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  1. Hello, I am not sure about Ohio but in Texas if the resident has diabetes only the nurses or professional can trim residents nails. We use to do nails twice a week but we never cut them. If they are to long etc. the nurse was told about this & she/he would take of it.
  2. View this email in your browser Dehydration and the Elderly A widespread blanket of increasing rising temperatures is expanding across much of the country. . . . And of course, hot weather always increases
  3. to all Activity Professionals - Most of you may know that Kathy Hughes has passed.Those of you who had the pleasure of being taught by her were indeed blessed, she was a mountain. Her family is gathering next week to celebrate her life at a family retreat she loved. Please take a minute to celebrate her legacy during your week, I'm sure she'll be close by... We Miss You! --- if you would like to send something to the family please email us at pbacon@activitydirector.com
  4. CMS UPDATE- Nursing Home Visitation Read Full Document Visit CMS.gov
  5. View this email in your browser Turmoil has certainly visited the world over the last year and it has thrown systems that have been in place for years wide open and exposed areas that are working and areas that are in need of massive social change. One of these areas is in the care of our elderly. Activity Directors have been shifted into the forefront of this pandemic within the walls of your facili
  6. CMS has a New Grant underway to strengthen safety and health outcomes for nursing home residents and to improve quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care. Click to Apply for Grant money below . View this email in your browser Self-
  7. I don't know how many of you are looking at FaceBook at this time but there are so many clever AD's out there. I am loving the ways they are doing the "Carts". For example: Coffee & Donuts, Happy Hour, Easter Cart, Bread Cart (this one was very clever, she actually baked bread on halls & then put fresh bread in cups & passed out to residents in their room. The smell!). Another thing I thought was clever was asking family members to come by & bring the kids. They (the kids/family member) stay on outside of facility & resident on inside. They face each other & using paint
  8. As far as having a group activity this varies from facility to facility. Some are not allowing any activities outside of the residents room. I have heard from a few AD's where they are allowed to have a group activity as the area they are holding the activity in is a large room & they are able to keep residents the required 6 feet apart. But none are allowed to have more than 10 residents in any type group activity. The biggest thing on FB for a while was the hallway actives, however it seems that it is mostly a thing of the past too. The best thing at this time is to follow the procedure
  9. Do you have questions about infection control procedures? questions about masks, gowns, respirators, gloves and visiting room to room? This document outlines the Guidelines CMS.gov has issued to State Surveyors concerning State Inspections For Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Outbreak. F-880 Take a minute to read the document and Print out Pages 10-28, the Nursing Home Checklist Tools, to help you evaluate your facility.
  10. COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers A.D.N. will continue to provide updates from CMS to keep you informed. The following portions has been extracted from CMS bulletin to highlight areas of immediate concern to you – please see the following link for the full article. Source: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/summary-covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf
  11. 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.uni
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. HIPAA for Activity Directors written by Celeste Chase Activities professionals deal with resident information on a personal level, including but not limited to: family issues, special requests from the resident, newsletter articles, etc. Without a doubt, there is a great deal of detailed personal information that must be monitored to prevent unintended disclosure. The following information will hopefully ease your mind about HIPAA regulations. That way, you will be able to have your calendars, banners, bulletin boards and posters, while being in full compliance with
  15. HIPAA for Activity Directors Activities professionals deal with resident information on a personal level, including but not limited to: family issues, special requests from the resident, newsletter articles, etc. Without a doubt, there is a great deal of detailed personal information that must be monitored to prevent unintended disclosure. The following information will hopefully ease your mind about HIPAA regulations. That way, y
  16. Hi Everyone!! Or, As the Irish in Ireland say "Dia Dhuit! (May God Be With You!) Well I trust you all had a lovely weekend, what with Valentine's Day and Presidents Day.. !! Chocolates, flowers, dinner out.... clothes, furniture, sales, it's all good! Time spent with loved ones or shopping.. it's the American way! So, the clock is ticking! This past Sunday makes it one month away from our Big Irish Extravaganza! and yes, I finally got my green outfit! Not an easy feat.. green is not exactly the most popular color I find.. and i
  17. Hi.. Don Weitz wrote to the Activity Directors Network sometime last week asking to share his Contact Info with Activity Directors in the Dallas Fort Worth for -- Facility Entertainer - Pianist - Available -- . If you have ever been to the Highland Park Cafeteria , than you've probably enjoyed his music, he plays there 2-3 times a week. Please visit the Cafeteria, it is Amazing made better by Don's accompaniment .. https://highlandparkcafeteria.com/ Plan an Outing... seriously... If you would like Don at your facility, send him an email .. Go ahead and call around f
  18. Theories of Aging People have always been obsessed with aging. Whether it’s to prolong life, make sense of disease or disability, to extract wisdom or to add meaning into the process, aging is generally at the forefront of all cultures throughout time. A look back into history show all kinds of rituals based on again and potions to grant eternal life abound. Still today you can find thousands of anti-aging products for the skin, brain, mind, and/or body in g
  19. For Your Stomach Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn Source: https://www.chocolatemoosey.com/2014/01/07/irish-cheese-and-bacon-popcorn/ Yield: 6-8 This popcorn is best eaten the day it is made, so if you are making this for a party, grate the cheese ahead of time then toss together at the last minute. Ingredients 7 cups s
  20. Hi. Here is one you can download as a sample , It will give you an idea of what to plan and how to display it. hope this helps, Thanks Pennie
  21. MultiDepartmentalForm.pdf View File File imported by an administrator Submitter Pennie Submitted 12/05/2011 Category Newsletters, Calendars, Forms, Puzzles, PrintOuts, FunFacts  
  22. Try not to over think it.. I had a couple of changes that always saved me, One was, I talked my admin into paying me to create my calendars and newsletters at home on my computer. He approved 6hrs a month on my check and that helped. Second was , when I created my activities calendar, I printed one extra for each resident, On the extra copy I would put a blank so that I could put a residents name and room number on the copy. In your case I would end up with 89 resident calendars in a folder, stapled together, that would go to each activity. Each resident in attendance would have their ca
  23. Hi Chiquita -- welcome to AD World
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