The Activity Professional's Notebook

Tips and articles relevant for today's Activity Professional
Gratitude is a Virtue

Gratitude is a Virtue

Gratitude is a Virtue by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS Is the glass is half full or half empty?  Do you believe the sun will come out tomorrow?  Whatever happens, good or bad, can you find the positive in things?  Even in your darkest hour, can you find something to...

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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 more...

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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...

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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...

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Expressing through Expressive Activities

Expressing through Expressive Activities

Expressing through Expressive Activities by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS The activity professional utilizes engagement in the creative arts in day to day programming. Involvement and positive responses to art projects, music programs and movement groups are noted...

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What’s New?

What’s New?

Everybody has their story as to how they ended up in activities. Here is mine. I answered an ad to be a “Friendly Visitor” when I was a senior in high school. I saw the ad in the high school guidance office and the guidance counselor suggested volunteering in a...

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