Optimal Activities - Staff & The Physical Environment

Optimal Activities - Staff & The Physical Environment

User Profile By Susan Berg   United States

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An optimal activity environment greatly influences your ability to provide the best possible activities for your residents.


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Susan 28th Jan 2021 Activity Director
Hi George
Maybe you can get some volunteers like family members
Maybe you can get some staff members from other departments to help
What does your boss say??
What about Other department heads
What did they have to say??
Maybe you have some residents who are high functioning that could run a group for you
Otherwise you may have to do independent activities which is not ideal
Susan 29th Jan 2021 Activity Director
Hi George
Here is another thought
I do not know where you are from but in the US the department of Medicare and Medicaid services requires that all staff are responsible for activities
They do not have to do anything fancy but they should help you out
Susan 6th Jul 2017 Activity Director
Yes the staffing ratio is optimistic hopefully you can get some volunteers to help you so the staffing ratios will be better perhaps also you can get resins to volunteers to help you. If you have higher functioning residence that would be willing to help that would to help you and it would make them feel good about helping . Maybe you can get family members to help you so the ratios can be better
Susan
Chris 4th Jul 2017 Volunteer Programme Manager
Hello - I am interested in staff ratio's. The article suggests 1:4 however this seems a long way from what we often see with a ratio of one activities coordinator or DT to over 40 residents.

What sort of ratio do others have?
George Vowell 12th Jul 2017
Hi Chris, we have just dropped down to 60 residents : one DT. Our memory support unit really needs a DT in there all day and if they need help the ratio will be 90 residents : one DT. totally impractical.
simonne 27th Jan 2021 Support worker
Yes, its a very important question, high risks when lifestyle staff are left with large number of residents and no support.
simonne 27th Jan 2021 Support worker
Oh George how awful, it makes the job horrible.
Susan 27th Jun 2017 Activity Director
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