An Activity Director is really just a teacher in disguise. You research your various topics in great detail before assimilating all of that gathered wisdom into every inch of your program and calendar. Every idea or good intention you have is carefully worked into an activity that is meant to inspire, educate and awaken your residents to their lives. In the beautiful loving experience that is the gift of doing this for a living, you have gathered techniques, insights and methods for increasing the quality of your work and the lives of others. In this workshop we will explore the steps for you to take all of that carefully earned wisdom and organize it into a workshop that other Activity Directors can participate in. Imagine the lives you could change, including yours, if you were able to pass this along. I know what it feels like to have a calling to teach but not being sure about how to go about it. For me, it was the marriage of my work with Activity Directors Network and guiding you in a number of these workshops on varied subjects that matter to me. For you, it could be your Love Centered focus at work and this workshop giving you a loving hand to hold while you take this journey from Activity Director to Teacher that makes all the difference.
As an added bonus for taking this workshop you will also be invited to participate in the Activity Directors Network Writing Mentor Program, which will allow you to correspond with me throughout the entire process of writing and completing your workshop. The process can be overwhelming and tricky from the outside looking in. I am here to help you with the inside scoop. After you get the process down you will be able to do it by yourself without a problem for all of your future workshops to follow, I know it! You will also find all of the forms needed to get your continuing education workshop approved through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP), along with the opportunity to offer your workshop through Activity Directors Network!
Newsletters are an important tool for making your activity department a success. They initiate involvement throughout the facility and community, while establishing your activity program.
- Importance and benefits of utilizing a newsletter in your activity program.
- Developing your newsletter.
- Newsletter content, fillers, and setup.
- Adapting your newsletter to meet the needs of your desired audience.
- Distributing your newsletter.
Nothing brings people together, regardless of our differences, better than food. We all have a love affair with food. True, we must consume it to survive, but it brings a lot more to the table then that. It is one of the few activities that evokes all of our senses and can effectively wipe away the blues, if only for a while. Eating food is a pleasure in itself, but so too is the experience of making it. As Activity Directors, it is inevitable that food will be incorporated into our programs, either as the star of the show or as background for another planned event. This workshop is designed to help you plan food events that leave everyone satisfyingly full; emotionally and physically. So grab your apron and let’s get our hands dirty as we bridge the gap between us.
• Understand the importance of food and how to utilize it as a tool for life enrichment.
• Consider the cultural use of food and how you may be able to incorporate it into your program.
• Learn a variety of ways to program food into your calendar effectively.
It is a fact that the survey guidance has been rewritten to provide for a "person centered" approach in activities. It is the main objective for surveyors to pull a sample of Care Plans from the facility and make sure that they provide correct and person centered language for that sample. This workshop is designed to make sure you, the Activity Director, are ready. It includes a very in depth look at creating a Person Centered Care Plan for each and every one of your residents that will in turn help you to provide the best quality of life possible.
Replace outdated documentation habits with new up to date standards.
Revise current understanding on the basics of care planning with the addition of new techniques.
Understand the most common terms to use while documenting for better communication between the facility, administrator, and surveyor.
Understand the shift of importance to non-clinical services provided by the facility.
Understand the differences between The Medical Model of Care and the new Person Centered Model of Care.
Ability to research, extract and compile factual information from which to build your plan of care from.
Ability to comprehend and employ the proper plan of care from the information gathered and personal assessment.
Alzheimer’s is a serious form of Dementia that affects over half of the residents we care for in long term care. Currently there are around 5.2 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s in the United States. Every 67 seconds another person is added to that rapidly growing statistic. It is expected that the Baby Boomers will single handedly increase the current number of 5.2 million to a whopping 16 million by 2050. The impact of this is huge and it will obviously affect many areas of our economy and society. As Activity Directors, it has the ability to completely change the way your department operates. For those of you already working within this population, you know the criterion for planning activities is wildly different then planning other senior related activities. This can create many challenges, but if you are creative and passionate is could also provide you with some really amazing opportunities to have an enormous impact on a subset of our growing population that needs your help. This workshop is intended to build your understanding of the disease and those that suffer with it, while offering valuable tools to incorporate into your program so that you can truly improve the lives of those you serve.
- Identification of behavioral triggers, issues, & potential solutions.
- Comprehension of Alzheimer’s disease and its effects.
- Variety of Alzheimer’s approved activities.
This course was created for a workshop at the Mountain Moot 2013 where participants learned how to create Moodle Lessons. There are three lessons available to try as students and a fourth which was built together as an introduction to lesson construction. I have also included the slideshow presentation used during the course of the workshop.