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I've replaced an Activity Director who retired. At this facility they have been documenting lunch (only in the large restaurant style dining room where residents are independent) as a social activity in the activity participation record. Is this a practice that happens at other facilities?

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We have done this in my facility. It depends on what the patients are doing during lunch that counts. Are they socializing, are they reminiscing, listening to music...

Eating lunch itself I would not count as leisure activity since it is an essential daily activity, but I think that most patients eating in a dining room are getting some kind of leisure activity out of it.  We even document on those patients that eat in their rooms, not for eating, but for watching TV, current events, visitors, watching nature out their window, etc...

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I've replaced an Activity Director who retired. At this facility they have been documenting lunch (only in the large restaurant style dining room where residents are independent) as a social activity in the activity participation record. Is this a practice that happens at other facilities?

 

That could be an activity in and of itself I guess. It is socialization and they are getting out of their rooms.

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Hello,

 

I had a similar situation in the facility I began in, about 4 months ago. I spoke with many other Activity Directors that are also a part of our Corporate company, and found out that this was not typical. I was told that I should not be counting it as an activity participation because the state may begin to ask what activity is taking place during this time, and if all it is that the residents are eating, it would not be considered an activity for our department. 

 

Hope this helps!

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