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Hi all!

 

I have been the Activity Assistant for 7 years and have recently been promoted to the Activit Director position at a new facility owned by the same company!

The Current Director there will be retiring after a 20+ year career at this facility, so my presence will be a big adjustment for the residents and the staff members...

My Problem is this: This new Facility is under a "Watch" by the state Because of a serious nursing issue and because of this, the State will be visiting more that once a year for some time...Also, I will now be taking over a Department that many look down on! The Residents have been lacking motivation because unfortunately they are not used to being very active and many choose to stay in thier rooms or sit in front of the television! UGH!

Well sorry for being long winded here but I wanted to give an overall picture of my new place!

The Administration is "Cleaning House" and adding new Employees and Letting go of the Unproductive ones.

 

I will be Starting there as The Director February 24th and Wanted any Advice/Suggestions on what my first few steps should be?

Obviously one would be to have a meeting with my 2 full time Assitants who have been there for a few years already!

 

What would you suggest the first meeting with My Assistants entail?

 

And my first meeting with Resident Council Members?

 

I appreciate and Thank you for your help.

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Hi all!

 

I have been the Activity Assistant for 7 years and have recently been promoted to the Activit Director position at a new facility owned by the same company!

The Current Director there will be retiring after a 20+ year career at this facility, so my presence will be a big adjustment for the residents and the staff members...

My Problem is this: This new Facility is under a "Watch" by the state Because of a serious nursing issue and because of this, the State will be visiting more that once a year for some time...Also, I will now be taking over a Department that many look down on! The Residents have been lacking motivation because unfortunately they are not used to being very active and many choose to stay in thier rooms or sit in front of the television! UGH!

Well sorry for being long winded here but I wanted to give an overall picture of my new place!

The Administration is "Cleaning House" and adding new Employees and Letting go of the Unproductive ones.

 

I will be Starting there as The Director February 24th and Wanted any Advice/Suggestions on what my first few steps should be?

Obviously one would be to have a meeting with my 2 full time Assitants who have been there for a few years already!

 

What would you suggest the first meeting with My Assistants entail?

 

And my first meeting with Resident Council Members?

 

I appreciate and Thank you for your help.

 

first of all welcome aboard!

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Hi all!

 

I have been the Activity Assistant for 7 years and have recently been promoted to the Activit Director position at a new facility owned by the same company!

The Current Director there will be retiring after a 20+ year career at this facility, so my presence will be a big adjustment for the residents and the staff members...

My Problem is this: This new Facility is under a "Watch" by the state Because of a serious nursing issue and because of this, the State will be visiting more that once a year for some time...Also, I will now be taking over a Department that many look down on! The Residents have been lacking motivation because unfortunately they are not used to being very active and many choose to stay in thier rooms or sit in front of the television! UGH!

Well sorry for being long winded here but I wanted to give an overall picture of my new place!

The Administration is "Cleaning House" and adding new Employees and Letting go of the Unproductive ones.

 

I will be Starting there as The Director February 24th and Wanted any Advice/Suggestions on what my first few steps should be?

Obviously one would be to have a meeting with my 2 full time Assitants who have been there for a few years already!

 

What would you suggest the first meeting with My Assistants entail?

 

And my first meeting with Resident Council Members?

 

I appreciate and Thank you for your help.

 

First of all welcome aboard!

I will give you some information on what I did when I came into my position. I worked for my facility for two years when I was promoted to Connections Director(Activity).

 

Your First meeting with your two full time associates should be to get their ideas. I know that when I took over my assistants had wonderful ideas that no one would listen too in the past. Once I gave them a say in what they were doing things became more active. Let them know what you expect of them and what they can expect of you. Let them see you are not necessarily going to "Clean House" like the owners. They need to trust you and you them so get that understanding and trust before you go too far.

 

At your first meeting with resident council. Residents can be the hardest for change. They were used to the old director that had been there as long as most can remember. They need to also learn that they can trust you. The best way to do that is to tell them about yourself make them feel like they have known you for ever. Once they feel comfortable with you they will be much easier to sway. I also think that once they get to know you they will want to do things with you and maybe this will be a way for you to introduce new activities and get them up and out of their beds.

 

I was there once and understand what you are feeling. Good luck

 

Vickie

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First of all welcome aboard!

I will give you some information on what I did when I came into my position. I worked for my facility for two years when I was promoted to Connections Director(Activity).

 

Your First meeting with your two full time associates should be to get their ideas. I know that when I took over my assistants had wonderful ideas that no one would listen too in the past. Once I gave them a say in what they were doing things became more active. Let them know what you expect of them and what they can expect of you. Let them see you are not necessarily going to "Clean House" like the owners. They need to trust you and you them so get that understanding and trust before you go too far.

 

At your first meeting with resident council. Residents can be the hardest for change. They were used to the old director that had been there as long as most can remember. They need to also learn that they can trust you. The best way to do that is to tell them about yourself make them feel like they have known you for ever. Once they feel comfortable with you they will be much easier to sway. I also think that once they get to know you they will want to do things with you and maybe this will be a way for you to introduce new activities and get them up and out of their beds.

 

I was there once and understand what you are feeling. Good luck

 

Vickie

 

 

Hi Vickie!

 

First off, Thank you very much for the welcome...I appreciate it and loo forward to connecting with other directors!

 

Excellent Advice about my Assistants and how to handle this transition in a tender way! I didn't even think about thier feelings and how to allow them to voice them! I am actually looking forward to the challenge of making my facility a better place for everyone!

 

And you are so right....The Residents need to be confident thqt they can trust me as well! Great Points to ponder!

 

Thanks so Much!

 

Scott

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Hi all!

 

I have been the Activity Assistant for 7 years and have recently been promoted to the Activit Director position at a new facility owned by the same company!

The Current Director there will be retiring after a 20+ year career at this facility, so my presence will be a big adjustment for the residents and the staff members...

My Problem is this: This new Facility is under a "Watch" by the state Because of a serious nursing issue and because of this, the State will be visiting more that once a year for some time...Also, I will now be taking over a Department that many look down on! The Residents have been lacking motivation because unfortunately they are not used to being very active and many choose to stay in thier rooms or sit in front of the television! UGH!

Well sorry for being long winded here but I wanted to give an overall picture of my new place!

The Administration is "Cleaning House" and adding new Employees and Letting go of the Unproductive ones.

 

I will be Starting there as The Director February 24th and Wanted any Advice/Suggestions on what my first few steps should be?

Obviously one would be to have a meeting with my 2 full time Assitants who have been there for a few years already!

 

What would you suggest the first meeting with My Assistants entail?

 

And my first meeting with Resident Council Members?

 

I appreciate and Thank you for your help.

 

 

 

Hi Scott,

 

I am new to the position of Activity Director as well and I have found that listening to the staff that has been there is really helpful. My staff has been my biggest supporter since taking over the position. I run my ideas past them and ask for their input. When you have your first meeting with your staff, ask them for their ideas. Also, ask them if there is anything they would like to see changed. My staff and some great ideas and as a team we created some new activities that the residents really enjoy. You can use a similar approach at your first Resident Council meeting. Ask the participants what types of activities they would like to see. I hope this helps.

 

Heather

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