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Lynda

Recreation Officer From Queensland, Australia


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Lynda 8th Jan 2018 Recreation Officer

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Hi Jodie, I work in a 70 bed facility. We usually run a short exercise program in the morning and another group activity in the morning and one in the afternoon. I find a lot of people do like a rest after lunch, but there are also others who are looking for something to do. We might run a Movie Matinee in the afternoon and have some special afternoon tea, a drive in the bus, a walk outside in the garden, special afternoon teas, cooking, etc. We also do a lot of 1-1's. It is not usually me though, as the paperwork and planning really does make the actual reality of doing things a bit tight at times, but I have an assistant and social nurse and wonderful volunteers who I program in to make sure everyone gets a 1-1 sometime in the week. I think you just have to adapt your programs to suit the needs of your residents. Have a look at your program and talk with the residents to see if there is anything different they would like and make changes where needed. All the best.
Lynda 8th Jan 2018 Recreation Officer

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Hi Jodie, I work in a 70 bed facility. We usually run a short exercise program in the morning and another group activity in the morning and one in the afternoon. I find a lot of people do like a rest after lunch, but there are also others who are looking for something to do. We might run a Movie Matinee in the afternoon and have some special afternoon tea, a drive in the bus, a walk outside in the garden, special afternoon teas, cooking, etc. We also do a lot of 1-1's. It is not usually me though, as the paperwork and planning really does make the actual reality of doing things a bit tight at times, but I have an assistant and social nurse and wonderful volunteers who I program in to make sure everyone gets a 1-1 sometime in the week. I think you just have to adapt your programs to suit the needs of your residents. Have a look at your program and talk with the residents to see if there is anything different they would like and make changes where needed. All the best.
Lynda 8th Jan 2018 Recreation Officer

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Hi Karen,
I think it depends which state you are in. Here in Qld, it is at the end of August.
Lynda 8th Jan 2018 Recreation Officer

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Hi Brian, we had a similar experience. I have been where I am 15 years and always passed with flying colours but not this time. We went through accreditation twice in 6 months because of that. We come undone I think mainly because at the time of the first visit, which was unannounced, we had some very challenging behaviours at the time and we didn't have the support from medical professionals or the expertise to deal with a multitude of problems at that time. In some ways, it was good to come undone, because it meant that action had to be taken to address the things we were all saying needed to change. In my department, I was actually given an extra staff member to assist in that unit 7 days a week. We also had more funding put into the unit to spend on specialised equipment and some structural changes have also been made to assist with the noise levels. It has been a hard 6 months with lots of work done, but we have just passed our second round and given 12 months, so that's a relief. Hope Brian that this might give you some hope that even though you may have received a poor report this time, good things can come out of it. All the best. Lynda
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