The Activity Professional's Notebook

Tips and articles relevant for today's Activity Professional
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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To Care Plan or Not to Care Plan

To Care Plan or Not to Care Plan

To Care Plan or Not to Care plan By Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS The requirement or need to write an “activity” care plan for “every” resident in the facility has been debated for years. Some communities have made it a policy to mandate an activity specific care...

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A Wish to Honor the Spirit Within

A Wish to Honor the Spirit Within

A Wish to Honor the Spirit Within by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS      Active engagement is often the goal of many of the activities and interventions offered by the activity professional. Our program success is evaluated by how involved our elders become and the...

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