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I am in Ohio and my community has recently had to make cuts to several of the departments and of course, Activities was one of them. I went from having 2 FT, 1 PT and now have myself and 1 PT. I have already cut back the evening activities, and no longer work on Sundays, but still cannot seem to fit everything into a 40 hour work week. I am not allowed OT and have a newsletter and calendar to do, on top of the trips, and full days of activities that are scheduled. If anyone has any advice or suggestions as to how I can better spend my time I would appreciate it immensely.

 

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Guest Pat8231

Hi Lea, I think you are doing whatever you can with the cut backs.Don't worry if it all can't be done just as long as there is something for the residents to do during the day. Pat 8-)

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Cut backs are a horrible thing!!!!!!!! Is there any way you can empower any of your residents to lead an activity, or to do a job? I am also im Ohio and have a 100 bed facility, and use to have 3full time and myself. I now have a 25 bed Alzheimer Unit plus the 100 and have 1 full time for each side. I have empowered some residents to pass out mail, newspapers and even when some of them get together to play cards i put it on the calendar as card club. i have also cut back on the #of evening activities we used to have 4 with 2activities each eveing. We now have 3 and 1 activity each eveing so that both sides can have a program. All i have to say is wait until the people who are making the cuts become elderly, or frail and need the assistance in an LTC facility--what goes around comes around. It's called KARMA!!!

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Lea,

I know just what you are going though!! I am a new Diretor.. also in Ohio. I started in April, had one FT Asst. and she needed some time off for personal reasons and the company was not being very helpful to her, and let her go! So I am doing all the work by my self,admisson assenments, cahrtting, MDS, palnning activites, leading activites, newsletter, everything all by my slef.. for 75 residents. and brand new to this home and being the director! I too can not get any more the 40 hours and its impossiable to get eveything done!! I have found my self bringing work home and doing it on "my time" It is getting really old fast. And now they say I am doing such a good job of keeping up that if and when I get another Asst. they may only be part time and must be a STNA... wonder why??? So they can jsut pull them to floor and forget about the activities. Having residnets lead small activites can be very helpfull, if you have ones that can do it. I have a few that lead a disscusion group, bingo, and put on movies. Like ympmicky said about empowering the residents it is a great thing for them to feel needed, and important! I am sure there are lots of directors who don't have any help or the amount they need, guess we just need to hang in and reep the rewards of being a activty director... because they sure are great!! Take it easy, and Hang in there. Nisice :-)

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