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  1. Internal Validation to Prevent Job Burnout Many of us, admittedly most of us, look for some level of external feedback in the form of recognition to measure the importance of what we do. Feedback from our family, friends, business associates or coworkers helps us to develop a sense of personal and professional contribution. But all too frequently we give away our power to others to rate how successful we are while working to achieve our goals.
  2. Celebrate Capture the Sunset Week Third Full Week in July The third full week in July is Capture the Sunset Week. We all love a great sunset and July is the perfect month to honor them. Invite your residents and co-workers to participate by capturi
  3. Our residents no longer have their fathers to celebrate this day with, however they are always together in spirit. Have residents create a special rock with their father's name on it and a picture or drawing that speaks to them. Place the rocks around in a garden to create a Father's Day Garden. A beautiful reminder that will help the residents to feel more connected.
  4. Independence for Alzheimer’s Residents When someone has Alzheimer’s with presenting dementia, their cognitive function continues to decline but they still posses’ abilities. In fact, skilled healthcare professionals know that continuing to do as much as they can do at their current ability
  5. Celebrate Great Outdoor Month and National Trails Day on June 5th (the first Saturday in June)! Gather your residents that are able and willing and get them involved in a light hike. There are trails absolutely everywhere that you may not even know about! Check out the app All Trails and pu
  6. Celebrate Mother's Day on May 9th! Mother's Day is coming up quick! Pass this fun Mother's Day Quiz out to your residents to test their Mother's Day knowledge. Answer sheet included. Click Below for a FREE Mother's Day
  7. Celebrate Cartoonist Day on May 5th! There just may be a hidden cartoonist in us all! To celebrate Cartoonist Day we have created a FREE set of 4 blank cartoon pages for your residents to utilize. Invite your residents to create a comic or graphic shorts of any kind. It doesn't have to be s
  8. This recognition will take place May 9-15 and will honor the collaborative commitment of skilled nursing care facilities and their staff in providing compassionate care to their residents during these unprecedented times. Over the past year, despite the challenges of the current pandemic, skilled care centers and their staff have shown an incredible and steadfast commitment to providing quality care and ensuring the safety of their residents. This recognition does not come as a surprise given the daunting challenges that our front line “essential workers” h
  9. CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today (March 10, 2021) for nursing homes to safely expand vi
  10. Not only is it the month of LOVE, but it is also Heart Health Month! Today we will focus on some of the ways you can promote heart health in your facility. Below is a great article from Total Wellness Health that incorporates some action steps that you can take within your facility to celebrate. Who knows, one of these action steps just might save someone's life.
  11. Recognizing you... National Activity Professionals Week is January 24-30, 2021 National Activity Professionals Day was first celebrated on January 27th, 1984 to recognize all the activity professionals who care and develop interest and needs based programming for active
  12. Send your cards to Village at Sugar Land 140 Eldridge Suite H Sugar land Texas 77478 They will make sure they get passed out and distributed to the community.
  13. Celebrate Christmas Card Day December 9th This is the day to get all those Christmas cards sent off into the world to spread good cheer! You may need to host an activity prior to this to make sure each resident has Christmas cards to send or help them get their cards ordered or purchased. Spend December 9th helping residents fill out, address and mail off their cards. Play Christmas carols, serve a warm festive beverage and Christmas treats, and make a day of it!
  14. Top 5 Stress Relief Games in 2020 Posted by Yana Yelina | Apr 15, 2020 Source: Mental Health Matters You certainly feel stressed from time to time: negative emotions and fatigue quite often come while you’re at work, and it seems really difficult to get rid of them, distract, and relax a little bit. To provide some examples, 80% of workers are stressed while managing their daily activities (especially those in the USA and China), and almost half admits they need ai
  15. The Introduction- Meeting Your Resident There is a skill in the art of introducing oneself and every healthcare professional must possess well practiced expertise in this area. The very essence of successful wellness care relies on this ability. This first meet and greet frequently establishes the baseline from which “trust” is built and that’s a seriously powerful tool for those wishing to care for others. You will find yourself doing this introduction repeatedly throughout you
  16. Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19 There is never an issue of too much information or repeated redundancy of information when it comes to the current pandemic [COVID-19]. Take a moment to review these CDC overview guidance published May 8, 2020. CDC provides the much needed up to date research and educational materials on the topic – visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/assessment-tool-for-nursing-homes.html
  17. Why ADLs and IADLs Matter These terms stand for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). They represent key life tasks that people need to manage, in order to live at home and be fully independent. Accurate assessment of the individuals “ADLs or IADLs” functionality are in great part essential information to planning facility programs that meet the needs of the resident population served. Difficulties with ADLs an
  18. National Day of Prayer September 1st Celebrate by organizing a prayer circle. Get permission from residents who wish to participate to pass their prayer request to another resident, creating a prayer chain. Encourage participants to try organizing their prayers utilizing the ACTS of Prayer. Below is some guidance on this practice: “Do you ever sit down to pray and just not know what to say? ‘ACTS’ is a common acronym that Christians use for leading themselves through these moments. Using this well-known tool, you’ll first pray in “adoration”
  19. You may not think you will want to reflect on this time, but one day you will. This is a momentous time and is incomparable to any other health event in our history. You are the front line workers, who are dedicating yourselves day in and day out for the well being of your residents. Take this time to create a capsule that you and your residents can dig up at a later date when the dust has settled so that you can truly take in what you all accomplished. You can never doubt your strengths or resilience again! Quarantine Time Capsule Materials Shoe Box/Plastic Box/Empty Paint
  20. Lockdown Continues .. All of our CE Classes On Sale! 33% Off - As long as we are stuck inside we might as well make the most of it. New CEs by Celeste Chase, AC-Edu-BC, ACC, CDP, CMDCP , The Care Plan - A Road Map This course lays out the Care Plan procedure in a Person Centered dialogue, not the same old cookie cutter care plan, Explore new insights and planning tools to re-invent your way of thinking about care plans. New from Instructor: Allision Bennett, ADC/TXC Hosting a Bible Study One thing
  21. A free webinar about the importance of caregiver wellness programs and why they should be introduced more. 7/30/2020. Caregiver burnout is even more prevalent with COVID-19 precautions in place. Caregiver wellness is an important program in any senior living community, not only for the caregivers and residents, but the business side of senior living as well. Pulled from site: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcoce6srjoqHdP6PXroj3E-shurAGMO0CHq "Stephen Cree, Director of Employee Wellness at Lifetime Wellness will discuss how you can improve caregiver wellness, how proactive
  22. I know you've had to cancel entertainers coming in, but we all know how important music and entertainment is for well being as well as a distraction. For that reason I have started a video series that will be available each week until we know what's going on with the virus. Each video series is me performing a concert for your residents online with fun backdrops and pictures. Each video is 45 minutes and you can watch them multiple times--there are no watch limits. New videos are added each Monday to keep variety in your entertainment. These videos series wi
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