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When you have a resident in a SNF orNF setting who constantly refuses to participate in group activities and you have tried everything, what can you do? We do l-l 's with these residents and offer them other outlets, but they just want to stay in their room and watch TV or visit with friends and relatives. I as the activity director do not have a problem with this as I know some just prefer the comfortable setting of their rooms, but the nursing department thinks that we must make these residents interact with others for their own good. I even know that it is some state codes that all residents have the right to refuse activities, but how can I get it across to the nursing department. Please, help.

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Hi chocolate, That is the residents right to refuse an activity, they are doing their own activity in their rooms, as far as the nursing dept. goes they probably want that resident out of their hair because the resident is probably on the call light or in their business. I work in a building that has 102 residents and i have a few that dont ever come to a group function, just make sure that the resident continues to pursue their own activity in their room, make sure that you careplan that in his or hers careplan. Good luck. Billie

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We have a few residents at our assisted living residence who don't wish to participate. I do what I can by going to their individual suites and personally tell them we would enjoy their company at our planned activity. Sometimes by making them feel needed and special, they will join us. Other times, not. I do feel that some of the staff believe I don't do enough to encourage the residents to participate. I do what I can, and it's the residents right not to participate. I always make it a point to convey to the resident that we missed their presence at the named activity and hope they will consider joing us in the future. Now that we are on permanete caregiver assignment, I encourage each caregiver to talk up the activity and try to encourage the resident to participate along with the caregivers. The staff seems to enjoy participating in our activities



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