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  1. Hi Barbara, Exciting isn't it. I love working in Activities too! Hope to talk to you more, Happy New Year. Dawn
  2. Hi Connie, My answer would be its all about the approach. Think about this...You have talked, and know Mrs. J loves to have her nails painted. Its Tuesday morning and you know nail painting is going to go on after lunch. My thought would be, go visit Mrs.J in the morning. Excitement in your voice, say something like... "I was looking at a fashion magazine yesterday and I noticed all of the new spring nail polish have come out" "Do you prefer pastels or vibrant colors?"....... "I'm not sure if you had a chance to look at todays activities" We're going to be doing polish changes later today around 1:00" "It's going to be a lot of fun" "I'll stop back by and remind you later" Later, simply go to the room or area Mrs.J is at and say, "I was looking for you, lets time to go get our nails done!" I avoid the yes/no questions whenever possible. Ultimately it is up to Mrs.J, she can say she doesn't want to attend, but your making it way easier to avoid activities by asking yes or no questions. I usually just say "lets go" (with a smile & enthusiasm). Hope my thoughts here help
  3. Hi Stephanie, My name is Dawn Livesay. I am new to this site. Congratulations on nearing the end of your course. I understand your concern in pushing paperwork and not having enough hands on time with your residents. This is the reason I am returning to Activities. As an LVN, I'll come in a residents room to pass meds, and ask, "how are you today?" I barely get a chance to hear what they have to say before I need to move on to the next person in order to get all of my daily tasks done. I have decided to return to Activities, so that I can have "time with my residents". You will have more responsibilities, and it may seem overwhelming because it's a change from what you've been doing. Hopefully the Director you have been working under has given you guidance, and has increased you Activity Assistant responsibilities. If they haven't, maybe you can "volunteer" earlier in the day and spend some one on one time shadowing your director to get a better feel for the position. Go to stand-up, attend a CP meeting, help complete an annual assessment, MDS. Talk to them about triggered CP's and review some activity progress notes, etc.. to get a better feel. I bet your going to be a wonderful director. They can only lock you in the closet if you let them, lol. Best of luck to you in the future. Dawn
  4. I attended College and received 72 hours of Activity Coordinator Training and was awarded a certification of completion. I went for an interview on Monday, and Wed. During both of these interviews I was asked if I had completed the 24 hours of required training. After leaving the second interview, I wondered.... Does my certificate cover the "required by law/state agency/ 24 hours course" they are talking about? Is there some higher power (State Agency) that I was so post to forward my certificate to or take additional test, training hours, etc? Who is it that is the entity that is actually requiring anyone to hold a Activity Coordinator Training Certificate? Do I need CEU's? Are they required by anyone other than AC/AD professional organizations that are not required by law/licensing that I can join only if I wish? I was up until 2:30 in the morning searching for the answer on the internet (btw- this is how I found this website) this morning I spent several hours on the telephone going around in circles trying to find the answers. 916-552-8700 (licensing certifying board of California) nothing 916-322-2760 referred to another number800-807-6755 on hold and in the cue for over an hour, then when it was my turn... Disconnected 916-651-8848 no agent here either, and after pressing number after number I still did not get any info 211- referred to EDD.. EDD, go on line, nothing there regarding Activity Coordinators 714-567-2906 Public Health/Licensing for SNF--entity that completes state surveys, THEY REFERED ME TO GOOGLE "ACTIVITY COORDINATOR/DIRECTORS FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA" I am frustrated, and back to exactly were I started yesterday! Can you help? incase this thread gets lost, my personal email is iairbrushu@yahoo.com Thank you, Dawn Livesay, LVN, AC
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