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  1. Resident Thanksgiving Meal -- Staff Thanksgiving Meal -- December Resident & Family Christmas Party
  2. Excess Disability – Independence with Alzheimer's by M. Celeste Chase, AC-BC, ACC, CDP, CMDCP When someone has Alzheimer's with presenting dementia, their cognitive function continues to decline but they still possess abilities. In fact, skilled healthcare professionals know that continuing to do as much as they can do at their current ability level stimulates the brain and may even help to maintain skills longer. However, family members u
  3. Avoid Aging Parents Becoming A Burden By Linda LaPointe, MRA By not planning for the future we guarantee that we will leave our children with a tremendous burden. Just about the time they are preparing for their own retirement and their children's college education, adult children often are overwhelmed with decision-making for their aging parents. As a long term care administrator I heard it daily, I Dont want to be a burden to my children. But unintentionally most of us make it even harder for our children by not clearly defining our wishes or preferences.
  4. Let's Get Serious About the Nursing Home Tour Tammy Gonzales, Life Coach Before you tour your facility choices be sure you have done your homework. Go online and visit http://medicare.gov Medicare.gov. They have wonderful resources available to you for free. They are user friendly. Please see the end of this article for details. To narrow down your choice between two or three nursing homes or just considering the only available nursing home to place your family member or friend, it takes two visits. Take someone with you and if at all possible take the person who will be movi
  5. Bingo Is Not Just A Game! By Jerry Lynn Daniels, ADC/ALF/MC/AD/EDU, CDP ** Article describing Bingo as an assessment tool. Food for Thought ** Bingo is very popular in geriatric recreational programming. It is the most requested activity in most seniors facilities or communities. Activity Professionals for years have heard the dreaded "all you do is play bingo all day" from co-workers, friends and family alike. Bingo is not all they do but it is a very important part of their jobs. Although it is at times dreaded by professional caregivers, it should remain a part of recreation
  6. REFLECTING RESIDENTS' SPIRITUAL NEEDS IN CARE PLANS --- By Sue Schoenbeck, R.N., Michael Rock, Jill Cullen, Carol Gabor Authors: Sue Schoenbeck, R.N., is director of resident care; Michael Rock is administrator and chief executive officer; Jill Cullen is plan of care coordinator; and Carol Gabor is a social worker at Ingleside Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mount Horeb, Wis. --- Far less is known about the human spirit than is known about the body and the mind. But issues of the spirit ar
  7. Best Laid Plans by M. Celeste Chase, AC-BC, ACC, CDP, CMDCP A best-laid plan refers to when things gone awry or simply stated, something that has not turned out as well as one initially had hoped for. The expression the best-laid plan carries the implication that one should not expect everything to always turn out as planned. Easier said than done… right? The idea that no matter how much thought or pre-planning gets devoted towards a certa
  8. Hi. your facility routine is definitely unique .. it doesn't follow regulation but it seems that the only thing missing is a way to communicate to the Coordinator the information from the Activity's Dept as to whether or not there is a significant change in activities. All departments know of the residents with significant changes within a facility, you might take a copy of the Sec F and mark the information as it pertains to each resident and leave it for the Coordinator before hand. Anything to promote teamwork, it makes life so much less stressful.. thanks Pennie " A significant
  9. Programming for Deaf and Visually Impaired Elderly Vision and hearing loss are particularly prominent in the older adult population. The most common senses that are “lost” are sight and sound. These senses are specifically controlled by the visual and auditory cortex, respectively. It is possible to lose the senses of taste, smell, and touch, but these are much less common. While vision loss can have a profound negative impact on a person's perception of the world, hearing loss diminishes a person's mode of communication and can lead to soci
  10. Hi Everyone!! I promised I'd be back soon!! Here it is, the Flyer.. please feel free to print it out and post it wherever laugh loving Seniors are!! And did anyone catch my offer for the First 5 100- year olds who have proper I.D. They get to enjoy the show for Free!! How bout that? See age does have it's benefits!! Nevertheless, I hope you have a marvelous weekend and that the sun is shining
  11. Meaningful Memory Care Planning Individuals afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia complications go through a number of different stages during the disease progression. Leisure pursuits are crucial for residents living with Alzheimer’s disease, particularly those which offer and encourage engagement opportunities and much needed cognitive stimulation. The Approach to discovering leisure pursuits to offer engagement and stimulation is the same as any resident assessment process with one very significant
  12. I was recently passed an interesting article from our instructor Kathy Hughes, ADC that I think we can all relate to. Nursing home food is often compared with hospital food and is rarely accused of being appetizing. However, the nationwide push to make care homes more person-centered has extended well beyond care and is now attempting changes in the dietary department. It may be hard for some to believe but prior to November 2016 family members weren’t allowed to bring outside food in. The value of sharing recognizable comfort food with a loved one in the throes of dementia could easily be rec
  13. Progress Notes by Kathy Hughes, ADC ActivityDirector.org Recently there has been conversation on social media sites concerning the need for activities to complete progress notes on a quarterly basis. This can also mean a quarterly and annual reassessment of the resident. Let us look at what a “Standard of Practice” is for Activities: Standards of Practice
  14. There is generally some level of dread when state comes in for a survey. No matter how prepared you are there is always a chance that something could not go according to plan or there may be something you have overlooked. We often see members of the network discussing this possibility on social media and there seems to be a need for some Quality Assurance. For this reason, we have created a couple of forms for you to use as an evaluation tool. It allows you to get some perspective, evaluate your direction, adjust accordingly and improve your department and the lives of your residents. It’s a w
  15. 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 the risk of dehydration. Older aging populations are vulnerable to climate change-related health impacts for a number of reasons. The body’s normal aging process causes the body’s systems mechanisms, that are meant to protect us from dehydration, to work less efficiently as we age. The elderly population does not have the same internal thirst signals with age progression and consequently do not take action to reach the
  16. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- View the Seminar Brochure Behavioral Gerontology and Activity Approaches (Final) (1).pdf View and Print the Application Behavioral Gerontology and Activity Approaches Form (1).pdf
  17. Activities for Men While walking through most Long Term Care facilities you will easily take note that the ratio of female versus male residents is significantly tipped towards the female population. Women residents outnumber men at the rate of about 2 to 1 (partly due to the fact women live longer than men). Contributing factors that tip the scale further is that it is not uncommon to find that approximately 80% of the staff is also female and the majority of visitors in general are female as well. Men are simply outnumbered in Long Term Care facilities. http://digg.com/2017/sex
  18. Bucket of Games 1 Bucket of Games 2 SALE Ends Aug 5th 1.888.238.0444 Our NCCAP MEPAP 1 & 2 Begins Aug 6th - Make sure your Activity Staff is qualified before your next Survey ActivityDirector.org 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. Activity Directors are the key to creating environments that we ourselves would be excited to live in. We envision facilities that feel like homes, not institutions. Facilities that celebrate our resident’s individuality and a
  19. Activity Directors Network Online Classroom Visit ActivityDirector.org or call us at 1.888.238.0444 Our Online MEPAP Classes start Tuesday August 6th 2019 We are now enrolling! FREE CE Course for All August Students Person-Centered Planning Made Easy 8 Credit Hours Activity Directors Network is the premiere online provider of the MEPAP classes with almost all of our students passing the NCCAP national exam. We have taught students from all 50 states, Canada and England. Activity Directors in Long Term Care, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Daycare, Swing-Bed Hos
  20. Activity Directors Network Online Classroom Visit ActivityDirector.org or call us at 1.888.238.0444 Our Online MEPAP Classes start Tuesday August 6th 2019 We are now enrolling! FREE CE Course for All August Students Person-Centered Planning Made Easy 8 Credit Hours Activity Directors Network is the premiere online provider of the MEPAP classes with almost all of our students passing the NCCAP national exam. We have taught students from all 50 states, Canada and England. Activity Directors in Long Term Care, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Daycare, Swing-Bed Hos
  21. Activity Directors have traditionally planned and understood the importance of continuing their resident’s religion within the facility. Often multiple religious activities are planned weekly in order to meet the needs of those they serve. Things they are changing, though. According to a study conducted by the PEW Research Center from 2012 to 2017, approximately 27% of U.S. adults identify as ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’, with 75% identifying as both. This may seem like a vague identification and it certainly leaves the Activity Director in uncharted waters when it comes to planning activitie
  22. New Mandated Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) PDPM is one of the initiatives resulting from the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (the IMPACT Act). In July 2018, CMS finalized a new case-mix classification model, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) which is the proposed new Medicare payment rule for skilled nursing facilities. This model is intended to replace the current Resource Utilization Group (RUG-IV) system with a completely new way of calculating reimbursement and is slated to go into effect beginning October 1, 2019. Under PDPM, therapy minut
  23. July is National Ice Cream Month!!!!!! Did You Know... ... some studies have shown that people buy and consume more ice cream on a Sunday than any other day of the week? Ice cream is an easy summer fundraiser that always draws a crowd of willing consumers. Now is the time to raise money for those items you are needing for your department. Take advantage of the hot days and Ice Cream Month by hosting a couple of events starring ice cream. Ice Cream Bar Fundraiser Ingredients: Ice Cream Strawberry/Pineapple/Chocolate/Caramel Ice Cream Topping Cherries, to top off the sundae with Nuts Whippin
  24. I Am Bored: Brainstorming to Alleviate Resident Boredom by Kathleen Hughes, ADC There are lots of postings lately on the numerous Facebook pages for Activity Professionals about how the residents do not like their activities or that residents, families and other staff are bored with the activities offered. There are other comments about how residents ask for specific activities and then do not attend or ignore requests for preferences or suggestions. We also have “younger” residents looking for activities that they are interested in and do not want to be with the “older” residents. Perhaps
  25. Resolving Resident Conflict – Combative Behavior [Part I] Residents in long-term care may experience chronic cognitive impairment or confusion which may manifest into combative behavior. It is imperative to recognize that a resident’s combativeness could be the residents’ effort to communicate need for care. Healthcare professionals must always be mindful that the behavior is not personal in nature; as in emotional feelings of dislike or misplaced, unwarranted fear. Communication issues can occur when a resident has limited (receptive) abilit
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