Welcome & Congratulations about your new jobs as AD in long term care. I worked as an Activity Director for almost 15 years and have found the Directors that have longevity are the ones who listen, understand that your programming have to based on what the Residents want, And are patient with staff who think they can do your job better..lol. No seriously also understand the priority of your paperwork getting in on time. My suggestions to you would be 1. Keep the existing programming for a couple months until you have a chance to see from the residents and your staff what works and what needs to be changed. 2.) Your paperwork has to be on time no if or buts. You can have the most amazing programming ever offered but if you don't do your paperwork on time you could lose your job! 3.) Learn your community(Nursing home) and how to have the smoothest transition. 4.) you need the nursing staff to help you have the residents ready to attend activities. Without them you will have no one attending! Treat them with respect, appreciate them! 4.) Support your staff! They run your activities for you when you have meetings, Care plan meetings and paperwork to do. 5:) recognize that the generation you are providing activities to don't do well with change. They are very patriotic, spiritual, and have so much to offer! They need to know that life does not end when moving to LTC! If you ever need idea's or encouragement please contact me Directormaggie@aol.com. I currently have moved to Activities Coordinator in a Retirement Community and love it. I am the Activity Director for their Independent side. there is an assisted and will be 2 skilled also on campus! God Bless you all!