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Long Term Care Newsletter
by Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care

March 2006 Issue


Nutritional Concerns and Recommendations for Alzheimer's and Dementia : A guide for long term care and Dementia Units

Abilitations: "Full Sensory Line for Room Visits and Sensory Rooms" - Over 300 new products.

Creating Moments of Joy Book is an excellent tool to use for your communication in-service and provides excellent examples of what to say for repeated questions by your dementia clients. It shows how to enter their reality and live their truth and avoid catastrophic reactions when you try to use reality orientation vs. living their truth.

Wake Up which is an excellent sensory book for your low functioning clients.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge - Every Activity Director will want this book as part of their intergenerational programs! This is perhaps the most moving book you will ever read!

Activity Planning Work book for Dementia provides excellent activities for dementia.

Moth Balls in My Attic
Therapeutic Recreation professionals, Activity Planners, staff and volunteers use the book to stimulate memory recollection and life review.

Dietary Care Plans for Dementia Clients

Memory Lane DVD
Memory Lane’s family of products, from the creators of Baby Einstein® (now part of The Walt Disney Company) can transform caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s into a positive, uplifting experience on many levels.

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This newsletter is sponsored by:

National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
"Free CEUS for CDP's" See our web site for details.

Guidance 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 building.

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. activitytherapy@aol.com

Sandra Stimson CALA, ADC, CDP
Executive Director

Lisa Reidinger LNHA, CTRS,CSW, CDP
Exeuctive Director

Alternative Solutions' New Look and New Shopping Cart

If 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:

Quality Assurance for Activity Programs 2nd Edition by Richelle N. Cunninghis and Elizabeth Best Martini

Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings by Margaret P. Calkins, Sherylyn H. Briller, Mark A. Proffitt, Kristin Perez

The Dementia Care Plan Dictionary

Sing-a-long Videos
Melody Lane's "Songs from the Heart" - Volume 1
Melody Lane's “Songs for the Soul” - Volume 2
Melody Lane's “Christmas Memories” - Volume 3
Melody Lane's “Heroes and Home Fires WWII” - Volume 4

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 index page.

Free CEU's

Announcement 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.

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Creating Moments of Joy

Dementia Relaxation Videos

Ethics Resource Company

GoodLife Adult Daycare

Parkway Manor Health Center


Memory Lane


Galleria del Lago

Families of Loved Ones

Mothballs In My Attic

The Activity Director's Office

Elder Rage

Quality Care Consulting Company

Idyll Arbor Long Term Care Resources

Accu-Trace, LLC
Employment Screening Services

New Lifestyles
The Source for Seniors
Area Guides to Senior Residences and Care Options

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