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Activities Director From Florida, United States

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Whitney 31st Aug 2021 Activities Director

15 Tips for an Active Resident Council

I shared this with our new council president. She is so excited to start making changes! This works as a great outlined for what she has planned. Thank you!
Whitney 30th Aug 2021 Activities Director


Well, I work at a nursing home/rehab facility so I have many residents that are STC. It's almost always the case that they want to keep to their rooms and only come out for therapy or family visits. They want to get out of here ASAP and I can't blame them. I know it's because they don't want to be reminded that they are in a nursing home, even if it's just for rehab. I don't know how to encourage them to participate when it's the environment that's the problem. Of course, due to Covid, my options are limited. Any ideas?

I've also been having some issues with the Nursing staff. We have a very clickish atmosphere and it starts from the top down. Their thought process seems to be that Activities is here to make things easier for Nursing. We are met with hostility most of the time, whether we extend a helping hand or not. There is a sense of entitlement from most of Nursing. I've written a CNA up once for how she treated a resident in my rec room and the DON threw out the paper work. The DON has been confrontational with me in front of residents and with our Administrator in morning meetings. Her assistant is just as bad. The ADON had made some very unprofessional remarks to me personally (through text of all things, so it's in writing) and has had to be retrained in management because of it. I know it's only a matter of time before the problem handles itself, but I would like some advise on how to handle situations like these confidently and professionally. What steps should I take, if any?

Lastly, I have to put in 2,000 hours on the clock before I take my national exam. I already have my certificate from the classes I took online. What do I need to focus on for the nationals? Any study guides or websites I should look at? Are there any groups I could join besides Golden Carers?

Thank you all for the guidance! :)
Whitney 25th Aug 2021 Activities Director


Hello everyone! I'm a new Activities Director (under a year) and I was wondering if there were any particular sites to reach out to other directors/coordinators besides this one? Not just for ideas for activities, but also for the department as a whole. I've had zero training and I've never held a supervisory position before this one. I now have a basic idea of how things are done, but any advise is greatly appreciated.
Whitney 24th Aug 2021 Activities Director

Celebrating Grandparents Day

What would be a good way to celebrate this on lockdown? A tablet for the grandchildren/family to video chat?
Whitney 6th Jun 2021 Activities Director

12 Fun Social Clubs to Start at Your Community

I started a Busy Bee Club. Some of my residents love helping out when it comes to decorations or party planning!