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  1. I wear comfortable, business casual most of the time. But for special occasions, I bring out the glitz and the flash! I can pretty much wear anything that the guests would not find objectionable. That's my rule---not the company. I have seen women come to work with their cleavage (and more) hanging out and I just think it's disrespectuful. Low cut belongs in a bar, not at work. If I wear a skirt, it's to the ankles or just above the ankles. No high heels-------it's so hard on the feet running up and down the halls in heels! LOL I observed today that some of the Special Care Unit guests ha
  2. Hi! I was wondering what, if any, employee recognition programs are in place at your facility? Is there a daily thank you or we appreciate you kinda thing? Weekly? Monthly? Or just on special dates? Are you responsible for the program? Sept 11-17 is National Housekeeping Week in addition to National Assisted Living Week. We have awesome housekeepers! I want to do something special for them. Our facility is the cleanest facility I have ever been in. I don't know how those women do it!
  3. I think most of us are in the same boat. I have 60 residents, no assistants. The State requires 14 hours of programming per week per resident, one scheduled outing per month, one special social event per month, and all activities must have therapeutic aspects. The CNA's are not interested in assisting with activities. And I understand that. I spend nearly every free minute I have researching, shopping, crafting---and yes, I bring paperwork home to get it done. I do my calendars and newsletters at home, and sometimes my charting. During the last guest council meeting, they requested quilting.
  4. I did a watermelon art demonstaration-------I carved the watermelon into a basket and filled it with fruit: watermelon chunks, cantaloupe balls, white, green and red grapes, strawberries, and kiwi. I used decorative picks and let them help themselves. When the group was finished, I made another one and wheeled it up and down the hallway for the ones that couldn't attend. I had printed Watermelon Fact Sheets and we discussed those while I carved the melon.
  5. Here's another in-room idea I did a few weeks ago. I did a watermelon carving presentation for the residents that wanted to attend. I used a cart, covered it with a red platic table cloth, filled it with ice, placed the carved watermelon basket on the ice, filled the basket with ready to eat fruit (strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cantaloupe, and watermelon), put cups, napkins and serving utensils on the bottom shelf. When the group was finished, I reloaded the basket with more fruit, and took the cart up and down the hall to each resident that did not attend the function. They really enjoye
  6. Hi, Janice! Your post kinda took me off guard there-----what do you consider "busy work"? Do you have a lot of down time? I only know of one way to get certified and that's to take the classes required. I am State Certified and working on National Certification. I haven't had any "busy work"---it's all been work! Good luck to you, and welcome to the board.
  7. Hi, Tyson! Welcome to the board----I'm relatively new here myself. I'm very green to the world of Activities so finding this board (and a few others) has helped me every day since I found it. I look forward to reading your additions to the topic!
  8. Hello! I feel your frustration, and I know how it feels! When I was first hired, it was nothing but resentment all the way from the secretaries to the kitchen staff to the aides and even the housekeepers. But I am more stubborn than they are rude. I did as many others have done--------I kissed butt and was so sweet, butter wouldn't melt in my mouth! And, slowly but surely, they are coming around. I live and work in an area of the country that is somewhat backward in their thinking. They are a resentful, clannish group. Most of them were born and raised here, and have never been anywhere else.
  9. http://www.allen-cognitive-levels.com/backgrou.htm That's the web address for the official Allen Cognitive Levels. I am new to the world of activities as well, and I did not know about ACLS until your post. Then I did a search and viola! Hope this helps!
  10. :-) Hello! I started the Activity Director course in December, was hired by a facility at the end of January, started work on February 7, finished the class in May. And I gotta tell ya-----I am overwhelmed. Don't get me wrong---I love my job and I am having a blast nearly every day! But, geeze, the paperwork alone could cause gastric responses! LOL There are mountains of tasks: planning, implementing, charting, purchasing, decorating, knowing who is diabetic and who is not, knowing ALL about the resident and their families, cleaning, cooking, gardening, networking, monthly calendars, fund rais
  11. Hi, Lawrence! I lead 2 exercise groups a day----one for the Traditional Living guests and one for the Special Care Unit (Alzheimer's Quarters). When I first started the program, attendance was minimal. Here's what I did: I stopped calling it exercise----now we "Sit and Be Fit". I also had the guests make their own exercise equipment: plastic eggs with a few beans and taped securely----do an arm circles routine or play some kind of "Shake" music with the guests keeping the beat with the bean filled eggs; tambourines: red plastic plates with holes punched around the perimeter of the plate, and t
  12. Pennie, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing! Thank you! I was not expecting that and the cats certainly weren't expecting my reaction! LOL :-D
  13. Hello! You can purchase a bubble machine at one of the discount chain stores for about $15.00. CD's with the sounds of nature are about $10. A bread machine is also a good investment. A fish tank is relatively inexpensive and is also good for dementia/Alzheimer's patients. A lava lamp. Scarves. A box of beads or buttons for finger sifting. I love the idea of the rooms, now, if only I had A room to set it up!
  14. Hello! I'm relatively new to the world of Activity Coordinator. I've given the subject of "dining room entertainment" some thought, and one of the things that I do is sing silly songs. Nothing new there! LOL How about a color game? Before the guests (our folks are referred to as guests, not residents) come to the dining room, hide an object on or around several of the tables and play "I Spy"; or maybe use cut outs from magazines, display them on the tables and ask guests to tell you what they have in front of them, or something along those lines. Sorry I couldn't be more help but I'm sure ther
  15. Hello, Ellen, and welcome to the board. I am just starting my third week as an Activity Director and I LOVE IT! The Activity Director certification course I am taking is geared toward State and Federal regulations and not a lot of "activity" information. I have researched and researched and researched some more to find activities that will interest the people I work with. It was quite daunting at first but now I'm anxious to start my day and reluctant to go home at the end of the day. Good luck, and keep us posted on how you are doing! :-D
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