Hi! I'm Lisa.
I'm from the Buffalo, NY area. I am currently finishing up the MEPAP 1 with Kathy Hughes...exam is Tuesday already!
I currently work in an assisted living facility. I work exclusively in the memory care unit as the Memory Care Program Coordinator. So, I basically plan and implement the activities on the unit. I am a one man show in there, but the residnet aides continue the scheduled activities when I am not there.
I plan on attaining my ad certification with a specialization in memory care. I actually would like to continue my certification afterwards to earn a dementia care trainer certification. Years ago, I owned my own business while my children were in school...it enabled me to be with them as they needed me and earn money at the same time. Well, the entreprenual spirit still exists in me and I would ultimately love to be a consultant specializing in memory care units/facilities. But, for now, I will keep working towards my AD and we will see where I go from there.
I previously worked at a long term care facility as an activities aid, but I had all the duites of a memory care program coordinator. It worked out perfect in that phase of the MEPAP as I was working on care plans and CAA's there, so the learning material made complete sence to me. I left that facility for an opportunity to work in one of the highest rated facilities in my area. Things run much slower at an assisted living facility which I do welcome, but I have to admit that I do miss care plans, care conferences ad even working on the CAA's!
Anyway, if your interests are in memory care, let's share ideas!