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I have been the AD for a year now at a assisted living facility, and its continually difficult to get staff and residents excited to help out with activities. Staff doesn't think its their job to help out, and its only me, I have no assistants or volunteers on a daily basis. But I cannot do all of this myself with out some help. I have approached my Director and she has said find more volunteers. Once I get them, they leave or never show up. Does anyone have any suggestions or went through something similar?

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I have been the AD for a year now at a assisted living facility, and its continually difficult to get staff and residents excited to help out with activities. Staff doesn't think its their job to help out, and its only me, I have no assistants or volunteers on a daily basis. But I cannot do all of this myself with out some help. I have approached my Director and she has said find more volunteers. Once I get them, they leave or never show up. Does anyone have any suggestions or went through something similar?

 

it is difficult.. try rewarding , it was always a good thing when I posted a employees name in my newsletterr .. thanking them for helping.. it seemed to be a draw for others and a good mention for all the facility to read and comment on..

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Try creating some consistent activities that appeal to the staff. Favorite team tailgate parties, ice cream sundaes, making french fries on a consistent day or time will bring them out. If staff assist residents to and from they can have a treat too. Flea Markets, or games where staff can buy something or win something might help and show them how much fun activities can be. Know the staff the best you can to use it to create things they enjoy. If they have pets...have a pet show...If they have children...bring your child to work (enlist their teenagers for help) If they make crafts have a craft show that they can display their crafts. If you play bingo allow the staff bringing the residents to have a card for a chance to win, (ask a resident to watch their card) When you catch a staff member helping out catch a photo of it and post it up. If you are allowed make announcements and put up thank yous to the depts. that help do that. Volunteers have been difficult to retain. Our best volunteers are retained through consistent praise and interaction with the director. It is hard to find the time for all of the things that need to be done. If you find one thing that works do it over and over and over until everyone can rely on it and the staff and volunteers will automatically know when to show up and how to help.

 

 

I have been the AD for a year now at a assisted living facility, and its continually difficult to get staff and residents excited to help out with activities. Staff doesn't think its their job to help out, and its only me, I have no assistants or volunteers on a daily basis. But I cannot do all of this myself with out some help. I have approached my Director and she has said find more volunteers. Once I get them, they leave or never show up. Does anyone have any suggestions or went through something similar?

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I have found the biggest thing that will get people to help is helping them. I know I can't help toilet people or that kind of thing, but anything else at all I can do, I do for the nursing staff. Getting people in and out of the dining room, getting tablecloths on the tables, getting bibs on people, fixing people drinks before the trays come out. I also try to keep an eye out for when the nursing staff is really swamped and they have a needy resident calling out. I've been passing by just to make copies but I'll snag the resident and push them along with me, talk to them the whole time and try to give them a little attention. Or I find something for the resident to do.

 

Believe me, the nursing staff notices when you do these kinds of things, and if they have any sense of comraderie you'll notice they'll start to help you out. If not, then you just have to ask them directly. I know it's hard, and I'm really bad at asking for help. But in the past I've worded it like, "Hey, Vanessa, do you think you can get Mrs So and So while I get Mr A and Mr B?" That way, you are subtly pointing out that you're asking them to do just half of what you're doing, not piling more work on them while you do nothing.

 

Make yourself visible and make friends with the staff, so that they will feel that you're one of them and not just "the bingo lady who has it easy and hides in her office all the time." (Yes, we've all been called that!) I know we all have a lot of paperwork to get done, but there is only so much I can do without getting cross eyed, so I step out and see what I can help with for a minute.

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it is difficult.. try rewarding , it was always a good thing when I posted a employees name in my newsletterr .. thanking them for helping.. it seemed to be a draw for others and a good mention for all the facility to read and comment on..

 

 

I am also "an Army of One". I know how frustrating it is. Our staff will help bring residents to Act only if I give a written list of names and bark orders. This is tough for me. Volunteers for me are frustrating too. I have had a couple of teens that work out less than perfect. The newsletter idea may work. I'll try it.

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I have to brag on my facility for a sec. Our CNA's are GREAT! They bring our resident down to activities and are very loving and caring. Of course, as we all know, you will have a few who do this job just for a paycheck...they don't last long here.

 

When we do special functions other staff members participate in one way or another. From housekeepers, laundry, nurses and even maintenance. Even for every day activities I have staff members drop in for a few minutes just to talk with residents or even help out in some way. Food always gets them into the activity room, so dietary will make extra for staff.

 

Maybe we're spoiled that way, but I truly believe that happy staff makes for happy residents. How else could it possibly work without everyone's help?

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I have to brag on my facility for a sec. Our CNA's are GREAT! They bring our resident down to activities and are very loving and caring. Of course, as we all know, you will have a few who do this job just for a paycheck...they don't last long here.

 

When we do special functions other staff members participate in one way or another. From housekeepers, laundry, nurses and even maintenance. Even for every day activities I have staff members drop in for a few minutes just to talk with residents or even help out in some way. Food always gets them into the activity room, so dietary will make extra for staff.

 

Maybe we're spoiled that way, but I truly believe that happy staff makes for happy residents. How else could it possibly work without everyone's help?

 

 

Give them suckers or candy for bringing them or make paper smilies and pin them on them when they bring them!Some will never do it no matter what!

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Hello to all who wish to clear Alzheimer's

 

I am glad to tell you, that for some time now, we have had a good, harmless, working cure for Alzheimer's disease. Its called GRAZOPH TEMUNA (www.grazoph.com) and it is natural herbs that elicit a bath of natural enzymes from one's own organs.

 

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An individual's colon must be mostly clear, and there can be almost no alcohol in system, and the digestive system must not be collapsed, then Grazoph Temuna has worked every time so far. By removing toxic metals and plaques from the brain and body the Grazoph treatment tends to accomplish the following:

 

 

 

 

* sharpens hearing and memory in young people and keeps them alert for classroom learning.

 

* clears or lightens some facial and skin blemishes (such as liver spots) accumulated in aging.

 

* increases immunity to pesticides and nerve gases.

 

* eliminates dementia that causes tendency to habitual gambling.

 

* clears brain of dementias that cause anger and lead to yelling and violence.

 

* eliminates stresses caused by dust and metals in brain.

 

* clears brain of dust (cause of sleepiness), aluminum (Alzheimer's, forgetfullness, deafness), mercury (craziness), lead (stupidity), gold (itching), uranium and radium (ponderousness).

 

* prevents preventable plaques-caused blindness and deafness.

 

* creates a barrier to prevent harm from nerve gases.

 

* restores certain brain cells that enable interpretation of sight, sound and smell.

 

* clears brain of placques formed by metals or dust that potentially cause Alzheimer's diseases.

 

* clears body of contaminents like printers' inks and diesel fuel.

 

* helps joints and clears some rheumatoid arthritis and some other elements of aging.

 

* cleanses sweat pores that have been clogged.

 

* reenables sexual function that has been damaged by drugs.

 

* treats that which is often called "detached retina" of eye

 

* removes dust-caused abnormal pathologic psychologic states.

 

* reduces tendency to stroke by clearing brain veins and arteries of dust contaminents.

 

* clears dried blood from the inside of the body that resulted from broken capillaries; may end headaches caused by broken capillaries in brain.

 

* washes out silver nitrides that found way to brain through darkroom photodevelopment usages.

 

 

 

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Thinking from staff's point of view; everyone needs job secuirity and recalling my university life I can remind we study about something heirarchy of needs and on top of that pyramid there was "Affilliation Need". So spare some time to hear to your staff that will give them confindence and you will get productive and desired results.

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