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:hammer: Everday I face the same problem. How do I get staff members and family members to see how important activities are in these residents lives. Whenever corporate comes for their visits, they tell me we need more staff involvement, and that i need to "inservice" the staff. Well that works for maybe 2 days. What can I do?? Please give me some ideas!

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Have a night time act. or weekend one. A hot dog & music, Western Dance, Valentiine Dance etc. Again this is only going to get them there for that event but if you get them in & make it fun as well as maybe give a shorth speech about how much you & the res. really miss having them involved & this nite (or whatever) is really specail to them. Also put something in your newsletter. Offer suggestions of things that they can do while visiting their loved one.

Gave a secert pal week with staff picking a res. this is a big one at the facility I worked at.

Have competions between the units/halls on decorating.

You could have a contest between the CNA's & Staff , res. get to watch. Have the nurses one from each hall make a bed w/ the CNA in it. W/C contest these along these lines. Even have a contest w/ balloons where they have to run to a chair sit on it & pop it. Relay type games. Have a pizza party for the staff or unit that brings most res. to an act over a week period. You can also do this as ind. contest between the aides. You will soon learn the ones who really believe in acts. Befriend them this will be a lasting relationship.

I always let staff have cake or things from parties after the res. have been served. This get them to come see the act. status & food. Once you get them coming & trying to gt them involved in fun little ways it should improve.

You need to be sure & do little things for them for no reason & offer to help them by answering a call light, when you see a CNA is busy & and another res is being diffcult offer to or just do it step in & help. This may show them you don't think you are any better or different than them & it will go along ways in them helping you out. hope this will get you going in the right direction. P

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I have a new Director with alot of ideas. She wants me to come with a program to be a part of our core training program for the new hires, and a shorter in-service. The only request she had in mind was that it include that our employees are responsible for activities, and getting the residents to an activity. ( She really is tired of seeing me do everything by myself, and wants participation from the caregivers.) I work in a facility that has an assisted living building, memory care, and a retirement community. Any ideas, or resources? I am very new to this position , and appreciate any suggestions. :hammer:

 

Thank You,

Stacy274

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Stacy,

 

If you need some help I would be happy to help you set up program. But I need more information. E-mail me at k8822@hotmail.com. I love working on these kinds of projects.

 

Karen :-D

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Hello, Im not sure this will help because I work in 80 bed nursing home but I also got tired of bringing all residents to activities so my administrator and I came up with this, 15min. before my activity starts we get on the intercom and say good morning to the residents and then will say ( To all staff its time for a time out, activities will begin in 15 min, we will repeat this twice, all staff are then soppose to come out of there offices and all CNAs are to bring at least 1 resident to activities, now even housekeeping is getting into it. Once the administrator does it pretty much everyone does. I thought " ya right this wont help" but let me tell you now everyone is triing to be the one that brings the most residents. We are really having alot of fun with this. The best part is if I ask a resident if they would like to come to activities and they say no then, someone eles will ask the same resident and they end up coming. The state was just at our facility and they thought this was great. Try prizes or food for staff that does help.

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That is an excellent idea. The only problem is that if you are working in a AL facility you will find that most do not have an intercoms. Maybe for those who are in AL could take this idea and tweek it so that it could fit with the facility. I am a firm believer if make a competetion or somehow fun for the staff they will help out more.

Karen :-D

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