Salary Range For Activity Directors
Posted 26 November 2004 - 02:09 PM
Posted 26 November 2004 - 02:22 PM
Posted 24 December 2004 - 02:06 PM
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Posted 26 December 2004 - 08:12 PM
I just moved from Cary, Illinois, wwhich iss about aan hour away from chicago.
I worked at aa retireement home as a certified activity asssistant-i was making 11.50/hour. Noww that I am in Texasthe wagess here are different. I found out threw my searching, that nuring homes do not pay well, and the activity dept. iss the least dept. to get aa budget for purchasing supplies. A retiremeent home pays much more. But you should have exxperience andd it helpss if you are ceertified.
Threew my experience, you ddo not have to be certfied by the state you are living in. Depends on the retirremeent home you are with.
Posted 27 December 2004 - 12:00 AM
Posted 28 December 2004 - 07:25 AM
Methodist Church, I am the only person I have no staff and a very small
office, I started in April and we have done so many things, we only have
25 residents, but they are housed in three separate houses, and range in
age from 30 (mentally challenged) to 87 years old with dementia. Since I
have started we have gotten so much publication from the local paper and
this year at Christmas the donations that came in were really big compared
to other years, however no one seems to think it is because of me.. and I
know it is, the residents and their families all love me, and some said they
have never danced since coming here until I came, or never went shopping
or alot of things... howver I only make 6.50 an hour and no benefits, and
no paid holidays or vacations unit I am there 1 year. I really need more
money, any suggestions as what I could do....
Posted 03 January 2005 - 07:55 PM
Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:00 PM
Posted 05 January 2005 - 12:47 PM
Well first off I would like to say that I hope that I am never at the facility where you work because honestly, you sound like you are totally overworked!! :-o
As far as Activity Directors "getting off their butts and getting the residents ourselves", doesn't it make it easier for the aides if you just drop the residents off at the activity then you can do other duties instead of helping them.Also,I found your whole post itself to be very rude and offensive.I have never done your job, but in turn, you have never done our jobs and have NO CLUE how much time and preparation goes into to planning and implementing a recreation program and how much time we spend at home and otherwise that we DO NOT GET COMPENSATED FOR!!!! I totally understand that this business takes its toll on ALL the staff, but for you to say that we are all overpaid and essentally lazy is just WRONG. :-(
Try to have a good day. Gina :-)
Posted 10 January 2005 - 05:46 PM
Posted 11 January 2005 - 11:57 AM
Posted 11 January 2005 - 02:12 PM
where in Wisconsin? I used to live in Sheboygan and Sheb Falls
Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:15 AM
Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:46 AM
I also have problems sometimes with the patients coming to activities becasue they aren't brought out of bed by the cna's. I realize that there are days in which it is very busy, and those days I am informed of this so I can plan accordingly. I have issues when the census is down, there are no pressing duties, the aides are lounging around and then the patients don't attend activities. These days do not occur daily, but when they do, they are frustrating. I also hear comments like "I wish I could get paid to do crafts or play games", which is also frustrating, because we are way more than a bingo caller or a leader of crafts. I do not it let it affect my program, by being positive about the situation. Being angry and snide to others will not help at all and will get you no where but in a bad mood also. I do encourage you to speak up for yourself if you are being treated rudely. I did one day, after an aide made a comment to me about getting paid to play games, do puzzles, crafts, etc. I explained to her that I really do more than what she sees (2nd shift). She really only sees me for about an hour of my whole day. I believe she felt embarrassed that she made the comment, but I was professional and calm about the whole matter. Anyway...........
I am not sure of the rules where this person works, but I technically cannot get these patients out of bed and transfer, etc. to get to activitites, because of the facility regulations and the training and such. I could easily do this (and would be glad to) as a Home and Community Based Program Manager/QMRP, I worked in a facility for developmentally disabled children and adults for over 10 years performing every daily living task from transferring manually and with lifts, using behavioral management techniques to divert escalating situations, bathing, cooking, cleaning up waste, vomit, you name it. But, this is not my position as of now in the facility I work in, that is the purpose behind job descriptions, I believe. This person may need to reflect upon why he/she chose the profession he/she did.
Unfortunately, anywhere you work you will find things you don't care for. My suggestion for anyone is to practice self-control and professionalism. When something is thrown my way that is upsetting, I take a few deep breaths, think about it, and see how it can be turned into a positive experience. I always try to remain professional, but sometimes, I need to put on my thick skin.
I apologize for the long post. I encourage everyone to create a good day! 8-) :-D
Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:18 PM
Posted 16 January 2005 - 09:35 AM
I do love all my resident's, all the families, I deal with. God will reward me some day. Later....actpro...in Texas
Posted 17 January 2005 - 11:03 AM
Posted 17 January 2005 - 01:44 PM
In response to the posting regarding the laziness of Activity Professionals, I don't even know where to start. My first thought is, what is the current situation in that facility for activity personnel? Maybe it's a dept. that needs a boast or re-vamping? Around here, the staff KNOW they need me & my staff & truely appreciate all we do. We are the people you aides call when you have a resident who is agitated, restless, crying, angry, bored, etc. I'm not familiar w/ that situation, but I have activity staff in the building 7 days a week, including holidays! We are here before 8 a.m. to help serve breakfast, we help serve snacks, noon meal, & coffee in the afternoon, but our day does not end there. I also have staff that help transport to supper, serve supper, & transport from supper. (This is along w/ all the bingo calling we do! ;-) We also provide an activity at 7 p.m. in our facility. My staff work on Saturdays & Sundays, & holidays (2:30 - 7:45 on Sundays & holidays). So I really take offense to the comments that we don't work weekends, holidays, etc.
Sorry I've rattled on, but I just don't think that individual has a clear picture of what an assesst to the facility the activity staff can & should be!!
Posted 17 January 2005 - 04:58 PM
The job I have now with AL and Alzheimer's Care pays 15.50 an hour full time with wonderful benifits and education reimbursment. I do not have an assistant but we keep wonderful volunteers coming back every day and on weekends (coordinating volunteer schedules is a big part of my job). There is also a part time driver. We have activities 7 days a week and at night. The AL and Alzheimer's callendars are seperate.
It is company policy that EVERYONE, aides, directors, ....everyone.... do activities. Even the OT and PT do activitiies. Everyone has a special talent, right? I have found this to be the hardest part of my job. I personally like to do the activities myself but have supplies to order, paperwork, outings, entertainers to book, research to do on future activities, networking with ither ADs for ideas, department head meeting to sit thru (even if they have NOTHING to do with your department), family councels and support groups to hold, and so on.... not to mention different activities going on at the same time so everyone is doing something and one on one visits and such. I am not complaining. I do not want to leave at the end of the day, I like being here, as I am sure we all do.
I think it is very disrespectful that an aide would speak to a director in such a way...to call you lazy. Would that aide talk to the Healthcare Director or the Exec Director that way? I never think that I am above anyone but professional respect and courtesy should always be shown. I would never call an aide lazy, I know all of the work they do...I was an aide at one time. I would respect his / her position just as he /she should respect ours. If that person "I wish I could get paid to do crafts or play games"...well get off your tail end and do what needs to be done to get a job as an Activity Professional....but be assured that you will get a job doing so much more than "crafts or play games".
Posted 17 January 2005 - 07:29 PM
I just wanted everyone to know the messages posted by the CNA I have deleted off.
Since s/he would not register but signed in as guest goes to show that s/he is probably a very unhappy person on the job & probably in their home life. We have all gone to the break room or outside to have a cig. & there is someone mouthing off, trying to stir up stuff, petty things. Most people don't enjoy hearing this constant complaing it just makes for misable day & work enviroment. These negative vibes are felt by others, staff, family members, residents etc. It makes the facility look bad.
I have very little time or patience for people like this.
I know that just about all of us work as a team & respect each other no matter their postion.
So now AD's let carry on with the orignal topic here of money, money, money ;-)
Posted 18 January 2005 - 08:21 PM
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Posted 21 January 2005 - 03:37 PM
Mary Roaten AD/TXC
Posted 21 January 2005 - 08:23 PM
I am not thrilled about hearing from posts of people who have nothing but bad things to say about Activities.
Ms. Roaten, we try to keep our thoughts about our jobs as positive as possible and encourage each other with our positions in the nursing home through this website. It is much appreciated that we share these thoughts and ideas about our pay and our trials with our jobs in a manner that is still encouraging and not frustrating for another reader to have to endure.
Since you are no longer an Activity Director due to harsh feelings about the job, please don't bring everyone else down. We work with what we have every day and understand our jobs are not perfect in any way shape or form. But by the strength God gives us every day, we touch the lives of our residents.
God bless all of us in the lives we influence!