The Activity Professional's Notebook

Tips and articles relevant for today's Activity Professional
Developing Guiding Statements

Developing Guiding Statements

John Lennon once said "How can I go forward if I don't know which way I am facing?". This is a profound thought on many levels. The activity profession is a fast paced profession. Once we have one activity planned, we are quickly on to the next. It is easy to lose our...

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Springing Forward with Gardening Programs

Springing Forward with Gardening Programs

Springing Forward with Gardening Programs By Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS The warm weather, sunny skies and desire to be outdoors is a common inspiration to introduce gardening programs within our communities. Many activity professionals get very excited and...

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Knowledge + Power = Activity Professional

Knowledge + Power = Activity Professional

Knowledge + Power = Activity Professional By Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS As a paid profession, the world of therapeutic activities in long term care is a relatively new one, having been formally in existence just forty-four years. The term “activities” was...

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Boys Night Out – Activities for Male Gender

Boys Night Out – Activities for Male Gender

Boys Night Out by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS It is safe to say that the majority of residents in our care communities are female.  Understandably,  our programming reflects this with many activities and topics focusing on interests of women.  Although the men may...

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People, Purpose and Passion – NAPW

People, Purpose and Passion – NAPW

National Activity Professional Week People, Purpose and Passion By Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS The New Year signifies new beginnings. For the activity professional, it is a time to re-group and get organized after one of our busiest seasons. It is also the month...

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Individualized vs. Non vs. I Care Plans

Individualized vs. Non vs. I Care Plans

Individualized vs. Non-Individualized vs. I Care Plans by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS There has been a lot of discussion on social media about individualized and person centered care plans of late. Is it new? What do I have to do differently? Can I see an example?...

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