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  1. I just wanted to share an idea that has worked out well in my facility. Our local high school has an adult education program. It is funded through a grant from state of California, and all of their adult school teachers are paid through this grant. The principal of our high school got in contact with us about 2 years ago, and offered to send us teachers that could teach a variety of topics, such as Armchair Travel, Home Economics, Quilting, Arts & Crafts, exercise, etc. The end result of all of this is that we have an adult education teacher in our facility 17 hours a week that we don't have to pay for. She is amazing. It is a great idea especially when most of the time we aren't able to do everything that is required of us. I usually have my staff conduct 1:1 room visits during the time that she is here, or my staff is performing another activity so that we maximize the amount of time our residents are involved in activities. All you would have to do is contact your local adult education program and see if they are able to offer something along those lines. Hope this helps.
  2. My facility has recently been going through survey. We just got our immediate jeopardy lifted, and are just waiting on the resurvey. My administrator likes the same thing, that we come in early and stay until the surveyors leave. It helps to have department heads on the floor, but I'm lucky enough to have staff to keep the activities going. We also have an adult education teacher that's in our facility about 17 hours a week. It seems to me that if you had to stop the activities during survey that you would be asking for a deficiency from the surveyors. Keep up the good work though, if the surveyors see you working hard at running a good activity department, they are more likely to want to see you succeed.
  3. The men in my facility love poker night. Also, they make non alcoholic beer, so you could serve pretzels and "beer" and it would be just like they were used to. We also have have football parties during football season, and you could use the non-alcoholic beer. Our men are outnumbered by the women, which is not unusual, so it is hard to plan for them. Also, the S&S Worldwide catalog has a free Crafts for Men and Boys insert that you could order that has other ideas in it. Good luck!
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