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About trixiedg

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  1. Not sure if this the place to post this or not but here it goes. I know how hard it is to find just the right music for the occasion. I was searching my App Store the other day, actually looking for an alarm clock, and came across Songza. If you have wifi or any Internet connection, you can stream just about any kind of music you can imagine. Its free and there are no commercials. It's kind of like pandora but no interruptions. It has been a great find for me so I thought I would share.
  2. I desperately need some ideas for one of my residents. He yells out oh me or help almost constantly when he is awake. When he is awake, he wanders while he yells out which upsets the whole nursing home. The only thing I have found that works is to put music on for him, park him next to me in the office where he can either hold my hand or be touched the moment he starts yelling out. While this is fine as long as I'm sitting still, but that is not very often for very long. He is alert at times but falls asleep very easily for short periods of time. I tried playing checkers with him but he doz
  3. I have a new assistant starting Monday and I have never had to go through the training process before. She is very young with no experience in LTC or anything else. She is very excited about her new job and I don't want to overwhelm her on the first day. I would like some ideas on how to get started if anyone has any.
  4. Does anyone know the F-Tags that apply to HIPAA or breaking confidentiality? I am finishing up my MEPAP course and this is one of the ones I seem to be hung up on. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  5. I have been thinking about purchasing this game, but I see that it is rather expensive($70.00). Is it really worth the money. I think it would be a good thing to have, especially since my residents think bingo is the only "real" activity there is. I feel like they would enjoy it and it would be educational at the same time.
  6. You know, I had not even thought about the fact that St. Paddy's Day and Easter are basically a week apart. We do Mardi Gras here, so we will have Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras a week apart this month. That will be two months in a row for me to have to plan and fund two events during the month. Well, I guess it may just have to be fundraiser time again. This is why I love what I do. Plan Plan! Party Party!
  7. Our state surveyors finally came on Wednesday and they exited today before 11:00am. We received a deficiency free survey!!!! I have to say this has been the best survey team we have ever had. They were nice and seemed to enjoy being with us this week. I actually was not nervous talking to them. They said the residents really bragged on the activities during the resident council meeting, which made me feel really good. Wow what a way to celebrate National Activity Professionals Week!
  8. I am kind of like the person in the quote in the previous post. Celebrating with a builing full of surveyors, yippee! I guess the party will have to wait. Only thing is, I'll have to celebrate by myself because my assistant is going back to the floor as a CNA on Monday. Oh well, I guess thats how it goes sometimes. Happy Activity Professionals Week to everyone!!!!
  9. This is not really related to the original post but I just wanted to know what everyones role as an AD is in the QA meetings. We have our QA meeting once a month. All department heads attend and our medical director attends also. Most of us call it our eatin' meetin' because all we do is eat and sit and talk a while except for the DON, administrator, and MD. They take care of going over how many infections and so on we had since the last meeting. I don't really have any input into anything unless they have someone they are wanting to admit from the hospital, but certainly not about activi
  10. Update on my little lady with Alzheimer's. Today I may have had a breakthrough with her. She had been crying for much of the day, and a CNA had taken her to her room to put her back to bed but got delayed doing something else. I was sitting in my office working on progress notes and I could hear her non-stop crying. I decided I would give one more try today to see what I could do. I grabbed my favorite Christmas CD with all the good old songs and a portable CD player with headphones. I started the music and began massaging her hands but it did not help at all. So I decided to try a foot
  11. I have tried playing old church hymns on CD for her, also old Christmas songs, but it didn't seem to help. Her daughter visited a while back and was able to get her to sing along with her, but her mental status has declined since then. I have also tried doing sensory stim with scented lotions, massaging her hands and arms. Her crying does seem to slow a little, only occurring intermittently during the visit with the lotion, but I can't have someone with her all of the time. She is on bed rest right now r/t other reasons, so she really has little stimulation other than my visits and care st
  12. My heart goes out to you. As some of the others have already said, not all care centers or activity directors are like that. The burn out rate in our profession is one of the highest. I have a lot of the same problems that you are having but I am the director and it is my assistant that is giving me the headaches. She will be returning to the floor as a CNA soon so at least I do have that to look forward to. My administrator keeps telling me to just hang in there, so that is what I'm trying to do although I feel as though I am at the end of my rope hanging onto the threads. Mostly all sh
  13. I have a resident with Alzheimer's that had basically stopped communicating. She was taken off of some of her meds to see if she would improve. She is now more alert and will talk a little, occasionally getting out a complete statement. The only drawback is she cries almost constantly. She sometimes has tears, but mostly crying, sobbing sounds. When asked why she is crying she says "I don't know" as if she didn't realize she was crying in the first place. I have her on my in room program right now because her crying disturbs others in groups. I need some suggestions for things I can do
  14. I wish someone would offer the class in Mississippi. I would love to become certified. We really don't have a lot of opportunities to learn more about our furthering our profession in our state.
  15. Thanks for the tips. My assistant and I were kind of thrown into our positions. I've worked along with activities for years but she has not. She has had no training but we are planning on getting her some. We have very little resources for training in our area, not even a state association. It is hard for me to get her to understand why I do the things I do and schedule the things I schedule. The schedule is pretty tight and I feel bad because I know it's alot to do in a day. I have to run the activity department and social services and do the admissions. My daily schedule is so unpred
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