11 Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Working as an Activity Director

11 Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Working as an Activity Director

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When I started my first Activity Director job, I was only a few years out of college. While I had worked with seniors in a skilled nursing community before, nothing quite prepared me for taking on an Activity Director role.

When I started my first Activity Director job, I was only a few years out of college. While I had worked with seniors in a skilled nursing community before, nothing quite prepared me for taking on an Activity Director role.

Here are a few things I wish someone had told me in those first few weeks, months, and years.



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Stephanie 2nd Mar 2022 Life Enrichment Director
I agree with all of these, and also about making time for research! I have worked in Recreation now close to 10 years and it really makes a difference to be approachable and fun, but also professional. You set yourself up for success by engaging but also learning way to stary relevant, have appropriate boundaries and focusing on an uplifting and encouraging, safe environment for all!
Susan 2nd Mar 2022 Activity Director
Hi Stephanie
Thank you for your suggestion
Leisel 23rd Feb 2022 Leisure And Lifestyle
Loved these tips. I have only been in the role as an assistant for 6 months and just about to start Cert IV Leisure and Lifestyle. Our activities cupboard definitely needs a clean up and I appreciate the reassurance to be a little bold to shake things up a bit and keep the vibe stimulated and fresh.

"Men can have 1000 reasons why something cant be done, when all they need is one reason for why they can"
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Talita 27th Feb 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback Leisel!
Zorinah 21st Feb 2022 Diversional Therapist
I loved all of the above tips, I have one to add that may be helpful. I schedule an hour each week to learn something new; and this is where this site comes in REALLY HANDY. Just one hour researching how other facilities do things and making notes on how I can improve with the activities we are already conducting- this has turned into one of my favourite parts of the week. I make myself a cup of tea, get comfortable and research. I find that this keeps my thinking fresh and encourages me. I have a note book to jot down any relevant info, I try to implement positive changes over the following month and record the results.
Susan 21st Feb 2022 Activity Director
Hi Zorinah
Thank you for your suggestions
Lorraine 15th Feb 2022 Recreational Director
thank-you so much. As an Activity director for 12 years I look back and realize that I have learned so much along the way. I totally agree with your comments. my most important realization has been to hire for my weaknesses. I always use the word team when describing my department because it emphasizes how we support one another with our strengths. Peace!
Talita 21st Feb 2022
Wonderful tips to add to this list Lorraine, thank you so much.
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