Long Term Care Newsletter
by Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care

THIS ISSUE - Aug 12, 2003

In This Issue:
1- National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners Are you Certified?
2- Spirituality and Aging Article
3- Population and Calendar Analysis
4- Senior Housing Newsletter
5- Resident Council Book
6- Pet Express Pet Therapy & Intergenerational Program
7- Volunteer Management Essentials for Long Term Care
8- Seminar & Courses - Sensory, Dementia Training, Flipped
12- Web Sites of Interest

Resident Council Book

Resident Council Book provides valuable information and important tips about running a resident council. CLICK HERE for more information.


Volunteer Management Essentials for Long Term Care Manual is now available and is a must for every activity director who is responsible for the management and supervision of volunteers. The manual includes policies, procedures, volunteer orientation, welcome packets, interviewing, schedule forms, recruitment, quality assurance, sign in sheets, tracking form, recognition and resources. CLICK HERE to purchase this manual.

Senior Housing Newsletter

Senior Housing Newsletter coming in September and is a valuable tool for social workers, house managers, activity professionals who work for senior housing, leisure communities, ccrc, adult communities, leisure villages, congregate housing and senior citizen apartments. The newsletter will assist in developing ideas for clients, while keeping clients /residents safe and independent in their homes.
CLICK HERE for more information.


Sparking motivation through goal
recreation and dementia resources & Home of the Activity Directors Guide
The Alzheimer’s Foundation.New Great Site
If you are aware of a special link, entertainer, resource, local activity group or just general information that you would like to share, please email us.



Post healthcare employment opportunities on the employment page. For maximum exposure, make sure you not only list your ad with us www.activitytherapy.com but also with www.recreationtherapy.com


Are you unsure of what to write or just need some ideas. We have care plans that offer an interdisciplinary approach to problems. Go to www.activitytherapy.com


We have policy and procedures for your Sensory Program. Sensory is a wonderful sensory program. Many facilities across the United States are opening Sensory rooms. It’s a place for your low functioning residents in a success oriented, failure free sensory environment. This program can be adapted to many types of programs. Please visit our site for details.

Pet Express Pet Therapy & Intergenerational Program

Pet Express is an innovative pet therapy program that involves, children and their pets. Pet Express is a facility sponsored pet therapy program that is offered nation wide. The activity director would contact her local elementary school and invite the children to join the facility sponsored pet therapy program, Pet Express. The training manual comes with a video showing scenes of children with their array of animals, pot bellied pigs, birds, cats, dogs, rabbits and hamsters. The children and animals are shown visiting with residents in a long term care facility. The manual provides all the necessary information and instructions for a pet therapy program. CLICK HERE to order the training manual and video.


A new and exciting program is a program for seniors interested in writing to children via the web. Please contact speede1212@aol.com
All emails are screened and monitored for content by volunteers at Dorson Home Care Intergenerational Program.

Triangle Traveling Stores

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Purchase adapted clothing for special needs residents at our online adaptive clothing store at activitytherapy.com!

Alternative Solutions and Triangle Traveling Stores bring to you a convenient and expeditious way to purchase adaptive clothing online. CLICK HERE to purchase adaptive clothing.


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National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners provides certification for Health Care Professionals as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). If, you have completed an Alzheimer’s and Dementia seminar by an NCCDP “approved instructor”, than you are eligible to apply for certification. It’s easy to do! Visit the www.nccdp.org web site, down load the application and attach the required documents. Many health care professionals are qualified but not certified as Certified Dementia Practitioners. Instructors of health care education courses and In –Service Directors who have not developed a curriculum for dementia can attend the “Train the Trainer Program” that provides hand outs, overheads and resources to teach a 8 hour seminar. The Train the Trainer Program is being offered one last time for 2003, November 15th in N.J. Seating is limited and you will need to book early to guarantee a seat. If, you know of an instructor who already has a Dementia Curriculum and would like to apply as an “approved instructor”, please have them contact the NCCDP. We are beginning the climb of what is expected to be a senior population explosion and one, which will last until the year 2040. The main diagnosis within the senior population will be Dementia. Your staff needs to be trained but also certified to deal with the demands of working with the Dementia population. There are many companies teaching Dementia and offering certification. The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners has set the criteria for a dementia curriculum and standardized the requirements of a Certified Dementia Practitioner. It is recommended that health care professionals receive extensive training in disruptive behaviors, communication and wandering interventions. Please take the time to visit their web site at www.nccdp.org and certify your staff.

Dementia Calendars are now available on the www.activitytherapy.com Web site. The Dementia Calendar provides programming 7 days a week and 7 nights a week and changes on the half hour. The Dementia calendar provides music, reminisce programs, exercise and theme related innovative ideas.

Sensory Calendars will be available for sale for September. The sensory calendar is for residents who can no longer participate in planned group programs due to cognition. The sensory calendar will have activities that utilize the remaining senses, sight, touch, hearing and smell. www.activitytherapy.com

We have many relaxation videos for your dementia population and will appeal to women and men. Two popular videos are Digital Aquarium and Snowfall Serenade.

Spirituality and Aging

As we age, for many, religion and spirituality become much more important. For many, the religious service becomes one of the most important weekly events.

“Spiritual well being is not something achieved once and for all at a younger age. Instead we constantly must work to maintain spiritual health.”

“Just when you think you know what you believe, you find there is so much more. Edward Powers.”

There are other religious / spiritual activities that should be added to the calendars and services offered by the facility.

1. JCAHO requires a spiritual assessment but even if your not joint commission, every facility should be conducting spiritual assessments.
2. If the religion is not documented on the chart, the staff should go back and interview staff. If you conducted an audit, statistics show that about 25% of your charts have no documented religion. There should be a strong attempt by administration to find out all religions for every resident.
3. The calendar should offer Group Study and Educational Opportunities.
4. Offer taped sermons for those who are unable to make the weekly services. You could tape the sermon each week.
5. Prayer, Meditation and Personal Reflection. Do you provide a place for this? It could be a garden, chapel or a quiet room.
6. Church services to fit all the needs. Do you offer services for the different religions in your building? You could contact the church and ask for a volunteer, even if they only come monthly, would address the needs of those who are not attending church.
7. Add Bible reading, Bible Study and daily affirmations.
8. Are their Bibles on Tapes, Bibles in the rooms and other reading religious materials offered. There are many organizations that offer free religious materials.
9. Bereavement Services
10. Support Groups with your volunteer clergy to talk about spirituality. The support groups could talk about the positives of growing old, such as freedom to pursue hobbies, prayer, study. The support group could provide support for spiritual development.

The facility should post the names of the clergy, their church affiliation and their phone number. The clergy should be provided a list of all new admissions so the clergy can keep an up to date list of residents. It is important that the religious lists be kept current and updated.

It is important to nurture someone spiritual side which can be through gardening, activities, reflection and volunteering.

“God’s gift of long life brings with it gains and losses, both of which can lead to the continued development of our spirituality.”

Population and Calendar Analysis

Population and Calendar Analysis: Why do these? Often times, the activity department simply plugs programs into a calendar with no thought to their current population. How do you know how many CVA clients you have? How do you know how many dementia clients you have? A calendar analysis and population analysis provides the same type of important information as the much relied upon Quality Indicator Report.

Unless you conduct a population analysis, you don’t know what your strengths and weakness are within your programming. The population analysis form will identify how many room bound, bed bound, npo, dementia and special population clients you have so that you may plan and implement activities to fit the needs of your current population. The Calendar Analysis will help you identify where you’re weak in programming and where your strengths are. For example, it will identify how many empowerment programs you have. You might have too much intellectually stimulating and not enough empowerment groups or you may have plenty of programs for the elderly population and not enough for your younger group. One of the most important findings is how much or little programming you have for your dementia population and very low functioning. If a state surveyor determines that “someone has declined through lack of stimulation,” you will be cited. Don’t let that happen!. Take the time to conduct a population and calendar analysis. We recommend that this be completed yearly as a part of your Quality Assurance Program. It’s a valuable tool to add to the Activity Directors resource library. www.activitytherapy.com

Seminar and Courses

90 Hour Basic and Advance Management MEPAP 1 & 2 now accepting registration for the September classes which will be held in NJ on Saturdays 9-5. Take the road to certification.

Work Place Violence, Ethics, Forgiveness, Wandering & Hoarding, Support Groups, Stress Management Sensitivity Awareness Training, Spirituality and the Elderly, and Communication seminars, please view our web site for dates and locations. All seminars are 4 ceus.
Dementia Seminars are 7 ceus and are scheduled to begin in September. You may register online at www.activitytherapy.com and click on courses and Gordon Social Work Consultants.

Flipped-Up Close and Personal. The Ultimate in Role Reversal & Sensitivity Awareness Training. This workshop id designed for long term care staff to promote, educated and ensure quality care with a full understanding of the long term care patient as an individual. It is imperative to be sensitive to and utilize appropriate interventions for special issues and concerns of the long term care patient. The workshop addresses the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual concerns of patients who suffer from cognitive, sensory and physical impairments, as well as issues of abuse, infantilism, age and gender differences, sexuality and cultural differences.

Here is how Flipped works: Our staff arrives and interviews 2 staff chosen by your facility. Those two staff become patients for the morning and our staff become the CAN/Nurse… and the role reversal begins!!! The entire process is video taped and at the end of the day there are all-staff in-services presented by your 2 participants and our staff. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the all-staff in-service. While it is fun, it is also quite serious. No one leaves the workshop without a heightened awareness of one’s own actions and the very delicate needs of our patients. Contact



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On behalf of Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care Staff, we hope that you enjoy the last few week of summer. Relax and have fun.

Lisa Reidinger, LNHA, CSW, CTRS, CDP
Executive Director


Sandra Stimson, CALA, ADC, CDP
Executive Director



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