A Food Affair: Enhancing Activities with Food
Nothing brings people together, regardless of our differences, better than food. We all have a love affair with food. True, we must consume it to survive, but it brings a lot more to the table then that. It is one of the few activities that evokes all of our senses and can effectively wipe away the blues, if only for a while. Eating food is a pleasure in itself, but so too is the experience of making it. As Activity Directors, it is inevitable that food will be incorporated into our programs, either as the star of the show or as background for another planned event. This workshop is designed to help you plan food events that leave everyone satisfyingly full; emotionally and physically. So grab your apron and let’s get our hands dirty as we bridge the gap between us.
- Understand the safety concerns and regulations regarding food activities as stated under Federal Regulation 812.
- Understand the importance of food and how to utilize it as a tool for life enrichment.
- Consider the cultural use of food and how you may be able to incorporate it into your program.
- Learn a variety of ways to program food into your calendar effectively.
- Food Safety: Federal Tag 812
- Breaking of Bread
- Food Clubs
- Food as the Star
- Food as the Co-Star
Alzheimer's Approved: Understanding & Planning
Alzheimer’s is a serious form of Dementia that affects over half of the residents we care for in long term care. Currently there are around 5.2 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s in the United States. Every 67 seconds another person is added to that rapidly growing statistic. It is expected that the Baby Boomers will single handedly increase the current number of 5.2 million to a whopping 16 million by 2050. The impact of this is huge and it will obviously affect many areas of our economy and society. As Activity Directors, it has the ability to completely change the way your department operates. For those of you already working within this population, you know the criterion for planning activities is wildly different then planning other senior related activities. This can create many challenges, but if you are creative and passionate is could also provide you with some really amazing opportunities to have an enormous impact on a subset of our growing population that needs your help. This workshop is intended to build your understanding of the disease and those that suffer with it, while offering valuable tools to incorporate into your program so that you can truly improve the lives of those you serve.
- Identification of behavioral triggers, issues, & potential solutions.
- Comprehension of Alzheimer’s disease and its effects.
- Variety of Alzheimer’s approved activities.
Newsletters: How-To Workshop
Newsletters are an important tool for making your activity department a success. They initiate involvement throughout the facility and community, while establishing your activity program.
- Importance and benefits of utilizing a newsletter in your activity program.
- Developing your newsletter.
- Newsletter content, fillers, and setup.
- Adapting your newsletter to meet the needs of your desired audience.
- Distributing your newsletter.
Towards the Light: Part I - The Dying Process and Helping the Family
Death. It’s intense, scary and sad. There is no denying these things. However, that is only half the picture. There is another more joyful and celebratory way to handle what is, ultimately all of our fate. It can be very overwhelming and uncomfortable when one of your residents reaches the end of their lives. Knowing what to say and do can sometimes leave you feeling inadequate to help. I believe the first step in overcoming some of these issues as the Activity Director is having a level of understanding about what actually is occurring. In this workshop, we will cover the dying process from a spiritual standpoint. We will also go over different rituals of death by faith so that you may be more sensitive to each individual’s needs. Finally we will cover ways in which you can help the family and friends of your resident to cope, which in turn can help to provide more peace for the dying.
It is my goal to help you bring a different energy forth so that you can help infuse the situation with an element of acceptance. I know you have an enormous heart, which is what lead you to this profession in the first place. I want to help you shine even more LOVE into your Love Centered Life as you help your residents and their families say goodbye.
- Develop an understanding of the resident and the dying process.
- Understand different rituals by faith.
- Learn ways to comfort the resident and their friends and family.
- Understanding Dissolution
- Rituals by Faith
- Helping the Family
Towards the Light: Part II - Planning for the Terminal Resident
Ironically dying is as much about living as it is dying. While the families and friends of your terminal resident may be focused on the imminent death, you and your resident will be forced to focus on the limited time left for living. This is, of course, is a natural part of dying. Your resident will want to reflect, seek closure and understanding, and engage in meaningful experiences. This is where you come in as the Activity Director. You have the beautiful gift of helping an amazing soul find its way towards the light. This may seem daunting and you may even feel incapable, but I assure you that you are the person for the job. Your huge heart and Love Centered focus has brought you to where you are as a tool for healing and everything that is needed is within you. This course is meant to arm you with loving information, understanding, and ideas that will guide you along. In the second part of the Towards the Light course, we will learn even more about the dying process from the dying residents’ perspective and we will take an in depth look at types of activities and communications that are most effective for you to utilize during this sensitive and profound period.
It is my goal to help you shine even more LOVE into your Love Centered Life as you help your residents and their families say goodbye.
The truest end of life is to know the Life that never ends. – William Penn
- Develop an understanding of the resident and their end of life needs.
- Learn ways to comfort other residents witnessing the process.
- Understanding the types of activities that would most benefit the terminal resident.
- Understanding Needs of the Terminal Resident
- Helping Other Residents Cope
- Activity Planning for the Terminal Resident