ISSUE - Aug 12, 2003
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
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.
HERE to purchase this manual.
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.
HERE for more information.
Sparking motivation through goal setting
and dementia resources & Home of the
Activity Directors Guide
Foundation.New Great Site
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.
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
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
visit our site for details.
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.
new and exciting program is a program for seniors
interested in writing to children via the web.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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by volunteers at Dorson Home Care Intergenerational
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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
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
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
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
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
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
It is important to nurture someone spiritual
side which can be through gardening, activities, reflection
“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
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.
LNHA, CSW, CTRS, CDP
Stimson, CALA, ADC, CDP