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Activity Director From Nevada, United States

About Susan: Susan Berg is a freelance writer, retired healthcare professional, retired Activity Director and current writer for several senior care e-magazines with more than 20 years of experience working with Senior Citizens and eight years experience writing for a number of publications. She is the author of a book for those with dementia and their caregivers. Susan has two blogs about activities for seniors and information vital to all wanting to know about dementia. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and North Shore Community College.

Senior Citizens
Susan is an expert on senior citizen issues. She is currently a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant(COTA). In this role, she has worked with senior citizens. Susan is an expert on adapting and modifying activities so that seniors can participate in them. She spent twenty years as an Activity Director in nursing homes. She devised, planned, coordinated, and facilitated stimulating activity programming. Also she designed a program for homebound senior citizens. Currently, Susan shares her knowledge about senior activities on one of her blogs.


Susan is also an expert on dementia and related issues. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner(CPD). She has participated in numerous workshops, seminars and alike where she has gained much knowledge. Her work as an Activity Director and COTA has given her much knowledge and experience in relating to individuals with dementia. Susan is passionate about sharing her knowledge. She is hopeful that people will do what they can to prevent or at least slow down dementia in themselves or loved ones. Susan has shared many tips on how to prevent dementia or slow it down on her other blog.

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Susan 3rd Mar 2019 Activity Director


Hi Natalia
I do not have a specific Doll therapy care plan
Remember care plans should be individualized so start with the problem statement and how using Doll therapy is going to help thi
Then say what the resident is going to do such as resident's name will engage in or get pleasure from or respond to or whatever happens When they interact with dolls
Say how long this happens and how many times a week they do it
Here are some ideas of others who used doll therapy
Here is some information on how to write a care plan
Let me know if I can be of any more help
Susan 3rd Mar 2019 Activity Director


That's very interesting Leslie I just don't want a surveyer to miss interpret what you are doing
This happened to me and luckily I had documentation to show that the residents really enjoyed this activity and got much from it
Susan 28th Feb 2019 Activity Director


Some inspectors may see this as childish so I'll make sure you include that the residents get much pleasure from reciting the nursery rhymes
You could also tell familiar stories and poems and have them repeat the words to songs or songs titles
Susan 23rd Feb 2019 Activity Director

10 Ways to Embrace Cultural Diversity in Your Workplace

One good way to celebrate diversity is to celebrate international we are family day this can bring everyone in your facility together.

Another challenge is when some residents especially those with dementia show some prejudice which can be hurtful to the staff
It is a good idea to talk about kindness with your residents even though world kindness day is in November
Here are some ideas

Despite everyone's best effort's some residents can display hurtfulness
Susan 21st Feb 2019 Activity Director


Here is a good place to start these surveys are supplied by Golden Carers
Susan 21st Feb 2019 Activity Director


I have heard of it but I agree with Solange that it would be too confusing for some of the residents and probably not worth the money

I bought tablets for the residents to use and installed simple apps on them Some residents like them but you must spend time explaining how to use them it's more for independent residents or residents there for sure term rehab

We have used the WII with a small group of residents there are many game options you could use depending on the interest of your residents
Susan 20th Feb 2019 Activity Director


Hi Vicki
This depends on what deficits the resident has from the stroke and how long it has been since this person had the stroke

There can be many deficits from changes in vision to no speech to un able to use his arms or legs or both

Also depends on the goal of this person to engage in activities

You want him to feel good about doing the activity and you want him to be able to do it or come close to being able to do it

It is best to talk to his physical and occupational therapist to see what they think he can do and what he need to work with

FOr example
For poor vision this is an idea on C
Golden Carers
For trouble speaking try these activities suggested on Golden

For trouble using his hands or legs try the suggestions on golden Carers

If you need more suggestions give me some more information about the patient and I will be able to help you further
Susan 15th Feb 2019 Activity Director


You could try this from golden Carers or make something similar to fit your needs

If you provide me with your email address I can send you one that I use as an activity care plan if that interests you
You could adapt it and modify it as necessary
Susan 14th Feb 2019 Activity Director

20 Fabulous Day Trip Destinations for Seniors

Great idea Owen
Susan 14th Feb 2019 Activity Director

Hollywood Stars Bingo

You could also use these pictures as an Identitng game especially for lower functioning residents
You could enlarge the pictures for those who are visually impaired
You could do this as a reminiscing activity also