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6 Secrets to Get Families Involved with Your Programming

Involving families in certain types of programs for residents, and in certain circumstances, should be seen as a positive approach to programming. Rather than voicing concern that you are not providing enough programming, when families become involved, they know that their loved-one is engaged, and they see first hand how well you are doing your…
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Finding and Engaging the Non-Engagers

Every home has residents we call “reluctant” engagers – people who make the decision they do not want to be involved in programming. They obviously present a special challenge to the recreation staff, because we want everyone to be involved! As recreationists, we must accept two import facts: Residents have the right to choose, and…
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Enlist other staff to help track resident engagement

We know how busy the workday is for recreation staff. You get into work, turn on your computer, have a sip of your morning coffee and then a co-worker comes by to say hello… Next thing you know you’re five minutes away from starting the Chair Exercise program! You spend 15 minutes portering the residents…
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True Recreation Stories: Tips For Your Next Department Review

The other week I received a support call from Julia* who had started working in her new role as Activities Director a few months ago. Prior to her placement at this particular home Julia hadn’t used ActivityPro before, but the staff at the new home had fully embraced the program and Julia fell in love…
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Resident Councils: The Politics of Serving Diverse Residents

While we don’t usually associate Resident Councils with politics, the reality is Resident Councils are intended to give voice to the people, a basic premise behind political democracy. A well-functioning Council not only provides an excellent platform for residents to voice their concerns, but it serves as an excellent barometer relative to resident/client satisfaction for…
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The S.O.S. Programming Trend: Short, Often, Smaller!

Yes, if you work in a typical long term care (LTC) community, it is time to send out an S.O.S. announcement about the direction of your programs! And the key message about where your programs are headed is: Short – as in more programs being shorter in length Often- as in offering programs more frequently…
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Be the “Star” at Family Care Conferences

Resident care conferences with families represent a fantastic opportunity for you to really show how great your home and Recreation Department are doing in terms of meeting the needs and responding to the interests of the resident. When families attend the “annual” multidisciplinary care conference, the other department may primarily focus on information and data…
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