October is Resident Rights Month

October is Resident Rights Month

October is Resident Rights Month: It’s All About Me – My Life, My Care, My Choices by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS      October is Resident Rights Month which is an annual event introduced by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care or as it is...
Empathetic Communication with Older Adults

Empathetic Communication with Older Adults

Empathetic Communication with the Older Adult by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS One of my responsibilities as a new activity assistant, way back when, was to run Reality Orientation groups.  I would gather a few memory impaired elders into a room, give out paper and...
Five Steps to an Effective 1-1 Program

Five Steps to an Effective 1-1 Program

Five Steps to an Effective 1-1 Program By Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS Not all residents attend group functions, either by choice or by limited function or cognitive ability. Providing non group participants with 1-1 visits is a requirement that is sometimes hard...
The Activity Professional as Advocate

The Activity Professional as Advocate

The Activity Professional as Advocate By Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS In the whole scheme of professions and occupations, the activity profession is a relatively new profession. Although the healing power of recreation and leisure can be traced back to ancient...