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  1. I have dealt with this as well. I agree that it is a great idea to tell the entertainer that your calendar for the next month is full. Or if your entertainer has a standing date each month, plan something special that day and explain to her you already have something going on. Let her know you will give her a call when you may need her again. Maybe she will get the idea Kelly
  2. Hi there! Has the problem gotten any better? One of my assistants is very loud, too. I will usually ask her to take some kind of paperwork to do during programs or performances. She still yells out though. I've never understood it, but it's good to hear others are doing the same thing. I plan to bring it up at her next evaluation. Does your AA have an eval coming up? Kelly
  3. Hi Everyone! I have had bad luck with assistants since I started my new AD job last November... I now have a very caring assistant, but she is the 'take over' type... I'm trying to handle this in a way I can get my point across, be professional & hopefully change the situation... I will give you a few examples of the things she is doing. I'm hoping for some advice, as I am very laid-back & easy-going... my assistant is more of a, um, how should I say this... drama queen Examples: -Going to our Administrator about things I should be going to her about, and other things that
  4. I would really like to do something extra special for St. Patrick's Day this year! But with Easter & St. Patty's in the same month, I'm going to need to be thrifty. Our V-Day party was nice, but it was very low-key, and we just had music, food & prizes, and a door prize drawing for a V-Day basket (we made $132 in 24 hours! YAY!)... but I'm looking to do something a little more extravagant we can invite the families to for St. Patrick's Day! Also, what are you planning for Easter? I'm thinking of an Easter Parade where we invite children in their Easter Outfits to parade around
  5. We also offer a cart with independent activites (wordsearch puzzles, books, magazines, catalogs, card games, board games & puzzles). The residents enjoy this & I try to change the items & reading material often, so they have lots of options! I have also started asking the residents to help lead activity groups. One of our ladies LOVES arts & crafts, so she is going to lead a group painting suncatchers next week. One of our ambulatory residents enjoys folding laundry, so she helps the laundry department. We have our usual group activities. I try to invite everyone to 'news
  6. Since leap year is the time a woman can propose marriage, how about attemping to make a wedding cake? Maybe bring in a local culinary student to help, or a local baker to teach the class? Or maybe a frog cake??? Something else to consider is to make an 'all green' meal??? I hope this helps! Kelly:)
  7. Hi! I came from Assisted Living also, so I feel your pain:) You will get in the groove... don't worry! As everyone mentioned above, your MDS coordinator should give you a calendar each month listing the residents who are due for a quarterly or annual review. Our quarterly reviews are a narrative and our annual review is a 3-page assessment & narrative. This varies from facility to facility. I know the paperwork seems overwhelming! It is SOOOO different than ALF. I've been at the nursing home 3 months now, and I am still adjusting. Maybe set up a meeting with your administrator i
  8. Hi there! I hope things have improved some since you last posted. I am in the exact same position. I have basically no help right now, and although I have hired two assistants (one full time and one part time) it is absolutely impossible to get everything done from day to day. We have a rehab until and it is all I can do to get the initial assessments done (we have new admits almost daily), get the annual & quarterly assessments done, do the activities, plan next month's calandar, get our monthly newsletter in the mail on time, etc, etc, etc... it's never ending, but I have decided
  9. Hi Everyone! I am currently in the MEPAP1 class and plan to start the MEPAP2 class in March. My ultimate goal is to get my Rec Therapist degree, but there are no colleges close to me who offer it. I was wondering if anyone has a degree in Rec Therapy, what you think of the field, and if you know of any online courses that are organized well, and do-able! I would prefer a classroom setting, but I'm thinking it's not going to be possible to go that route. Thanks for any info! Kelly:)
  10. Hi Everyone! My Administrator has asked me to start having a group activity every day right before lunch. We have 2 lunch seatings. The first group are the dependent diners, and the second group are the residents who need minimal help. They tend to sit outside of the dining room for 30-45 minutes before they can go into lunch... and they are all congregating in the front lobby... it just doesn't look good. I am at a loss what to do for them at this time. A lot of them love the Price is Right, which is always on in the lobby, so I don't want to do a sing-a-long or something like that, beca
  11. Long-term Care/Rehabilitation facility in Marion, Ohio looking for an Actiivty Assistant to work 30 hours per week. Schedule will vary, and includes day, evening & weekend hours, every other weekend rotation. Will work with residents in a group setting as well as 1:1 interaction. Some charting required. Experience in the activity field preferred, but will train the right person. Pay is based on experience. If interested contact Kelly at Kellbell68@hotmail.com.
  12. Hi! I know it seems like activity jobs are few & far between, but you will find one:) I'll tell you my story... I was very frustrated with my previous job and put in my 2-week notice. My goal was to find a job in activities within a week so I wouldn't run out of money right before the holidays:). I applied at every nursing home, rehab center, assisted living, etc... even if they weren't hiring. I went to apply for an activity assistant position (although I really wanted a director job, they only had posted an assistant position) that was in the paper and online. I turned in my a
  13. Hi! I'm sorry you are going through this... I have been through it, too, and live to tell about it:) At the last facility I worked for, I was the Life Enrichment Coordinator, as well as the Administrator's Assistant. The Administrator was very, very young (23 to be exact) and was terrible with me (which got to me even more because I was older than her;). I worked so hard to turn the activity department into a wonderful program for the residents, and received absolutely no credit. It was very hard working so closely with her, knowing that she was being very unethical and terrible to her empl
  14. Hi Everyone! I am new to this website. I am currently over on activitydirector.org taking the MEPAP1 class. Just a little background on me... I started my career in activities in mental health. I was the AD at a mental health facility 6 years ago, and absolutely loved it! Management was bad, the pay was terrible and eventually I left for another job. I was then working at an assisted living community as the Life Enrichment Coordinator. My goal was to become certified as an AD and then to continue on to get my rec therapy degree. That is still my goal. Anyway, the assisted living w
  15. Hi! I haven't been working at my facility very long, but we have had two fundraisers so far, and we have one planned for January. The residents made a quilt and we raffled it off. It only sold for $70, but because we used donated fabrics, it was 100% profit. We also had a craft show a couple of weeks ago. Each vendor had to give the Activity Department 10% of their profits, and we also sold items the residents had made, which was 100% proft. Vendors sold Christmas items, food items (fudge, cookies, etc.), candles and lots of other homemade items. We also served food and charged $3 pe
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