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I need to let off some steam!!!!!!!!! The famous restructioning is under way. Our new boss showed us a sheet that represents the flow of a residents "12 hour" day. The sheet is broke into 1/2 hour inclements. She would like an activity for every 1/2 from 8am to 8pm. There are only two of us for 85 residents (45 are rehab residents that change every week, with about 10 admissions and discharges per week) To make this work she would like us to adjust our schedule to work partical shifts, which to me means 7 days a week and fill in the time we are not there with volunteers. I live 30minutes from work, with gas $2.75 per gallon. Its crazy for me to drive to work for a few hours. Don't get me started on volunteers. There are very few that are reliable and able to run a program or even want to. It is work. The residents don't just show up to programs. I go to their rooms. Sell the program to them, transfer them to w/c, transport them to the program, run the program, take the residents back to their room, transfer them back to recliners, clean up the program. And this is certainly not done in a 1/2 hour. When I try to explain this to her. She says "break down the barriors" or a "we can make this happen" I use to leave work feeling good about the things I did, and looking forward to the next day activity. Now I feel like I can't do enough and what will change tomorrow.

 

Let's completely disregard accesments, planning, shopping, one on one, set up, ect...... There is no time for this with an activity every 1/2 hour.

 

Do I ride this out, or do I run?

 

chet

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WOW! That's asking quite a lot. I don't know if this will help, but I keep a time log and at the end of the day I fill in by half hour blocks how my time was spent. It helps me use my time more efficiently and helps me manage time, but it also demonstrates all of the things that are done in one day. Some minor things may be able to be delegated (still working on this because sometimes it's hard to get someone to take on a new task), but what this will do for you is provide an accurate look at how much time one activity really requires and it can be used as an example for your boss to see things more realistically about continuous coverage.

 

Maybe there's a compromise that can be made? I think asking people to work 7 days in a row is going too far, though.

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I need to let off some steam!!!!!!!!! The famous restructioning is under way. Our new boss showed us a sheet that represents the flow of a residents "12 hour" day. The sheet is broke into 1/2 hour inclements. She would like an activity for every 1/2 from 8am to 8pm. There are only two of us for 85 residents (45 are rehab residents that change every week, with about 10 admissions and discharges per week) To make this work she would like us to adjust our schedule to work partical shifts, which to me means 7 days a week and fill in the time we are not there with volunteers. I live 30minutes from work, with gas $2.75 per gallon. Its crazy for me to drive to work for a few hours. Don't get me started on volunteers. There are very few that are reliable and able to run a program or even want to. It is work. The residents don't just show up to programs. I go to their rooms. Sell the program to them, transfer them to w/c, transport them to the program, run the program, take the residents back to their room, transfer them back to recliners, clean up the program. And this is certainly not done in a 1/2 hour. When I try to explain this to her. She says "break down the barriors" or a "we can make this happen" I use to leave work feeling good about the things I did, and looking forward to the next day activity. Now I feel like I can't do enough and what will change tomorrow.

 

Let's completely disregard accesments, planning, shopping, one on one, set up, ect...... There is no time for this with an activity every 1/2 hour.

 

Do I ride this out, or do I run?

 

chet

 

 

wow..i thought i had it bad...there are days i leave work and feel like never coming back.. i think activity directors are pushed around and are far from being treated with respect. i dont know what advice to give you, but just hang tough and you will eventually decide what is best for you...

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