Alternative Solutions in Long Term
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to Surveyors of Long Term Care Facilities
We have now loaded the Guidance to Surveyors
of Long Term Care Facilities which are the new
guidance for implementing F248 and F249 Activities.
This is an extremely important document and is
very lengthy. Please note that many years went
into planning this document. Pay close attention
to the information regarding room visits, low
functioning programs, documentation and audit
tools. Also note the change from using age appropriate
to person appropriate. We now have on our site
Calendar Analysis and Population Analysis tools
to assist you in developing and planning a diverse
calendar to fit the populations residing in your
To download this document, please go to www.activitytherapy.com and click on resources and than CMS Guidance.
This will be in effect this summer. We recommend
you meet with your director of nursing, activity
director and administrator to address implementing
these changes. If you are still using one calendar
to fit the needs of your building we advise conducting
a calendar and population analysis and implementing
activity calendars designed to fit the needs
of your populations. We recommend strong documentation
of your room visits, dates, and what you are
specifically providing. If you are not tracking
attendance we advise that you begin tracking
group program attendance and individual attendance.
Remember that your care plans should indicate
not only their preference but what you will provide
if the resident triggered.. If they did not trigger
and there is no care plan, document in your progress
notes what your goals and approaches will be
for the resident. If you have not purchased the
Care Plan Cook Book, we recommend this excellent
resource and can be purchased on our site. You
can order the Long Term Care Survey (complete
federal regs) from Briggs.
You are welcome to email us if we can help in
any way or if you have questions regarding the
changes to F248 and F249. email@example.com
Sandra Stimson CALA, ADC, CDP
Lisa Reidinger LNHA, CTRS,CSW, CDP
Alternative Solutions' New Look and New Shopping
you haven't recently been to our web site
at www.activitytherapy.com you'll be surprised
to find that we have a completely new look. In
addition, nearly all of our products have been
consolidated into a single shopping cart to permit
a better shopping experience for our customers.
You can now shop for multiple items by multiple
vendors on a single shopping cart. In addition
to Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, we now accept
PAYPAL, Cart Blanche and American Express.
We have also added
several new items including:
Assurance for Activity Programs 2nd Edition by
Richelle N. Cunninghis and Elizabeth Best Martini
Successful Dementia Care Settings by
Margaret P. Calkins, Sherylyn H. Briller,
Mark A. Proffitt, Kristin Perez
Dementia Care Plan Dictionary
Melody Lane's "Songs
from the Heart" - Volume 1
Melody Lane's “Songs for the Soul” -
Melody Lane's “Christmas Memories” -
Melody Lane's “Heroes and Home Fires WWII” -
Please note that many
of our web pages have been moved. If
you have book marked specific pages within our
sites they may not be there. If so please use
our search box or the site
from the National Council of Certified Dementia
Practitioners. Many health care professionals who
are either certified or licensed have taken the
steps to become certified dementia practitioners.
The NCCDP has partnered with Alzheimer's Care Guide
Magazine and Eldercare Activities Guide: The Activity
Professional Magazine. If you are a CDP upon renewal
you will need 10 CEU's in dementia related seminars.
Both of these publications publish an article a
month with a test. The test and CEU's are complimentary.
You will need a subscription to either magazine
and many facilities are subscribing to the magazine.
The NCCDP has received many calls about whether
other organization will also accept the CEU's.
It is up to each accrediting organization to answer
that question and the NCCDP can not speak for them.
To order this magazine, please go to www.nccdp.org
and click on the magazine's logo. If you have questions
about free CEU's for CDP's please contact 1 877
729 5191 or visit the web site. To apply for CDP,
you must meet several criteria: 3 years experience
in health care, Certified / Licensed in a health
care profession or hold a Masters or Ph.D., Complete
an approved Alzheimer's and Dementia Seminar that
is approved by the NCCDP. A list of instructors
who are offering these classes in your state are
listed on the site. If you're an activity professional
working in health care and are not certified, the
NCCDP encourages you to contact National Council
of Certified Activity Professionals at www.nccap.org
for a list of courses in your area and to download
their application to become a Certified Activity
Director or Certified Activity Assistant.