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The Benefits and Balance of Tracking Self Directed Activities

As a recreationist, you are committed to providing a wide range of programs that are relevant to your residents’ needs and interests. At the same time, many of your clients also engage in other leisure time pursuits that are not on your calendar (we call them self directed activities) – and that is fantastic. Some…
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Responding to Family Members’ “On-the Spot” Questions

Let’s paint the picture: one staff member is off sick today and you are covering for her; you are in the middle of setting up materials and the room for the next program (one that you personally haven’t run for years!); a volunteer for this afternoon’s program called in to say she couldn’t make it…
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Sharing Your Knowledge with Administrators and Other Staff

As recreationists, we need and want to share information about our residents, programs and department with others. While we know what is important to us, what we think is important, or great, may not always be the best message to send to others. Let’s take a look at effective “messaging” with two different groups –…
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5 Lovely Activities for Seniors on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be a fun time to share love with our friends and family so why not do some extra special activities with your seniors as well? Here are five ideas for Valentine’s Day activities you can do with your residents! 1) Match The Famous Couples Create a list of 10-20 famous couples (fictional…
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Family Care Conference: YOUR Opportunity to Shine!

When family members (or the resident’s significant others) are present at care conferences, you have a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate how effective you and your staff have been in not only reaching the resident with excellent programs, but also to reinforce the positive impact your programs are having on the life and well-being of the…
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National Puzzle Day: January 29th

Celebrate with your residents this January 29th by bringing out the jigsaw puzzle collection and engaging in a Puzzle Party! We know that putting together puzzles, whether on your own or with a friend or two is fun, but did you also know that it is great for your brain! Puzzles are especially beneficial to…
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Residents At Risk Report: Not Just for Finding Risky Residents

ActivityPro users know that the Resident at Risk (RAR) report, located front and center on the dashboard, is one of the most helpful tools available to the department. You are able to set resident engagement benchmarks so that you are constantly and automatically aware of participation rates and the quality of resident engagement. You can…
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Proving the Quality of Resident Engagement

For too many years, recreationists have simply relied on tabulating the frequency of resident participation in programs to validate success. In other words, the more often a resident attended programs, the better. Unfortunately such a measure doesn’t represent the quality of engagement, particularly if the resident sleeps through the program, or is distracted and disruptive.…
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Testimonials from the Field

Written By: April Lawson, Recreation Manager, Bay Haven ActivityPro is a vital tool in our Recreation Department here at Bay Haven. How anyone in a Recreation position runs without ActivityPro is beyond me? ActivityPro gives us the facts about residents, we do not need to guess, all the information is there ready for us, with…
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Making Tech the Recreationist’s Friend & Ally

Considerations for Both Tech Adopters and Luddites There are two very different types of technology users today: (1) those who love all things “tech” and don’t understand how anyone could exist today without looking at a device (including laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) at least 23 times/day; and (2) those who wish they could revert to…
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