I just wanted to tell you that this addition of "This day in History" is phenomenal!!!! I've been looking for something like this, and to have it all done, makes my job so much easier! I love your website and my seniors enjoy all of the great activities! THANK YOU!!
However there are hundreds of other titles as well!
What are your thoughts on the wide range of job titles that cover the work we do as activity professionals?
This is a popular topic of conversation amongst our members and I have added some comments received previously to this thread. Please share your thoughts.
What is that? What do you do? Activities coordinator is a very good title in my opinion.
So come on, lets get some ideas rolling in and then perhaps we can vote on it ( for fun)
Heather Bay of Plenty NZ
I am eligible to join Diversional Therapists Association of Australia, but I don't want to be called a Diversional Therapist again.
together and the social club clients are on the other side.
love my job very much.
The answer to your question is yes becoming a DT is a great job providing that is what the facility wants from you.
The current situation that is developing at the moment for all DTs that is not right, we are not classed as nurses nor do we have the insurance to cover us if we "god forsake us have an accident with a resident" as we cannot join the Nurses Union. Should a family decide to sue us, we need someone out there to come to our support as an industry and we have been left high and dry while the other departments in aged care have not.
All I am asking is that managers of a facility recognise this, I love the job and would like to return to it but there are not many jobs available for DT,s in the central coast area of NSW.
Please do not let my situation put you off the job as I repeat I have always loved the job and became Demetia Specific as a DT because of it.
I have also worked interstate in a facility that had good management and provided the activity with full support and carers that welcomed us on a daily basis and wanted to to do their side of the job and provide assistance when required.
I just got a bad deal this year with one facility closing down and another not working out due to them wanting too much done by the activity officer.
So please everyone out there look at the job descriptions that are out there when you apply for them and interview the facility when you get an interview not the other way around.
Being a DT is a wonderful career and very worthwhile if you are prepared to be there for everyone on a daily basis, I have been in it for 13 wonderful years and will recommend it anyone who asks me, but keep your eyes open and your wits about you as things are changing everyday and aged care is becoming a growing area amongst the staff in all areas for bullying and intimidation and if we keep this up no one will want to work in it anymore and what will happen to our wonderful elderly people in the future if this happens.
The DT Association should be focusing its energy on lobbying government to have the profession recognised instead of putting people off by worrying about who should be allowed to have full membership to the DT Association ie only people with a uni degree. I for one will not go on to get a degree when the wage is so low and the job is not recognised as a profession. What do others say
i applaude your enthusiasum for changing to EEN it is great as you have the understanding of diversional therapy and can mentor the AIn's into this thinking and get away from the task oriented thinking that i get frustrated with and i agree no matter how much you learn your monetry value does not increase but you know i get great satisfaction from making a difference in the lives of people with dementia seeing them excel in something not just particapate i am eventually going to go into teaching I also left aded care for 3 years and went and worked for a contract cleaning company as there site supervisor at a major outlet it was refreshing and diferent and a i learned a lot that now benefit s me back in aged care it dosent hurt when you are disalusioned to do that it helps you to see where you really want to be.