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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 26th Nov 2018 Activity Director


For your new years celebration use the suggestions here
We used many of these ideas
In addition will you would use a beach ball and have a resident hold it over their head and hold onto it while we counted from 10 to 0 and then said happy new year
I have a special entertainer unless the weather was bad but we would have our party with the entertainer or not
Before the party we would make noise makers
Before of the toast which I made homemade champagne with diet soda and juice
We would give glass of juice to each resident and one we got to zero we would hold the glass up and say happy new year everyone would drink their juice and then they would shake their noisemakers
We would invite family members to join us they seem to enjoy the celebration
The room was packed but there were still some resident who could not come so we would go to their room and drink a glass of fake champagne and give them a noise maker and say happy new year to them
They really enjoyed this
Susan 26th Nov 2018 Activity Director

Countdown to Noon!

I love the suggestions here go to the forum to see more of my ideas
Susan 23rd Nov 2018 Activity Director


I am not a great organizer but I had some people who were the only thing is you need to be with them so you know where everything is being put
Molly has some great ideas too
Susan 23rd Nov 2018 Activity Director


I do not have a flyer but you can look online or you can use one that they have on: Golden Carers or you can use the free clipart they have for Christmas and just arrange them on the paper of the way you want here is the Golden Carers
Here is something online that you may or may not have to pay for mayor may not be a pain in the neck but you decide
Here is a place to find free Christma clip art
Susan 22nd Nov 2018 Activity Director


This is a difficult but somewhat common problem
It is hard to redirect residents like this because they will forget what you told them and they will think they have to do what they have to do so my advice is to do a room search when they are not In the room
It's amazing what you'll find in residents rooms
In fact it's a good idea to help residents straighten out their room and you may be amazed at what you find
Susan 22nd Nov 2018 Activity Director


It's a good idea to post a weekly calendar in a common area so that the residents can see it
Here are some member ideas

Here are some sample calendars from other activity directors
Susan 21st Nov 2018 Activity Director

20 Fabulous Day Trip Destinations for Seniors

Thank you so much those are also good ideas
Susan 19th Nov 2018 Activity Director


This is a challenge
Who is insisting that the short term residents be involved in activities??

Speaking from personal experience I was in short term rehab because I broke my hip and I was not in any mood to do activities I wanted to get better and get out of it and that's what I think many short term residents want

I don't know if you have entertainment but that is always something good for all residents also some short term residents might like to play bingo

Another idea is to bring them things they can do independently because They can't do that but can't get around that well

Just make sure your progress notes and care plan reflect their feelings about activities

This might help you too

These people might be your future volunteers
Susan 19th Nov 2018 Activity Director


I know world kindness day just passed but it got me to thinking about how residents and staff could be unkind and not even intentionally so if you sense that a resident feelings have been hurt it's a good idea to have an impromptu kindness group or you could even have it as part of another activity

Have a discussion about what it means to be kind and maybe read some kindness poem discuss them and maybe make up your own or have the residents help you make them up

This not only will help residents think about being kind but it's a good creative activity as well
Susan 14th Nov 2018 Activity Director

What to Include in a Staff Meeting

I think the social worker should help you with this you don't want it to turn into a complaining session and you don't want to talk about specific residents
Who is asking for the meeting???
Do they want you to cover certain topics ???
Is this something you're doing before your annual survey so you can get all the issues that might be brought up at the survey out in the open ????
Is this something to promote your facility ????