals are the NAAPCC AP-BC & AC-BC, NCCAP ADC & ACC, CTRS, OTR, and COTA. NAAPCC Est. 2011, is the only Activity Credentialing Organization that follows the ICE, NCCA Standards for Accreditation. They are NON-Profit. NOTE: SCAPA and Georgia Society have put warnings to Administrators on their website, citing programs that may take advantage of Activity Professionals. They will only advocate for NAAPCC National Board Certification. Contact NAAPCC.Office@gmail.com Phone: 303-317-5682 Let their counselors reassure you you're on the right Path to National Board Certification "Your Experience Counts!" See if you qualify! Check NAAPCC Standards 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. 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 © 2020 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2010 US HWY 190 W Ste 120 Livingston, Texas 77351
  2. Greg Bledsoe a Activity Director who now Operates 2 Foster Care Facilities ,is Launching a New YouTube Channel designed for Seniors. SENIOR TELEVISION CHANNEL Great Activity Idea .. lock down can be fun! Please check it out and give me some feedback. SeniorTelevisionChannel.com
  3. Become Activity Professional Board Certified (AP-BC) with : NAAPCC offers the most comprehensive and direct path towards CMS Approved Activity Professional Board Certification there is. The National Association of Activity Professionals Credentialing Center (NAAPCC) was formed in January of 2011, they are the most trusted independent body exclusively for the purpose of credentialing Activity Professionals that meet the standards and requirements set forth by the Center. They are the only credentialing body for Activity Professionals that follow the standards set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). All Activity Professionals will need to successfully pass the competency exam to be issued a National Board Certification. This certification meets The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) State Surveyors for Regulation F680 listed in the surveyor guidelines for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Adult DayCare, Assisted Living, Long Term Care, and Dementia Care. Certification Levels Career Growth Ever dreamed of one day becoming an Activity Consultant? Perhaps you would like to become an Activity Educator. The NAAPCC Certification Paths make career growth obtainable for all. Grow as your Experience Grows! (AP-BC) Activity Director - Board Certified (AAP-BC) Advanced Activity Director - Board Certified (AC-BC) Activity Consultant/Educator - Board Certified Certification Simplified NAAPCC Board Certification utilizes your work experience and streamlines your required coursework into one all inclusive course so that you can reach your career goals sooner! Note: Degree Holders If you have a Bachelor's Degree or Higher you don't even need to take the an additional course (refer to Path 1 under AP-BC)! Your experience hours and level of education supersede that requirement. The National Activity Professional Training Course (NAPT) Our NAAPCC Approved Training Course begins the 1st Tuesday of every month. It is completely online to accommodate the ever-changing world we live in and your busy lifestyle. This is the most up to date course curriculum that is designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to run the best activity department you can. The course is laid out in an easy to follow format, allowing you to work on it when it is convenient for you throughout your week. Exciting Live Webinars and interactive chats connect you with the some of the top experts in your field and allow for peer networking. Activity Professional Certification Made Simple. 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 © 2020 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2010 US HWY 190 W Ste 120 Livingston, Texas 77351
  4. Hi.. we have a new CEU Author on Activitydirector.org/classroom, Gloria Hoffner, and she has written a course called "Science for Seniors" .. amazing stuff . If youre looking for a different type of Activity... this is the best Ive seen. Gloria has been doing Science projects for the elderly for years, she has books and how-to's and Now .. a NCCAP preApproved CE Course.. Check it out ... Please report back and share... thanks Pennie
  5. 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
  6. 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 --
  7. New Survey Guidelines for Nursing Facilities were issued April 19th Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff ...more info
  8. 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
  9. From what I read lately, it seems if we would all wear a mask, day in and day out we wouldn't catch the virus or spread it. just saying.. china stopped it completely in 60 days and now every citizen wears a mask, mandatory. They are all back to work and are not accepting people into their country without a quarantine.
  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.
  11. Here is a great Do It Yourself project. https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Cloth-Face-Mask/
  12. Here is a great resource put together by the NCCAP Click HERE for "Covid-19-activity-director-resources"
  13. Weve heard from several asking the exact same question. Most are working from a hall way, resident in doorways, masks, hallway bingo, beachball on a string. Some are having a hard time being heard thru a mask. Let us know what you are hearing and share it with us thanks Pennie
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    This form is designed to record your One on One Activity Programs from start to finish on paper, so that anyone assisting with an Activity would be able to conduct the event. This form includes the Opening and Closing dialogue to start and finish the activity. Setup, Supplies needed, Goals, Special considerations. Keep a logbook with all of your most frequently used Sensory / 1:1 activities in a folder incase your assistants or your volunteers need to conduct an Activity in your absense.

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  15. 1 : 1 Activity Planning Form - DIY for Assistants or Volunteers View File This form is designed to record your One on One Activity Programs from start to finish on paper, so that anyone assisting with an Activity would be able to conduct the event. This form includes the Opening and Closing dialogue to start and finish the activity. Setup, Supplies needed, Goals, Special considerations. Keep a logbook with all of your most frequently used Sensory / 1:1 activities in a folder incase your assistants or your volunteers need to conduct an Activity in your absense. Submitter actnet Submitted 03/02/2020 Category Newsletters, Calendars, Forms, Puzzles, PrintOuts, FunFacts  
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