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  1. FYI there is already a program put there called Science for Seniors. It is written by Gloria Hoffner. She has an inexpensive book you can purchase FULL of experiments, I highly recommend the book as it does a lot of the research for you and has videos/trivia ect you can use. She also writes a monthly column for Creative Forecasting with a monthly experiment in it as well. There are also kits you can purchase from S&S that have supplies you need for multiple of the experiments. Hopefully that will help you save yourself some time by using her already done products!
  2. Something important to remember is that it doesn't have to be a "Concern" in the first section. It CAN be a strength as well. I have numerous residents who don't have a "problem," they regularly attend most programs and are active, or they are very capable of doing self-directed things and keeping themselves entertained. Some examples of strengths that I write are: _____ has demonstrated an in interest in helping others. My goal: ______ will continue her active involvement in meaningful programming to her tolerance ____ is active in a variety of personally selected leisure pursuits, both facility offered and self-directed. My goal: ____ will express contentment with her chosen level of involvement in leisure pursuits With the new guidelines the goals should be about the residents satisfaction/meeting the residents needs, NOT attendance oriented. Just because you’re saying someone needs to go to a group 3 times a week doesn't mean that meets the residents needs. Plus you're leaving yourself open for state to look at your attendance records and write you a deficiency just because that particular resident was sick that week and couldn't/didn't want to go to group programs.
  3. Here's some regional info: Association of Professional Activity Directors (Sacramento area) APAD contact Kathleen Baldwin for location 5013 J Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95823 H: 916-422-7096 W: 916-733-6510 Email: irisheyes.Kathleen@att.net Meets every other month, 2nd Wed 12 to 3 p.m. Bay Area Activity Directors BAAD contact: Deborah Van Sant, RAS SSA 1226 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek, CA 94595 W: 925-975-5000x5060 C: 925-937-1880 Email: 479wmsbg@hcr-manorcare.com Meets quarterly at 5 p.m. Call for place/day. C.A.R.D. Sponsored - Activity Directors Network ADN contact : Jamie Barron for time/location 966 Kovac Court, Chico, CA 95973 W: 530-342-7002 Email: Jamie@countryvillagecare.com Meeting generally monthly, 3rd Fri. Central Valley Activity Coordinators (Stanislaus County) CVAC contact: Maggie Gianesin for location 812 W. Main, Turlock, CA 95380 W: 209-667-2828 Email: directormaggie@aol.com Meets monthly, 3rd Fri., 12-2 p.m. Delta Association of Activity Professionals (Delta Area, Stockton, Lodi) DAAP contact: Beverly Deeley for location 231 East Fulton St., Stockton, CA 95204 H: 209-460-1823 W: 209-477-2664 Email: beverlydeeley@sbcglobal.net Meets monthly, 3rd Wed., 6:30-8 p.m. East Bay Activity Coordinators EBAC contact: Sandi Peters for time/place W: 510-848-8774x106 Email: activity1309@yahoo.com Meets monthly on 2nd Wed. Golden Valley Activity Directors (Nevada & Placer Counties) GVAD Contact - Helen Vanderhoof for location Golden Empire Convalescent 121 Dorsey Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95945 H: 530-432-3203 W: 530-273-1316 Email: 1helen@live.com Meets quarterly, 1st Wed. 7:30 a.m. Marin Activity Coordinators MAC contact: Kathy Silvoy for time/location 11 Sharilyn Lane, Novato, CA 94947 W: 415-499-8711 Email: kathysilvoy3@verizon.net Meets every 3rd Wed. Redding Area Activity Directors (Redding area, Shasta & Tehema Counties) RAAD contact: Diana Hume 950 Lincoln St., Redding, CA 96001 H: 530-241-7685 for more information Email: diana.hume6@yahoo.com Meets monthly, 2nd Wed. 12-1, Golden Umbrella Bldg San Francisco Activity Professionals SFAP contact: Mediatrix Valera 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112 W: 415-406-1419 Call for location Email: mvalera@jhsf.org Meets quarterly, 3rd Wed. 3-5 p.m. Santa Clara County Activity Directors SCCAD contact: Donnamae Eachus for day/location 15245 National Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95032 H: 408-578-6698 W: 408-356-5636 Email: teachusown@sbcglobal.net Meets quarterly, 2-4 p.m. South Valley Activity Coordinators (Fresno, Kings, Kern Counties) SVAC President: Norma Almaraz for location 5425 West Spruce Ave., Fresno, CA 93723 H: 559-271-3091 Fax: 559-271-8211 Meets monthly 2nd Wed. 12:00-1:30 p.m. $5.00 donation for meeting Tulare County Activity Coordinators Network (Tulare County and surrounding areas) TCADN contact: Sandy Shelton for location 3120 West Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277 W: 559-735-0828 Meets 2nd Wed., odd months, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. West Coast Activity Professionals (Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa, Solano Counties) WCAP contact: Carrol Rogers for location P.O. Box 1507, Clearlake, CA 95422 H: 707-994-5856 Meets monthly, 3rd Tues. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  4. There is the Northern California Association of Activity Professionals and the membership director is Kim Vikers. Her email is kimv442@gmail.com Not sure if this is who you e-mailed or not.
  5. Is it allowed in your state? In California it's not allowed, we were actually questioned on our dietician feeding last survey because they thought she was a paid feeder only.
  6. CMS has been telling everyone not to train or make any changes until the "Train the Trainer" sessions are done. My company re-did our initial assesments about a year and half ago and pretty much left the main part the same, but then included the MDS 3.0 questions on it as well. It's been interesting getting some of them to understand the 1-5 rating, but it's kinda nice to have!
  7. Hello, This is a long shot but I’d thought I’d give it a try. I am an Activity Director in California, I currently have a resident whom is younger and LOVES New York. She is looking for a pen pal and I was hoping someone in New York might have a resident or two whom would enjoy being a pen pal with this lady. She would probably be writing about once a week or so. Thank you for any help!
  8. Most of my rehab residents have this as their "problem:" [name] has been admitted for short term therapy and prefers self directed leisure activities and rest in their room until they are ready to return home. and the goal is: name] will express contnetment with their personal choices of leisure while they are here.
  9. I don't think there is any set requirement on the size, other then the residents need to be able to read it. The ones I put in the room I do two sided (two weeks on the front and two-three weeks on the back) on ledger paper that I can just run through the copy machine here at work. I had to do the two sided because my residents were stating they couldn't read it when it was just on one side. For the two I have in the halls I take to a Blueprint printing place and have them enlarge it for me (much cheaper then Staples or Office Max or any other "big box" store) I used to print two days on a 8 1/2" x 11" pices of paper and just staple all those up with colored masking tape as the lines to make it even. It took a TON of time though, but it was the most cost effective
  10. I too am based on census. I get .15 per resident per day. So we're a 99 bed facility but are usually only at about 91. That equals out to 4.50 per resident for a 30 day month.
  11. Thank you, thank you!!! It's not doing it for me anymore!!!
  12. Sorry if this is in the wrong place, didn't know where a good spot to post it was!. The banner at the top of the page advertising the different aspects of AD.com are different sizes, so while I'm trying to read posts it makes the words jump up and down on the page. It's REALLY REALLY difficult to keep my place when reading a longer post with the page jumping up and down. Can that be fixed?
  13. Mel

    Giving Back

    Jeanine, The gift basket idea is fabulous!!! Thank you so much
  14. Mel

    Giving Back

    One of our sister facilities recently had the residents cook a meal and then take it to the homeless shelter and serve the homeless. It went over great and those that helped loved it and they plan to conitnue to do it quarterly. I'm not as big as them nor do I have the young population like they do so I'm trying to come up with something my residents could do to "give back to the community." Any ideas would be appriciated! Thanks!
  15. Mel

    Holiday Gifts

    That's what we do as well, and all the gifts are from "Santa" not from the staff. I also don't have the staff wrap it, that way I can see what was bought for who and make it "even"
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