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  1. I am looking for an energetic, independent starter to assist with activities in a beautiful, clean facility in Fort Worth, TX. We have an activity department with 1 director and 2 assistants. Wonderful budget, good pay, full benefit package. Full-time (plus overtime during the upcoming holiday season), double holiday pay, 401Km etc, We are a family owned, local independent home with our owners serving as Executive Director and Administrator. We have been open 10 1/2 years and a lot of our staff have been here almost that long. (I've been here 10 years). It's a wonderful place to work and activity department openings are rare. Don't miss this opportunity. REQUIREMENTS: Musical ability a big plus, but not mandatory. Previous experience with the elderly, LTC, Alzheimer's or Dementia residents IS a must. High school diploma or GED. Good communication skills. You must be able to pass a drug test now and random tests in the future. Please have a vehicle or reliable transportation (there is bus service available, but it usually takes a long time to get from one place to another). You must be able to supervise yourself and work independently. Your days/hours will be Tuesday thru Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and occasional evenings, special events, etc. If you are the person I am looking for, please send me a brief resume to: twilliams_stonegate@hotmail.com. NOW! I have got to get someone hired next week. My 2nd assistant quit this morning, without notice, and the Holiday rush begins next week. I am looking forward to welcoming you to my facility. Tracy Williams Stonegate Nursing Center Fort Worth, TX 76109
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    We got ours off of the internet. I just googled wii sale and picked out a couple of websites. Shipping was fast, brand-new, not refurb, sealed boxes, etc. I HATE to go looking for something like this. I get everything I can off of the internet.
  3. These are some of the things that have worked for me, that don't require my active participation 100% of the time. 1. Get birds. The residents will sit for a long time talking to them, some of them will help with their care. Put an ad on your local Craig's list and tell them you are an adult day care looking for birds. Some will offer to sell, but many will be happy to donate. 2. Ladies and men both like to bead. The men can make for their wives, daughters, etc. Make sure to get nice quality, large hole beads - not your typical Wal-mart nursing home plastic variety. 3. Plants. Especially fruiting plants. Tomatos, eggplant, peppers, etc. Make sure you have a watering can and hand tools. Get plants that are tough and hard to kill. 4. Fish. Same as the birds. People get tired of their aquariums all the time. Once established, they are fairly easy to take care of. 5. Community service projects.Right now, we are making toys for the area Bird Haven birds, bookmarkers for when the kids go back to school (we have a school that comes every other week to read to the grandmas and grandpas), Christmas cards for a unit of troops stationed in a remote area of Iraq (yes, Christmas in July), and collecting and sending care packages for soldiers that are relatives or friends of our staff, employees or residents. 6. Checkers. Very easy. the men usually like it a lot. 7. Dominos. Set up several tables and have a tournament. 8. Flower arranging. Keep a large container of nice, artificial flowers and ask everyone to do an arrangement for the tables, the restrooms, the dining room, ???? Fresh flowers are always extra special. Maybe a florist close by can donate the stuff they throw away on the days that their suppliers restock them. 9. Movie and popcorn. Pop the popcorn, start the movie and then you can do paperwork, etc while you supervise. 10. Get a facility cat or dog. OR, bring yours to work everyday. None of these things require you to be directly involved 100% of the time. If you have transportation, load everyone up and just drive around. Take a neighborhood home tour, go to a garden, drive through the country. People watch. This used to be one of my favorite events with the Assisted Living folks. We looked at decorations, new million dollar construction, some of their old neighborhoods, the mall, lakes, buildings, etc. It didn't matter what we set out to look at/for. They always just loved being out. Make cookies, homemade ice cream. Almost all folks like to eat. Sorry this post is so long. I just hate to see new ADs getting frustrated and feeling like there's never enough time in the day. (There's not - but there will never be anymore). It should be fun, exciting and challenging to set up a new program. Add things to the calendar that YOU enjoy. Chances are, your enthusiasm will be catching. You could probably talk them into almost anything with enough enjoyment and expectation in your voice and a huge smile on your face. The main thing is to enjoy what you're doing with them. There is only so much one person can do...leave the work at work and enjoy your time off. Even though there may be no way it all gets done - look at it this way: If it all gets done (by you) then no one ever sees the need to hire you any help. Best wishes. If I can help further (if this helped at all), pls feel free to contact me direct.
  4. Gina - I am also an "old-timer". The things I look for in a publication are: *A book that lays flat - good wire spiral bound is great. cheap plastic spirals are a pain. *New ideas - not a re-hash. *complete with step-by-step instructions. Usually by the time I get to pulling out a book, it is an immediate need and I am brain-dead. *Things that can be completed in an hour or less. *Short - sweet day to day activities. The large special event type things are pretty easy to put together. It's the day-in-day-out that I need more ideas for. (Example: one of the most enjoyable activities for low functioning residents that we employ is using aromatherapy lotioin. We make the morning rounds of those that primarily sit at the nursing stations or in their rooms. Provide them with these great smelling, rich lotions and encourage them to rub their hands, tell them good morning and sometimes offer a hug) It's sensory stim (touch, smell, auditory, sight & verbal 1:1 interaction). It's these type of things that I need help with. After 10 years at the same facility, with some of the same residents - I feel like we are in a rut and have done it all! *I would much rather purchase a book written by a peer, that is still a peer instead of someone who is no longer working with residents and I think compiling a book from suggestions from other ADs is wonderful.... I'LL BUY IT!
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