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8-) Hi! I just wanted to send you a big HELLO from downtown Tampa, Fla. My name is Joann and I am currently working in the capacity of Activity Director at an retirement center. This really was a big change for me because my experience brought me 19 years in Parks & Recreation, 1 year skilled Nursing 3 years ALF and now independent living. I have to get used not running up to a residents room to make sure they are okay when I see paramedics in the building. There is nothing like getting booted out :-x by the paramedics, telling me that I am not allowed in because of privacy of resident. At the other facilities, it was my responsibility to know what was happening with each person. I have to get use to it even though I still go :-D . Anyway, I just wanted to say I'm here and I specialize in special events, so give me a holler every now and then. :pint:

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Hi Joann! Welcome to Activitydirector.net. I use to live near Tampa :-D . What facility are you with? I'm working in an IL also but we are home care agency working within the IL. The Administrative Assitant goes with the paramedics since they are being taken care of by the home care agency. It is a big switch because I was with an SNF. I think I like SNF's better :-) and really can't tell you why either. Good luck!! Pat8231 8-)

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Welcome. I am sure you will notice a lot of changes in your new position. It will be an adjustment. Hope all goes well for you. Blessings, Mary

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  • 1 month later...

:cry:Hello to all you outstanding people caring and motivating others to life. I logged in July to introduce myself and I was glad to be able to communicate with folk I believe are true "AActivity Director". I told you that was working at an independent living retirement center in Tampa, Fl. Well, since I last talked to you, I was "TERMINATED"!! :hammer: Yes, the "Big T"! I am still in shock and hoping that one day I will wake up out of this dream and realize that it was only a nightmare.


The night before "Charlie" was scheduled to hit Tampa Bay, I was on the 7th floor of my facility and noticed that one of the two elevator shaft door was open, yet the elevator was still running. I inform the manager and she had me call the maintenance man who had already left for the evening. He in turn called the elevator company and that person was already in an evacuation route from Pinellas Park, Fl and he could not get to us. Nevertheless, he called another company in Tampa and they sent a guy over who decided they would wait until after the storm and repair the elevator. Mind you, we have 14 stories of seniors and disables people who will only have one elevator to evacute one, plus TECO Electric is shutting off the power at 10am the day of the storm.


My manager had recently had knee surgery, therefore, my job was on the day of the storm, evacute all people with oxygen, wheel chairs or scooters, and any elderly peson who might be uncomfortable staying in their apartment. We had prepared a make shift evacuation center down stairs. At 8:00am, I began going from floor to floor informing those who actually had to be evacuated. 8:30am, I was called over the P.A. system to come down stairs. I was asked by the maintenance man (who is in charge over me when the mgr, is not in the bldg.) why was I knocking on everybody's door. I told him I was following instructions of the mgr. He called her on her cell and she asked me the same thing. I told her I wanted to be accountable for every person in the building and their whereabouts. I asked her should I evacuate those people on my list who had been document with physical disabilities. She said only if they wanted to come down but priorty people will be the ones in wheel chairs or scooters.


I waited for the elevator to come back down and now it's taking 15-20 because every body waited to leave around the same time. Now the clock is ticking at 8:50 a.m. and not only was TECO turniong off the power at 10a.m., but maintenance was shutting down the elevators at 9:30a.m. I still have floors to go. After going back up and making sure everybody I told to come down was down or on their way, my mgr arrive at the facilty and called me on the cell and instructed me to stop everything I was doing and go to an elderly resident's room and back her up and bring her down because she had not been pick up by Hospice and she would have to stay here. I did that and by the time I got her down, maintenance told me no one could go back up. He was shutitng down the elevator. I was instructed to get every body comfortable downstairs and begin serving the food. I did. Afterwards, I was told that when I finished clean up to take my son (volunteer) and go home. I asked the mgr, did she need me to stay because after the surge comes in the EMS would not be responding to calls. I was the only certified person in the bldg (CPR & 1st Aid instructor, ARC). She (mgr.) said, if I was a nurse she could see me staying, but go on home.


The following Monday, I took a personal leave day and Tues the 17th I arrived at work only to find out that 1 person was found on hid floor (stroke) and another lady was found (dead) on her floor on Saturday.


I was told that I was being termoinate due to neglience on my part.

Somebody help me make some sense of this. My residents weep for me and I for them. The place is back to being sad and lonely. My resident do not understand and neither do I. I just moved into a new home and now the load is back on my husband again until God blesses me with another job. Before I came, the residents stayed in their rooms because they had not had activities for over a year. Now, folk who never came down, come every day and they laugh and enjoy life and boom, everything is snatched from them without warning.


If you know anyone looking for a person with a heart for the people, full of abundabce, over 27 years experience, please write me.


I apologize for using all of this space to pour out, but I had to get some release and hope somebody can give me some advice or encouragement, because I need it right now. :-(


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I'm sorry to hear that. First of all, it should have been everybody working in the building that is responsible includeing the manager and maintenance guy. It seems like they had you running all over. Unfortunately you took the whhole blame. Was ther an evacuation plan? Was that followed, or were you given different directions?


I dread the day that I may be invovled in an evacuation. I really hope that day doesn't come.


With the heart and dsire you have, hopefully you will have no trouble finding a new place to work. Good luck to you.



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Hi dankkie - I lived in Tampa area and know what you were facing with the storm. I was in Apollo Beach and got to get out of town once. From what I read it sounds like you did the responsible thing - caring for the residents. Just my gut reaction here but if one person was found on the floor with a stroke, another passed away maybe your manager didn't want to take the blame and passed it to you? This doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Why should you be terminated for doing your job. Sounds like you were a scape goat to me. Hope all is well in the Tampa area. I have friends there and pray that Ivan doesn't move over towards the west (again). We are in West Palm Beach so I know what a hurricane can do. Best of luck to you. Sincerely, Pat8231 8-)

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  • 2 weeks later...

:-D HI there.thank you for the encouraging words. guess what? I have a JOB. You can't keep a good girl down :lol: I am back working at my first assisted ALF that work at when first moved to Tampa. All ole residents still remebers me and today is my first day. Thank God for favor!

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