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  1. We post a calendar in each room. It would be easier to just do a big one. Will have to check into that idea! I do post a big one in the main hallway. It's 3'h x 5'w. I take a 11x17 tabloid size calendar to Staples or some other copy place that can make large blueprint size copies. I have them enlarge the calendar 327%. Good luck! Deana
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    This is the first I have heard about it...sounds interesting.
  3. WOW..that's AWESOME!!!! I wish my budget was that big!
  4. I am not sure what a PACE program is but these guidlines come from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Here's a link to the entire document. http://www.cms.hhs.gov/transmittals/downloads/R48SOMA.pdf
  5. If you have a bunch of people wanting the same outting, what about offereing the outting 2 times so that you can take half one time and the other half the next time?? We have a 12 passenger bus that will also hold 3 wheel chairs. I don't usually have enough residents on my outtings to fill the bus. I work a fairly low function skilled unit right now. Our assisted living unit doest fill up the bus either though. Sorry, I don't have any experience to help you with this situation.
  6. We too are based on census... Skilled nusing gets .14 per day per resident. So in a 31 day month it's like this. 42 residents x 31 days x .14 = 182.28 for the month. I do not have a seperate budget for entertainment. Hope that helps
  7. We chart on a calendar. We print an 8x11 activity calendar for each resident and then use highlighters to chart who was at an activity. If the resident engages in an activity that was not on the calendar we write it on the calendar and highlight it appropriatly. Pink - not present Yellow - Participated Green - Present but did not participate to full potential Blue - Present but did not participate, did her/his own thing Hope that helps! Deana
  8. I would love to have an official answer to this question. I have heard different views. I know in my experience that at times I feel like a "baby sitter" because no one else wants to take the time to interact with a "busy" resident. I struggle with "entertaining" residents and trying to get other tasks accomplished, such as bullitin boards, calendars, charting, phone calls for scheduleing events. My AD wants 7 activites planned a day..one each hour. She does not help with any of them and I am still responsible for the tasks above. Please someone who knows the answer to the question...let us know what we are supposed to be doing. Thanks
  9. Ahhh...I thought it was some specialized bed...LOL Thank you for explaining Deana
  10. We are going to hold our monthly "welcome new residents" social during that week...we are also having a wine and cheese evening. We were hoping to put nice name/room number plaques outside each room however with the recent budget cuts we had to cancel that plan.
  11. The facility that I work at uses Shirt Protectors....however in reviewing F241 (Dignity) it clearly mentions discontinuing the use of Shirt Protectors and using napkins instead. (see below for a "copy & paste" excerpt) I was wondering how many of you work at facilities that use Shirt Protectors? We use them in Skilled Nursing and in Dementia Care, however linnen napkins in Assisted Living. Thanks for your reply Deana §483.15(a) - Dignity The facility must promote care for residents in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances each resident's dignity and respect in full recognition of his or her individuality. Interpretive Guidelines: §483.15(a) "Dignity" means that in their interactions with residents, staff carries out activities that assist the resident to maintain and enhance his/her self-esteem and self-worth. Some examples include (but are not limited to): Promoting resident independence and dignity in dining such as avoidance of: o Day-to-day use of plastic cutlery and paper/plastic dishware; o Bibs (also known as clothing protectors) instead of napkins (except by resident choice);
  12. WOW...This was very informative. I have been asking my AD where to find information like this and not been given a clear answer. I am glad to find that the information is all located in one "space." Thank you so much for posting this! Deana
  13. I keep reading this thread and can not figure out what a Swing Bed is...Can someone please elaborate..Thanks Deana
  14. I recently found these CDs in a closet. They are for karaoke however each CD is dual tracked..one with just music and one with the singing. My seniors are loving them! Today we had about a dozen people in the activity room just singing away to the CDs. you can purchase/look at them here... http://www.ssww.com/product/?sku=16013&amp...068&aid=YNW Singing A Long in Centralia Deana
  15. Jeffrey, were were thinking of doing the same thing. Assisted living is going through about 30 dollars worth of candy each week and we can't afford it any longer. I was curious as to the tickets you give out...are they like raffle tickets or did your facility make up it's own currency? We were considering give the residents a "buck" each time the come to an activity or if they are seen out and about doing their own activity. My AD is concerned however that it would be a bribe and that we could/might get dinged by the state when they do survey...what do you think?? Deana
  16. Out of curiosity I asked my administrator what she thought about this. She said ABSOLUTLY NOT. She said that if residents wanted to visit a strip club that is was the responsibility of the family/friend members to accomodate this request. Her concern was about the reputation of the facility. She said that they choices that the residents made while out with their family/friends was not a reflection upon the facility. Kinda what I expected... Deana
  17. We are having the same problem at our facility. I had the "opportunity" to speak at the last new employee orientation and I emphasized that it would be beneficial to the nursing staff if they brought residents to the activity room...this would allow the resident to participate in activities and free up the nursing staff to work with other residents. Something else we (the activity department) are throwing around is the idea of having a "bonus buck" that the nursing staff can accumulate each time they bring a resident to an activity. They can save up theses bucks and every quarter (time period still being determined) they can bid on a couple of gift baskets. Hope that's helpful... Deana
  18. We are a continuation of care facility.... In our Assisted Living unit we have residents who have their own pets as well as a pair of Budgees that live in an open access area. In our Special Care/Dementia Unit the Director and the Activity Assistant both have dogs (mini dachshunds) that they bring to work daily, they are allowed free run of the Unit. Special care also has a 55 gallon aquarium that the residents spend much time viewing. I work on Skilled and have 2 dogs (also mini dachshunds) that I take to work with me daily. My dogs are not allowed free run of the Unit. I keep them in my Activity area, closing the doors sometimes to let them run free in the Activity Room. They also have a "fence" that I can put them in to confine them when needed. I purchased a garden wagon and pull them around the Unit for 1:1 visits etc. I currently have a 10 gallon fish tank but this weekend will be getting a 55 gallon tank for Skilled. Our DON is severly allergic to cats therefore they are not allowed in the building. Hope that's helpful!
  19. We have the same issue in our Skilled Nursing Unit. We are contemplating having a Family Council instead. Our Special Care/Dementia Unit uses a Family Council and it is proving to work to the Unit's/Residents benefit. Good Luck!! Deana
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