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Is there anyone out there that has Activities and Restorative Therapy together?? My facility is looking into doing that and we are looking for any info we can get.

 

 

Gosh, I can't remember when, but I know I posted something on here last summer because we were going thru the same thing.... and as much as I was 100% in agreement with the program, I had to fight to make it NOT an activity job. We help the restorative aides when ever possible- but usually with the LARGE exercise group- mid morning. That group started with about 8 residents now the group is so big that we have about 30 residents (and of course, you need one staff person for every 4 residents). Its working out well. But I still believe that activities should be activities and restorative should be therapy- to maintain continuity with who is an activity staff and who come is the restorative aide- makes for less confusion for the residents. Good luck. Its a wonderful program, if done right and has 100% support from all staff AND ALL SHIFTS. (I say that outloud, because this program should not be just a daytime thing, it should be happening througout the 24 hours in a day.)

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Gosh, I can't remember when, but I know I posted something on here last summer because we were going thru the same thing.... and as much as I was 100% in agreement with the program, I had to fight to make it NOT an activity job. We help the restorative aides when ever possible- but usually with the LARGE exercise group- mid morning. That group started with about 8 residents now the group is so big that we have about 30 residents (and of course, you need one staff person for every 4 residents). Its working out well. But I still believe that activities should be activities and restorative should be therapy- to maintain continuity with who is an activity staff and who come is the restorative aide- makes for less confusion for the residents. Good luck. Its a wonderful program, if done right and has 100% support from all staff AND ALL SHIFTS. (I say that outloud, because this program should not be just a daytime thing, it should be happening througout the 24 hours in a day.)

 

So do you just do exercise groups with restorative or are there other things involved? From what I understand administration wants to merge activities and restorative together as 1 department.

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So do you just do exercise groups with restorative or are there other things involved? From what I understand administration wants to merge activities and restorative together as 1 department.

 

If you merge things together only one group can get the credit... you know what I mean? So if you normally had a fun & fit group that was a morning activity and now you have a fitness class WITH restorative YOU can only count/document/ take credit for the residents who aren't members of restorative. So lets say you have a total of 20 residents in the exercise group BUT 15 of those people (who normally came to your exercise group) are a part of restorative, you cannot count those 15 people as attending an "activity" you can only count the 5 residents who aren't a part of the restorative group. Do I make sense?

Since I had to cut back on staffing and hours we now run our fun & fit group with the resorative people and take credit for the ones who are not in restorative. When we did seperate groups (one fun & fit and restorative did an exercise group as well) WE, activity staff, logged into the restorative book to mark who was at OUR fun & fit. It helps to go to other facilities and see how they run their restorative program and to see how much invovlement activity staff takes into account. If run correctly, it is a wonderful program.

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I like what Jules had to say.....

 

I was in charge of this at another facility and I can tell you that it actually makes everything easier in my opinion.

 

 

1) Restorative is a nursing based program that incorporates many of the aspects that we do already (ROM, Exercise, ETC.) so it always helps to have someone helping in a groups situation.

 

 

2) Remember that each Restorative "aide" (Which can be almost everyone in the facility.) can engage 4 residents each. Once again, they can help you plus 4 of thier residents.

 

3) Since restorative is a "fairly" young methodology, you can get creative with what you do. For instance, I use part of my Morning Stretch to address restorative needs. Then the other residents follow suit, because it is Therapy not Exercise.

 

 

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

Chris

 

 

 

If you merge things together only one group can get the credit... you know what I mean? So if you normally had a fun & fit group that was a morning activity and now you have a fitness class WITH restorative YOU can only count/document/ take credit for the residents who aren't members of restorative. So lets say you have a total of 20 residents in the exercise group BUT 15 of those people (who normally came to your exercise group) are a part of restorative, you cannot count those 15 people as attending an "activity" you can only count the 5 residents who aren't a part of the restorative group. Do I make sense?

Since I had to cut back on staffing and hours we now run our fun & fit group with the resorative people and take credit for the ones who are not in restorative. When we did seperate groups (one fun & fit and restorative did an exercise group as well) WE, activity staff, logged into the restorative book to mark who was at OUR fun & fit. It helps to go to other facilities and see how they run their restorative program and to see how much invovlement activity staff takes into account. If run correctly, it is a wonderful program.

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