ABOUT THIS COURSE:
The need for meaningful experiences, stimulation, and relationships does not end when older adults become residents of a long-term care facility. These needs remain vital to residents self-esteem, well-being, and quality of life. Activities are one method of providing these needs to older adults in long-term care. Activities are a vital part of everyones daily life. After a long day at work, what do you do to relax and unwind? Do you enjoy a crossword puzzle, reading the latest news magazine, or working in your garden? Activities provide stimulation; help to promote self-respect and independence; and enhance physical, mental, and emotional health. At a long-term care facility, residents can participate in various activities and events that enhance their quality of life and meet their needs, interests, and abilities. Activities are more than games or a means to keep residents busy. Each resident in a long-term care facility is an individual with their own needs, abilities, and preferences. Every resident in a long-term care facility had their own routine prior to admission. You should know your residents history and past routines. Every resident admitted to a long-term care facility is assessed by the Activity Department, and then an individualized plan of activities is developed for each resident. It is important for you to be familiar with each residents individualized activities program so that you can help to incorporate that routine in their activities and care. While the Activity Department is responsible for the assessment and establishing residents individual plans, it is not the only department responsible for making sure residents participate in and enjoy their daily activities. Making sure residents attend and participate in activities is everyones responsibility. As a staff member in a long-term care facility, you have a responsibility to ensure that each resident can benefit from their activities. Regardless of which department you are part of, you have a responsibility to work together with the Activity Department to ensure that residents enjoy and are able to participate in activities, so they can improve their quality of life. It is important for you to know your role in ensuring that residents are able to participate in and enjoy appropriate activities. This course has been designed with those objectives in mind.