Helpful Articles

Unraveling the Activity Care Plan Puzzle

Vanessa Emm, BA, AC-BC, ACC and Myrtle Klauer, AP-BC, ADC, CAP

There have been many debates and some confusion surrounding the issue of whether Activity Professionals should, and are required to, write a care plan for each resident. The National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) has decided to take a more in-depth look into this issue and provide some helpful insight and regulatory information.

Activity-based goals and approaches are vital to residents in long term care. Under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance to regulation F249, it states: “An activity director is responsible for directing the development, implementation, supervision, and ongoing evaluation of the activities program. This includes the completion and/or directing/delegating the completion of the activities component of the comprehensive assessment; and contributing to and/or directing/delegating the contribution to the comprehensive care plan goals and approaches that are individualized to match the skills, abilities, and interests/preferences of each resident.”

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Activity Inservices for Non-Activity Staff

Linda Amoroso Public Relations Trustee

With the changes in our industry and regulations, it is even more important to become a leader in our communities.  One way to do this is share your expertise and knowledge with others.  We can do this by offering to inservice all staff on how to do small group and one on one programs. Here are a few inservices that will get you started.

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The Activity Professionals’ Role in Preventing the Spread of Colds and Flu

The holidays are approaching quickly and so is cold and flu season. As activity professionals, we need to make sure we are not responsible for spreading colds and influenza to the residents, volunteers and interdisciplinary team.  All health care workers should be proactive and protect the residents and others by getting immunized against this year’s common flu strain combined with protection from H1N1 influenza, which promises a return again this year.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause substantial illness and death among long term care residents and illness for the staff and volunteers. The largest outbreaks of flu usually occur between December and March.  Sample in-service questions are included at the end of this article. These can be used for training your staff and volunteers.Click for complete article

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