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I was recently hired as an AD in a 100 bed facility, I have no assistants.

My monthly calendar has 4 to 6 activities a day. My question is, am I responsible to have the residents with me from the time I get to work until I go home.

Staff (aides & department heads) bring residents to me when they are being noisey or they want them out of the hall, even if I have just returned them from an activity.

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I would love to have an official answer to this question. I have heard different views. I know in my experience that at times I feel like a "baby sitter" because no one else wants to take the time to interact with a "busy" resident.

 

I struggle with "entertaining" residents and trying to get other tasks accomplished, such as bullitin boards, calendars, charting, phone calls for scheduleing events. My AD wants 7 activites planned a day..one each hour. She does not help with any of them and I am still responsible for the tasks above.

 

Please someone who knows the answer to the question...let us know what we are supposed to be doing.

 

Thanks

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I would love to have an official answer to this question. I have heard different views. I know in my experience that at times I feel like a "baby sitter" because no one else wants to take the time to interact with a "busy" resident.

 

I struggle with "entertaining" residents and trying to get other tasks accomplished, such as bullitin boards, calendars, charting, phone calls for scheduleing events. My AD wants 7 activites planned a day..one each hour. She does not help with any of them and I am still responsible for the tasks above.

 

Please someone who knows the answer to the question...let us know what we are supposed to be doing.

 

Thanks

 

 

Ohhhh... I cannot wait for more people to respond to this. VERY interesting and I have wondered that myself. I know if you look in the federal guidelines (F-Tags) it says something like you must have so many hours of direct contact time with the residents per week, and I know it isn't 100% direct contact time. Another thing (speaking as the AD) make sure you take credit for everything you do, for example: even the task of passing out mail can be an activity on the calendar..not every activity has to be or should be a large group setting. I currently have 6 activities m-f and 2 to 4 on weekends. as the AD, I take care of all the paperwork and other tasks listed above and help in activities when I can, its been a system that has worked well for us... I am fulltime (salary) and I have 4 parttime staff which all work a total of 60 hours a week then add my 40 a week. We are a 100 bed facility also- on 2 floors (total of 5 units/wings).

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You need to let them know when the next activity is and at this time you need to do other things when you have time you will be glad to help them out. This is your time to do what you need to do for your department. Myself I multi-task often it depends on the resident and what they are interested in coffee and newspaper works well. Fall risk we all help out this can be a ongoing tag game with all staff to have time with resident. Knowing your resident is the key and this helps others understand the resident with your interaction. It's just not the activity departments job to interact with residents staff is part of the team and the quality of care.

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