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  1. I don't go by per resident, I go by census and a monthly budget. I am a 107 bed facility, but we are down beds. So Lets say I am at 97 beds, my budget has been $400 a month for supplies, food/cooking, etc and $100 a month for entertainment. Hope this might help a little bit (???).
  2. We are doing a beer tasting and an apple tasting (taking all the different flavors/types of apples and they get taste) and same goes with the beer. (BTW, the tasting is not on the same days... )
  3. Ohhhh... I cannot wait for more people to respond to this. VERY interesting and I have wondered that myself. I know if you look in the federal guidelines (F-Tags) it says something like you must have so many hours of direct contact time with the residents per week, and I know it isn't 100% direct contact time. Another thing (speaking as the AD) make sure you take credit for everything you do, for example: even the task of passing out mail can be an activity on the calendar..not every activity has to be or should be a large group setting. I currently have 6 activities m-f and 2 to 4 on weekend
  4. We've done a Ladies Tea every year for about 13 years now. We have had themes of: Black and White, Pink, Hats, Aprons, To The Nines (dress up fancy), Victorian Tea, Birthstones, Flowers, to name a few. Have FUN!!!!
  5. I am just getting more and more frustrated and I am not sure if others are going thru the same issues so I thought I would express myself and see if anyone has any thoughts. My background is in OT for 15 years and for 10 as AD. Lately, some staff, like OTR and RN's act as if the Activity Department is supposed to be the personal assistant to every resident. By personal assistant I mean this (for example): Fathers Day Party for male residents only. Party has ended, and we are cleaning up and putting away the food and beer we served... along comes OT and asks us to serve one of the LADIES on OT
  6. We've done "Dad Bingo" and have had grilling out and fishing parties, but this year I am going to do a "Pinewood Derby/soapbox Derby" where the men (much like boy scouts) will create their pinewood cars, paint them, race them against the other male residents and then have Sub Sandwiches for lunch. I will let you know how successful we become, or if anyone has done this before and have words of wisdom, let me know.
  7. We've had a "ladies tea" for years (we call it ladies tea, because some ladies were never mothers), always with a different theme. This year was "All Dolled Up" in which we took many era's of dolls and used them as centerpieces. We've done 'black and white' and decorated and wore only black and white, "pretty in pink" , "Aprons", " Hats", "Flowers", "Victorian","Purses", (whatever the theme, we decorate and dress to that theme, I even try to get the invites to match). We pass out door prizes to residents and their family that may attend. Its always a lot of work, but fun.
  8. make sure you also put in their careplan that the resident: "Participates in Activities with Purpose- without compensation". this way it keeps you out of trouble with the surveyors.
  9. No real responce here, other than your title of this post cracked me up (the misspelled memory word... cracked me up....) thanks for than- I am sure it was unintended- but yet it made me smile.
  10. If you merge things together only one group can get the credit... you know what I mean? So if you normally had a fun & fit group that was a morning activity and now you have a fitness class WITH restorative YOU can only count/document/ take credit for the residents who aren't members of restorative. So lets say you have a total of 20 residents in the exercise group BUT 15 of those people (who normally came to your exercise group) are a part of restorative, you cannot count those 15 people as attending an "activity" you can only count the 5 residents who aren't a part of the restorative gro
  11. Gosh, I can't remember when, but I know I posted something on here last summer because we were going thru the same thing.... and as much as I was 100% in agreement with the program, I had to fight to make it NOT an activity job. We help the restorative aides when ever possible- but usually with the LARGE exercise group- mid morning. That group started with about 8 residents now the group is so big that we have about 30 residents (and of course, you need one staff person for every 4 residents). Its working out well. But I still believe that activities should be activities and restorative shoul
  12. Dear Turtle, urhpairohtp0r85rfrhaoprhpa (THAT is what my jaw did when it hit the keyboard while I read your answers) You are so fortunate. WOW....I am envious. What state do you live in? WOW...I am still in shock.
  13. Hello Fellow Activity People, I am just trying to get some idea out there on how staffing is at your Skilled Nursing Facilities. Could you please take a quick second to answer a few questions for me? I am asking because we recently had to do some dreaded cuts in staff/hours in the Activity Department and I just wanted to see if I am on the right track with other SNF. How many Bed Facility are you? Do you currently have any unfilled/open beds? How many hours per week does your activity staff work (total)? How long does the last activity staff stay? What are your hours scheduled for wee
  14. Thank you for your input. We already do most of these things already with the exception of the newsletter...that is a good idea. I think our issue is recruiting NEW people and actually CALLING/CONTACTING current volunteers...rather than them contacting us when they are available. We just need our coordinator to put forth a little more effort. We do throw events in their honor, as well as thank them when they are here and show much appreciation, however, most of our volunteers are advancing in age and have their own health issues and limitations. Thank you for the suggesstion of the news letter
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