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2006 Activity Profession Tribute
National Activity Professionals Week 3rd week of January

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Congraduations to Susan Winder Rivera...
winner of the 2006 Activity Professional Tribute.

Our call is one most extraordinary

First we try to figure out
What it is a resident's truly about-
Involving the body, the mind, and the soul
We fill the assessment, develop a goal
We look at the person
and not the dis-ease
We don't want to label
we want to perceive
In the calm of the storm
one can usually see
what a person can manifest
and what they can be,
beyond limitations, unwanted adulterations
beyond morbid fascinations and unheld screams
A higher calling cries out to be heard
in the meloncholy scenes.

It may be the heart
It may be the bones,
It may be the blood
or the brain's chemicals

when the dancer stops dancing through the loss of a limb
we map out and modify
for the resident to win
the original thrill
returned to it's source
back to the fork in the road
before things went off course...

We enliven, enrich, embrace, and encourage
we remove elements that cause to discourage
We enlighten and energize
the lost and forgotten
fan their flames, call their names
deny their Armageddon.

We are teachers, counselors, a healing balm
The soother, the smoother
of things gone wrong
We overcome obstacles beyond comprehension
our course need be steady, beyond apprehension

Our purpose is higher
than the eye can see
and although we do appear quite commonly,
Our call is one most extraordinary.


Susan Winder-Rivera, ADC
Director Therapeutic Recreation
Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Bronx, New York

Honorable Mentions

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UNMEASURABLE SATISFACTION

AS I LOOK BACK OVER THE YEARS AND CONTEMPLATE THE TIMES GONE BY,

I CAN’T SEEM TO STOP QUESTIONING MYSELF AND I OFTEN WONDERED HOW.

HOW DID I EVER THINK THAT I WAS REALLY SATISFIED, WITHOUT GIVING OF MYSELF TO HELP OTHERS, I SOON REALIZED MY LIFE WAS NOT COMPLETELY MINE.

YOU SEE I STUMBLED INTO THIS CAREER AS AN ACTIVITIES PROFESSIONAL JUST THINKING IT WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME.

EACH DAY OUR RESIDENTS GIVE US MORE THAN WE COULD EVER IMAGINE. OUR LIFE IS FILLED WITH LOVING PEOPLE WHOSE WISDOM IS BEYOND COMPARE.

THEY ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO LEND A LISTENING EAR AND A HELPFUL HAND TO ALL THAT ARE NEAR.

FROM THIS EXPERIENCE I SOON LEARNED THE REASON MY JOB IS SO REWARDING IS NOT BECAUSE OF THE ACTIVITIES WE PROVIDES, IT’S MERELY THE LOVE I SEE IN OUR RESIDENTS’ EYES.

ACTIVITIES PROFESSIONALS of
MAGNOLIA MANOR OF GREENVILLE

Doretha Harden, Activity Coordinator at Magnolia Manor-Greenville

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A Day without an Activity Professional

Alas, Alas! There shall be no

Cooking Class, or time for cookies or

Tea, nor will there be

Ice Cream Socials or

Violin lessons for me

It’s such a shame

That there will be no game, of

Yahtzee


Parties, there shall be none, and

Reading Club will be no

Ounce of

Fun


Eeek!

Story time is such a bore,

Sing A Long is but a chore

I can’t take this any more!

Oh please come back, we are in such

Need

Activity Professionals ‘round the world

Love you so, Indeed, Indeed!

Angelica G. Fajardo
CT Care Consultant
Alzheimer’s Association 2007

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Outcome : The Pulse of a Health Care Center

One only has to open the door and with their 5 senses
can quickly tell as to where is the pulse within

The sounds of music, laughter, and social exchange push silence around,
the sights of grins, twinkles mix well among an active crowd..

The smells of popcorn, chocolate cookies drift about pulling you to seek its source
Add to that are the tastes of coffee, mocha, special teas, or cider to please.

then there is the touch of a welcoming hand quickly kissed or tender hug,

Off in the distance you see a small group drawing and talking about,
in the next room is the library and a history class listens with amazement, however it's personal history that means more than the books,

A door opens returning shoppers are greeted by staff transporting residents to see the visiting pups.in the back hall, family members visit a room showing picnic photos of last weekend As I Walk down the hall, there's volunteer Alice reading the mail, and Fred playing cards with the guys.

A quick galance shows the monthly calendar promoteing a fun future with wonderful things to do and interesting choices.ahead.

My senses tell me I'm some place special, some where, where someone has created multiple opportunities for people to participated in life's wonders, and at their level, need, and interest.

In the middle of the hallway is an office of sorts. Activity Professional at your service.

Well, Here’s the pulse and the promised outcome. .I think I've found the heart. I’ve found a professional who creates an active life for different needs. Thank goodness for this passion for it really makes the world a better place. thank you activity professionals.

Mike Watters ACC MTRS
PR&L Management
West Linn OR

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Activity Professional:  January 10, 2007

Nike has a company Logo which says “Just do it”..

There another saying that says Been there done that

Well Activity Professional take a special lead in Verbal li za tion..

Activity Professionals Do More that it. 

WE:

Think it, Create it, Plan it, Schedule it, Discuss it, Decide it, Write it, Committee it, Promote it, Lead it, Listen to it, Speak it, Set it up, Fold it,  Build it, Manage it,  Coordinate it, Communicate it, Push it, Lead it, Run it, Fix it, Clean it, Pass it, Break it down, Put it away, Document it, Thank it, and last but not least    We  Love it.   Happy Activity Professional Week Jan 2007

Mike Watters ACC MTRS
PR&L Management
West Linn, OR

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ANGELS ON EARTH

MARY SMITH HAD PASSED AND STOOD AT THE PEARLY GATE,
SAINT PETER STOOD WITH GOD TO DECIDE HER ETERNAL FATE.
THEY SAID WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO EARN YOUR WINGS.
SHE REPLIED I DIDN'T REALLY DO ANY SPECIAL THINGS.

TO LISTEN, THE OTHER ANGELS HAD GATHERED AT THE DOOR,
GOD SAID THEN WE MUST ASK THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED HERE BEFORE.
WHO AMONGST YOU CAN SPEAK OF THIS PERSON HERE?
ONE OF THEM SPOKE UP AND SAID SHE WAS A DEAR.

SHE ALWAYS GAVE ME HUGS AND COMFORTED ME,
ANOTHER SAID SHE WAS THEIR EYES WHEN THEY COULD NOT SEE.
ONE OF THE ANGELS SAID SHE GAVE ME A REASON TO WAKE EACH DAY,
FOR GOOD DEEDS AND KINDESS SHE ALWAYS WENT OUT OF HER WAY.

ANOTHER SPOKE OF THE HAPPINESS SHE BROUGHT,
ANOTHER SOPE OF GAMES AND TRIVIA SHE HAD TAUGHT.
MANY MORE SPOKE HER PRAISES AND GOOD DEEDS,
AND TOLD OF HOW SHE SATISFIED THEIR WANTS AND NEEDS.

GOD TURNED TO MARY AND ASKED WHAT HER JOB WAS IN LIFE.
HE SAID I KNOW YOU WERE A GOOD FRIEND, MOTHER AND WIFE.
BUT HOW CAN SO MANY SPEAK OF YOU AS KINDLY AS CAN BE?
SHE SAID I KNOW THEM ALL BECAUSE I WORKED IN ACTIVITIES.

GOD SAID IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PROVE YOU EARNED YOUR WINGS,
YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE THAT ON EARTH WHEN YOU DID ALL THOSE THINGS.


KAREN FISCHER
DIRECTOR OF ACTIVITIES
ROYAL SENIOR CARE
ADULT MEDICAL DAY CARE
ATLANTIC HIGHLAND, N.J.

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ACTIVITY PROFESSION TRIBUTE CONTEST

Even though some lay-abouts ignore

The activities placed before,

The rest of us realize that

Planning and shepherding is a chore.

G movies and popcorn,

Crafts to adorn.

Tai Chi and exercise

In an effort to keep us alive.

Dining out is a favorite for some

While Wal-Mart is another fun.

Without our professional runner

Our lives would no longer be funner.

Asa
Windlands East
Madison TN

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ACTIVITY PROFESSIONALS

OUR DAILY BREAD

May we strive to be individuals with tender hearts and a positive attitude.

May we be as children, with dancing spirits, laughing eyes and
believing in our hearts in all that is good and true.

May there be a song in our steps, may our voices be filled with
words of kindness, encouragement and promoting a peaceful
environment.

May we be grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to touch
hands, hearts and lives every day.

May our dreams and goals for tomorrow be shaped and built
upon our hopes for today.

May we as Activity Professionals leave a legacy of caring and commitment
along the way.

Keri Booth
Activity Director
The Gables at Middletown

Judy Miller
Spring Cottage
The Gables at Middletown

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A Tribute to the Activity Professional

Activity professionals, have always been underrated,
“ Nursing is far more important,” nursing professionals have always stated.

“We give the medicine, and take the temperature,”
“ We give the enemas, and take the blood pressure.”

“We call the doctor, when the resident is not well,”
“ We apply the compresses, if the body begins to swell.”

“Twenty-four hours a day, Nursing is always there,”
“ It is Nursing who always provides, the medical care.”

Whereas the Activity professional, has loyalty and dedication,
Nursing truly believes, “they are of most importance and not Recreation.”

It is time for this misnomer, to finally be ended,
And for the Activity professional, to truly be defended.

For the Activity professional, has a most important goal,
Which is to delve into each resident’s mind, body and soul.

And to be able to give, each resident an “inner will”
Is far more difficult, than administering a pill.

What can possibly be greater, than to give each resident a desire to live,
This is something, that no medication can possibly give.

It is the Activity professional, who must know the need of each resident,
From the person who cannot understand, to the one who could name each President.

The process begins with the residents themselves, or one of their references,
To assess and determine, each of their individual preferences.

And to establish an individual activity plan of care,
Whether it be for the resident, who cannot see or cannot hear.

The Activity professional, is always available to answer all questions,
While at the same time, listen to everyone’s suggestions.

“What time is dinner, I want to eat,”
Are we having chicken, pasta, fish or meat?”

“What are we doing today for fun?”
“ Where can I get my nails and hair done?”

“Do you have the music, of John, Paul, George and Ringo?”
“ Can’t we play, just one more game of Bingo?”

“Can my son join me for lunch?”
“ Can we have a Sunday brunch?”

“It is my Mom’s 90th birthday, can we have a private party?”
“ Do you have the reruns, of Laurel and Hardy?”

“Can we go to Atlantic City, for our monthly trip?”
“ Can we have a “male,” come into strip?”

“Can I have an artist, to teach me how to paint?”
“ Can you find reruns, of the TV program, The Saint?”

“Why is Sally, always sitting in my seat?”
“ Did you happen to see, where I left my teeth?”

“Someone stole my money, I know there’s a crook.”
“ Are you sure you saw me, put the money in my pocketbook?”

“Excuse me, did you happen to see my pocketbook?”
“ Can we have a chef, to teach us how to cook?”

“Can you give me a drink, I’m dying of thirst?”
“ Why is Sally, always getting served first?”

“ Can we hear the music, of Ethel Merman and Dinah Shore?”
“ Can we see the reruns, of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore?”

“Can we have exercise, three times a week?”
“ Can we have a guest lecturer, come into speak?”

“Can we have more movies, with comedy and romance?”
“ Can we do-si-do, by having a square dance?”

“The monthly calendar, when does it come out?”
“ The monthly calendar, what is it all about?”

“English my Mother, does not speak or understand.”
“ How will she know, the monthly activities that are planned?”

Whatever language, a resident understands or speaks,
Receives a calendar, in that language every four weeks.

Presently we have residents from China, Hungary, Spain, France, Russia and Belize.
And our calendar is printed in English, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.

Our monthly calendar, is also designed,
Having each resident’s, preferences in mind.

While at the same time, creating programs for each and everyone,
That is stimulating, exciting and filled with laugher and fun.

While at the same time, having a monthly theme,
All being implemented, by our professional Activity team.

December we set out, to “Deck the Halls”
With Chanukah lights, and Christmas balls.

January has a winter theme, “As the Snow Falls,”
Our staff brings the snow, inside our four walls.


Our Dining Room, is filled with crystals of white,
As residents have, their annual snow ball fight.

February is when, “I love you” is said,
And our facility is filled, with hearts and roses in pink and red.

March being Passover, and not eating of the bread,
April has Easter, and looking for the Easter egg.

May is for the planting, of flowers and watching them bloom,
June is the month, we celebrate the bride and groom.

July is the month of stars and stripes, and our annual fireworks display,
This is also the month, we celebrate Independence Day.

August and September, are when we spend a great deal of time outdoors,
Going on trips, to concerts and doing gardening chores.

For the month of October, we have Halloween parties and our annual Oktoberfest.
And for the month of November, we give thanks and remember why we are blessed.

And blessed we are, in every way,
For the quality of life, our residents receive each and every day.

And how each resident, is made to feel so truly special,
Is truly a tribute, to you, the Activity professional.

So for all the work that Activity Professionals do,
This tribute is especially for you.

Neil Kerman
CEO/Owner
Summer Hill Nursing Home
Old Bridge, New Jersey

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“ Activities”

Wake up brain!
Let’s play a game
to have some fun and entertain.

Wake up voice!
Let’s sing a song
to make you happy all day long.

Wake up hands!
Let’s knit a square
to form a blanket we can share.

Wake up feet
and keep the beat,
and dance around and down the street.

Wake up friends!
Let’s hit the road,
Join together, and share the load.

Wake up!
Smile and live the day
Letting our activities guide the way.

This poem, in tribute to the activities profession, was written through the combined efforts of the assisted living residents of the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore, many of who have varying levels of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Sherri Shumate, CTRS, M.Ed
Hermitage Eastern Shore
Onancock, VA

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A Day in the Life Of an Activity Director

Twas the beginning of the day and all through the house,
All the residents are a-stirring and even a mouse!

Good morning, Howdy, and How do you do, are the greetings that meet me,
As I come through the door and look around at the residents I see.

To start my day, at the calendar I glance,
No Bingo today – Not a chance!

It’s something much better, just you wait and see,
A surprise guest with a special talent is who it will be.

A piano player, a singer or an accordion player,
Karaoke music, church choir or maybe an Elvis impersonator.

Talking and chatting around a table of four or five,
A spunky little topic keeps the conversation alive!

Pokeno, Bridge, so many games galore,
It’s for sure that life is never a bore!

Outings to Williamsburg, and the theaters are real treats,
And being all are senior citizens we usually get good seats!

Out for ice cream or just a scenic ride,
It’s always something happening – I just look for a guide.

Shoney’s for breakfast is another treat for us,
We all hop on board the famous Orchard bus.

Church groups, ministers, priests, and preachers,
Bankers, pet therapy, and music teachers.

We come here to live and living it up is what we’re doing best,
We put our activity director to a real test.

To find something for everyone is a hard task for anyone,
With so many talents, interests and hobbies to choose - under the sun.

Wood working, reading, sewing and cooking,
They try to think of everyone and never stop looking.

Contacts, confirmations, and reconfirming is a big job to do,
To find entertainment and schedule them is what I do.

To keep my residents happy is a special career I chose,
How the residents do it all – heaven knows!

They are up before I get here and up when I leave,
Do they ever sleep? Not much I do believe.

So full of energy I sincerely hope they stay,
For I will keep them as busy as I can to help them pass the days.

But when they are unable to attend my program I promise to understand,
I shall sit by their bed, talk to them and hold their hand.

And if the Lord finds fit to call them home to his land,
Forever their memories in my heart will stand.

For those who I have had with me in the activity room,
They will forever linger with me like a beautiful spring bloom.

I love my residents as you can plainly see,
They also bring me great joy and wonderful company!

…..and with this in mind – that’s why I do activities!

Debbie Wilkins, ADC
The Orchard of Warsaw
Warsaw, Virginia

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THEY GET US OUT OF OUR ROOMS

They get us out of our rooms.
They don't push or shove but with new things to do
They offer us games and much more it's true
They get us out of our roomss.

They get us out of our rooms
And if by chance we aren't moving too well
They come with book carts and puzzles to tell
If they can't get us out of our rooms.

They get us out of our rooms
Making us feel wanted by them and by others
Taking our talents, as sisters and brothers
They get us out fof our rooms.

They get us out of our rooms
Their smiles are warm, friendly we feel
They widen our world with love that is real
They get us out of our rooms

Ann
The Haven at Silverwoods
Toms River, NJ

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Why do I do this?
What led my way?
I could have danced
Or painted the day
Sewing or cooking or writing a poem
Planning a wedding, creating a home
So many wonderful things to explore
Travel,adventure,science and more
Is it because I have so much to give?
Or is it THEIR faces, and all that they've lived
Do they need me and my arts and crafts?
Or do I need them when I hear them laugh
Thru their pain and sorrow, death and life
They teach me to nurture , to be a good wife
I pick up my pay check,and think to myself

I'm grateful I have them , to show me my wealth

Susan Kalitan A.D.C,C.D.P
Stein Assisted Living residence
Somerset N.J. t

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Poem

Someone who is kind, one who is divine

The planner, the evaluator, impletmenter,

the shoulder, and the paper work holder.

The advisor... and the driver

The ROCK of many ~ that's the

ACTIVITY DIRECTOR!

Susie Jones, AD/TXC
Hilltop Haven Nursing Facilty
Gunter,TX.

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A Tribute to Activity Professionals

Exercise, Cooking, Active Games and Bingo,
These are all part of rec therapy’s lingo.

A Scenic Ride, a Shopping Trip, Horseracing and Free Time,
These change all the hours from sad to sublime.

Memories, Arts and Crafts, Pokeno and Walking,
Keeps everyone healthy and everyone talking.

Your patience and caring and compassionate touch
All go to show why you mean so much.

The dedication and spirit these professionals show
Impacts all our lives and all those we know.

It is to you that our registrants hurry to share
All their thoughts and their hopes whenever you’re there.

To deny you are special would be so untrue,
For the truth is we couldn’t survive without you.


With Thanks and Gratitude,

Your ADHC Staff

Patricia Costa, R.N.
BROADLAWN MANOR ADULT DAY SERVICES
Amityville, NY

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Their Angel's Wings
 
I heard of some angels that work all day Helping their residents, showing them the way To live each day and to do their best Helping them to shine above all the rest These angels have talent, not just their song and dance They have true heart, compassion and not afraid to take a stance For the love of their residents goes beyond a heartfelt song Their residents know they will never be alone Come each morning the residents sit and wait to hear their angels sing And to feel the comfort of their Activity Professional's wings.

Bryan Rife, ADC and Betty Hill, ADC
Rehab and Nursing Center of Monroe, NC
 

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A Caring Breed, the Activity Professional Seed

Our nursing home is rich for sure
But money plays no part
For you see we serve both rich and poor
And Activities provides the heart.

While most in healthcare do their part sworn
And provide residents good quality care,
Activities thinks beyond the norm with magnificent experiences to share.

With expertise and creativity they gauge
and create unique events
For all residents regardless of age
They bring happiness and content.

Regardless of medical condition
This caring group maintains
The desire to bring events to fruition
with health and wellbeing sustained.

What better way to serve mankind
Then to serve those so in need
A more caring group one could not find
Then in the Activity seed.

So if you ever need a perfect form
Of unwavering desire and caring
Instead of depending on the norm
Look to only to Activities for bearing.

A caring breed, the Activity Professional Seed!

Bob McGowan, L.N.H.A.
Buttonwood Hospital

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She asked me…….?

One day my friend asked me…
Are you happy with your life?
Are you happy with your job?
And it made me think…..
Am I?
I looked at the eyes of Mrs. Delia when I went to work, and my face lit up
She said…. You look beautiful today darling
She tells me that every day
She probably does not even remember my name but she makes me feel good.
1 hour later I met Mr. Soul
He said…… I am going to my son’s for Christmas
He looked like a happy child on Christmas morning right before opening the presents
And I felt happy
In the afternoon I saw Mrs. Miller
She was trying to cut the chicken on her plate
I helped her out, and looked at her while she was enjoying the most basic enjoyment of life “food”
And it made me happy
I had a hard day yesterday
Trying to deal with my own life and the life of the people I care for
But…………. Mrs. Laffite took my hand looked at me and said
I did not like the food today, but my therapist brought me donates
And they were sooooooooooooo good
And I laughed
Yes I work with fragile elderly people
Yes I work with people that may not remember my name
Yes I work with people who make me happy and I get sad when it is time for them to go to heaven.
And yes I am a professional trying to deal with my own life and the life of the people I touch each day

But ask me again
Am I happy with my professional life?

If there is a second life given to me, I will do the same thing again, receipt of the love of my residents is the best part of my professional life
They keep me young with their special ways of youth
They keep me happy with their caring touch

Thanks to all the residents at Morris Hills Center
You are the happy part of my professional life

Alketa Anderegg
Admissions and Marketing Manager
Morris Hills Center

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Activity Director!

Someone who is kind, one who is divine
The planner, evaluator, implementer,
the shoulder, the paperwork holder,
the advisor… and the driver.
The Rock of many that’s the
Activity Director!

Susie Jones, AD/TXC

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TIME FOR EVERY SEASON

Time to be with others
Acceptance.
Opportunities to grow
Spirituality.
Time to smell the flowers
Freedom.
Opportunity to be different
Unique.
Time to laugh out loud
Unjudged.
Opportunities to be engaged
Music.
Time to set new goals
Encouragement.
Opportunities to be creative
Art.
Time to express thanks
Volunteers.
Time to involve families
Celebrate.

Activities: Our celebration of Life.

Activity staff
St. Joseph’s Hospital Extended Care Unit
Comox, B.C

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Activity Professionals

What and how important are we?
Are we only arts and crafts? Do we do the same things over and over?
Do those special people we support really benefit?
Is it worth all the work?

We make our plans, shop for supplies, work short staffed
Sometimes doing the work of two or three people
We answer phones, help solve problems, our heads are spinning
Will they show up today?

Today we have four friends and three are sleeping
Yesterday we had sixteen; we can’t seem to say no, to disappoint
Not enough staff, our bus has broken down

Others say “they don’t need to go it’s only arts and crafts” or “we can do our own thing”
“ I don’t want to drive only one client all the way there
Just to come back again a little while later”
“ I can’t give you my staff I have too much to do”

We have worked so hard, we keep our smiles
It’s not about the out come it’s the process that counts
We do our best to have it all work out
Our friends are laughing at our silly attempts

Wait….

Our friends are laughing and smiling
They are not hurting or uncomfortable
They are not watching TV

Our friends are visiting other friends
Doing new things, enjoying our attempts?
Yes! Having a good time!

He’s not hitting the walls with his chair
He’s not putting fingers in his mouth
He’s watching the activities, not wanting to drive in the van

She’s awake today! She usually sleeps all day
He dislikes dirty fingers, but painted that picture without a brush!
She wants to stay and sing, not go home and stay on the couch

If I can improve the life of just one friend for even a short time
Then I have done my job well and will do it again
I will make my plans despite all the fuss
It is worth every minute

We are Activity Professionals!

Corinna Robic
ARCUS Community Resources
Maple Ridge, British Columbia

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The Special Activity Professionals

One activity, two activities, three activities more,
Activity professionals always have so much in store.

We wear four hats, five hats, six hats plus,
Like leader, friend, server, shopper, and driver for the bus.

Seven emotions, Eight emotions, Nine emotions we give,
We laugh, we cry, we love, we help to live.

Ten events, eleven events, twelve events we plan,
We have even performed mock weddings for a woman & her man.

While ensuring resident quality of life there is always something to do,
Even paperwork, assessments, & tying a resident’s shoe.

So next time you see an activity professional at work,
Know they give 110% without expecting an extra perk.

Theresa Salzman, CALA, CTRS, ADC
HC/ AL Activities Director
Monroe Village
Monroe Twp, NJ


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What it Means

Be a friend and sister, brother too
Have a book in one hand, in the other - glue
Sing, support, be a team, be a person
Add to the home, uplift - never worsen

Be creative, a rock, a student, a teacher
Light a life, a day; make a smile your best feature
Be sensitive, kind, yet also professional
Be discreet, an advocate, a trusty confessional

To be all things with good grace each day
To do it for love and not for the pay
Is a special calling, almost unexplained
You’re an activities hero, professionally trained

Candace Castellino – Recreation Coordinator
Francis E. Parker Memorial Home
Piscataway, NJ


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THOSE WHO LOVE THEM

Activity Professionals are…
Those providing an environment inspiring motivation …in a stage of life which otherwise can be depressing.

Activity Professionals are…
Those establishing a feeling of self-worth and a reason to exist …anticipating tomorrow.

Activity Professionals are…
Those known to be there for them
… for “their” transition into another stage of life.

Activity Professionals are…
Those…the ones who let them know that “they” have made a difference …know “they” have made a difference in other’s lives.

Activity Professionals are
… Those who love “Them.”


Thankful and proud to be known as an Activity Professional,

Patricia Holcombe ADC, NCCAP, NC-COAP
Activity Coordinator
Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay
Sea Level, N

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Activities at Lakeside

Activities at Lakeside are joyous and fun
They even include gardening under the sun

We have birds, fish and even a cat that live at our home
and many pets come to visit and roam 

We play Bingo of course, which is always a big hit

but we also have sing and swing, which helps keep us fit 

We have gardens and Patio's which we enjoy when the weather is right
but when it is rainy or cold we have nice common rooms where we can gather day or night

We have art classes, sewing classes, cooking and craft class
we have men's group, resident council and even catholic Mass

We play many different games
but it is not about winning its about the friends we gain

We are not just a nursing home
We are our residents only home

We strive to turn the sad in to glad
turn happy what once was mad

We nourish the body, spirit and soul
to keep them comfortable, content and active is our goal

We always wish we could do more
for the residents we so love and adore

Bonnie Brown
Recreation leader
Lakeside nursing and rehabilitation center 
Ithaca NY

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Activity Professional

Develop, Love, Hope,
Empathy, Trust, Compassion,
Partner, Friend, Teamwork,

Highlight, Dream, Create,
Vision, Reverie, Idolize,
Cheer, Jeer, Whisper, Shout,

Games, Puzzles, Arts, Crafts,
Listening, Teaching, Learning,
Music, Poetry,

Strength, Conviction, Pride,
Enthusiasm, Valor,
Leadership, Courage.
By
Michael Augustowicz

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THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART
THAT IS WHAT THE ACTIVITY PROFESSION IS ALL ABOUT.

The HEART is the vital organ in the body and you cannot live without it.
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL is the vital organ of the facility
& cannot survive without them!

The HEART pumps lifesaving blood to all parts of the body.
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL pumps LIFE to all parts of the facility!

The HEART’S right-side collects oxygen poor blood.
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL collects those who are poor or in need!

The HEART’S left-side collects the oxygen rich blood and sends it to the body.
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL pumps out “life oxygen”
to make sure all parts function to the best of their ability!

The HEART pumps the oxygen rich blood that keeps the brain cells alive.
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL helps keep many brain cells alive!

The HEART keeps a steady beat.
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL sets the beat for everyone!

The HEART can be broken or so they say.
The ACIVITY PROFESSIONAL mends Broken Hearts!

The HEART helps protect the immune system and the body.
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL protects the residents!

The HEART is small and weighs little compared to many organs but does a big job
The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL, like the heart, does a big job!

The ACTIVITY PROFESSIONALS’ HEARTS are in the right place because

The HEART represents LOVE
AND that is what the ACTIVITY PROFESSION is all about!

Dawn King
Assistant Activity Director
Westmont Convalescent Center
Westmont, IL

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Activity professionals are…

Affirming
Compassionate
Team-builders
Inspiring
Visionary
Implementers
Thoughtful
Young-at-heart

Passionate
Respectful
Optimistic
Friendly
Empowering
Service-oriented
Synergetic
Innovative
Outgoing
Nurturing
Artistic
Leaders
Smiley

Michelle E. Tobin
Director of Life Engagement
Sunwest Management, Inc.
Salem, Oregon

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Wanted: Activities Director for Retirement-Activities Profession A Plus

What does one do to win that position?
Sounds like it takes a serious decision
A love of people
And ideas plenty
Variety, too- more than twenty
Changes every day so no one is bored
Please lots of folks- fun strikes a cord.
In Activities there happens to be
Wonderful women we happen to see
They never seem to lose their smiles
Thought each day covers many miles
They’re never too busy to take time to stop
To hear someone’s tale, be it good (or not).
How do they manage? We don’t know
But all of us learned a lesson
Everyone is glad they’re our
“Activities Profession”.

Jane G.
Maravilla Retirement Community
Santa Barbara, CA

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No Jumping

Humor helps in times’ passage.
Activities at Maravilla,
Include many exercise froups.
But do not overextend them.
Jack was nimble he was quite quick,
He jumped over the candlestick.
Pungent odor of burning hair,
Tells us Jack should have worn long pants.

Herb D.
Maravilla Retirement Community
Santa Barbara, CA

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A Tribute to the Arranging Angels:
Activities Professionals in a Retirement Community

Some of us want to mend
From losses we’ve sustained;
But some seek ways to blend-
Be social, be entertained.
Some have a craving to spend-
Need shopping trips well planned.
Or want leisure trips to extend
The horizons we hope to expand.

Some want computers to send
Email, or to research online.
Some want a class to attend-
For exercise, crafts, or design.
For activities without end-
For card games, movies, and lectures-
Retirees can always depend
On arranging-angel directors.

Helen G.
Maravilla Retirement Community
Santa Barbara, CA

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Maravilla

Happy is the fella
That lives at Maravilla
Where there’s games of
Bingo he can play.
And there’s music as you mingle
With the married and the single
While surrounded by
much beauty everyday.

Paul D.
Maravilla Retirement Community
Santa Barbara, CA

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YOU WONDER WHAT MORE CAN I DO
FOR THOSE IN NEED
THEY HAVE SPENT THEIR YEARS WORKING, RAISING FAMILIES NEVER THINKING THEY WOULD SPEND TIME HERE SOME ARE SAD THE END IS NEAR SOME NEED HELD FOR THEY FEAR YOU TRY TO BRING COMFORT TO THEM WISHING YOU COULD TAKE AWAY THEIR TEARS BRINGING LAUGHTER IS ALL YOU HOPE YOU TRY WITH EVERY STEP YOU TAKE MAKING LIFE MEANINGFUL AND BRINGING JOY YOU JUGGLE SO MANY THINGS BUT NEVER STOP TO THINK ABOUT ME WONDER WONDER THATS ALL YOU DO HOW CAN I BRING COMFORT AND JOY WISHING YOU COULD WAVE A MAGIC WAND TO BRING COMFORT TO THOSE WHO LONG
 
 
THANK YOU
TO ALL THE ACTIVITY STAFF AT
THE VILLAGE AT LUTHER SQUARE
ERIE PA
 
SINCERELY JENNIFER LLOYD

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As I lay in bed with my hair in disarray
I ponder the thought… what do I do today?
Shall I stay in bed, or get up and go?
I ‘m not sure if I’m wanted…do I just say no?

She says it will be fun, she says it will be great.
Will she go away if I just hesitate?
I don’t feel like going, I feel a bit depressed.
I don’t even feel like getting dressed.

She puts in the effort to ask me though
Everyday she encourages me
“ Come on Mary, Let’s go”
I don’t want to disappoint her another time.
This girl is so sweet and she visits all the time.

She brings a smile to my face each day
With her warm smile and her dedication to say…
“ Good morning Mary, You look great!”
Would you like to join us for coffee and cake?

I think I will go, it sounds pretty good.
I think I will go, I know that I should.
If she didn’t persist and she didn’t keep on
I would just stay in bed all day long.

She has the spirit to lift me up
On days when I’m feeling just fed up
She hugs me as though she’s known me for years
And she’s always there to wipe my tears.
She brightens my day with kind words and cheer
I think I will go for the first time this year!

By Stephanie Agudelo, Director of Recreation
Morris Hills Center

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Ode to Activities

Three cheers for recreation,
That’s hip, hip, hooray!
It’s the activity department motto that states:
“ we make your day!”
This is a tribute from us at Cedar Oaks,
from each and everyone.
Without recreation, ya know, a nursing home
just wouldn’t be much fun.
No hard feeling to other departments,
it takes a village; it’s in the cards,
But our recreation department
is non-stop and goes the whole nine yards.
They motivate, encourage, cajole,
and say everything except “ya gotta”.
You got your bingo, trivia, parties, entertainers,
exercises, movies, groups, yada-yada-yada-yada.
Our nursing home has it all, recreation helps us to bloom.
And, if you’re wilted,
we’ve got the coolest snoezleen room.
Thanks to recreation!
You’re the greatest! You’re the tops!
What about a new drink at he parties?
How about some good old Schnapps!

Vicki Salz, LCSW
Cedar Oaks Care Center
So. Plainfield, NJ

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Activity Professionals

Activity Professionals help the residents see that it is a new day, So let us reminisce.
Remembering the lives they have led, struggles they have faced, success and losses, offering a hug and kiss.

Activity Professionals know that our residents have no race to win, Nothing must be proven.
Sometimes the resident feels that their dreams crumble in their hands.
Activity Professionals are more than another face; they are a newfound friend.

Submitted by: Ginger Johnston ADC
Brian Center Health & Rehab.
Weaverville NC

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Activities, A Profession of the Heart

The art of activities,
That’s so easy some say,
You just weave baskets, play bingo,
It must be nice to play all day.

But they don’t understand,
What activities entail,
Until they hear the story
Of a profession so worth while.

A laugh, a smile,
A story to brighten the day
Getting a resident out of their Room only once,
Helps one go the extra mile.

Striving to make a difference,
Never giving in or admitting defeat,
We are activity professionals,
Full of compassion, understanding, and ideas for retreat.

We are not here for money,
We are not here for fame,
We are here for the love of our profession,
And work hard for the benefits we gain.

Those benefits include a Thank you”,
Or “Can’t wait for the next game”,
Or even “when will you be here again”.
Those words are worth more than fortune or fame.

We are Activity Professionals, who care,
Stand proud and tall,
For what we do makes a huge difference,
In the lives of residents one and all.

by Hope Conley, Recreation Specialist
Park Manor Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

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Tribute to Activity Professionals

With hearts full of love
They perform their duties
As if guided from above

With smiles on their faces
And their hands prepared
They put us through the paces

At the end of the day
With smiles on our faces
We know they have succeeded
What more is there to say

Except, God Bless, God Bless, God Bless
Those wonderful Activity Professionals
Who spend each day creating for us!

Cloverlodge Care Center
Saint Edward, NE
Linda Zentner
Administrator

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just for you

"Of all the places to be during the day, we choose to spend it with you. We are the warmth that sooths your shivering hands. We are the tender arms that wrap around your aching shoulders. We’ll dance like fools to the music of your heart and we laugh from our bellies when you tell a joke. We’ll pour your hot coffee and know how many creamers you like, or if you like it black. We’ll help you grow butterflies and show you how to feed them. We’ll pick for you the fresh basil from your garden and help you make the gnocchi your mom used to make. We’ll sing when our voice is sore just because it’s your favorite song. We know your cat’s name was “Boots” and that he slept on your feet. We listen to how hard it was to raise 3 kids on your own after your husband went to war. We know what part of your back needs scratching and know when you need a hug. We are your friends, your confidants, your entertainers, your little helper. We love you, we worry about you, and we miss you when we go home. We are Activity Professionals by name. But, you can summon us with a single look, and we will be there…. just for you."
 
Dory Lewis, ADC
Recreational Therapist
Geraldine L. Thompson Care Center
Allenwood, NJ

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Ode to Activity Directors

In nursing homes all workers are teeming
The staff are all nursing and cleaning
Out of the sick bed
and keep them all fed
but activities is what gives their life meaning

Our residents are all just like us
feeling good and full is a must
but deep down inside
our spirits reside
we need hope and friends we can trust

A fun game to forget you are sick
entertainment or activities you pick
When you’re having fun
you feel like you’re young
and that is a pretty neat trick

So what is important to you
something old or an interest that’s new
It is so worthwhile
to make someone smile
And that’s what Activity staff do

Lucinda Knarr
Executive Director
Walnut Hill Convalescent Center

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What hats they wear

What hats they wear, what hats you ask? Where do you try to start Its so rewarding just to work and mean it from the heart.

There's planning and the calendar, let's not forget the 'state'

They should be here at any time, you hope they think you're great.

The arts and crafts and bookings of the singers and the fun Sometimes at night you leave so late, the work is never done

The paperwork and careplans that you try so hard to write The conferences and phone calls that can last into the night

The task of keeping closets neat and rolodexes clean The yellowed cards with crossed out names, and you know what I mean

The cancellations, calling out, and staff who sit and stare The interviews with little luck from those who seem to care

The boss who always seems to check to see your work is done The maintenance guys who have the tables set exactly right at 1:00

Defending til your dying day you aren't the Bingo queen You're much more than people know, The lives you've touched and seen

The holidays to banks and schools, mean nothing to you now Where you work needs fun and love, you'll make it work somehow

The budget that you try to stay within the right amount There's always one supply or two that you forgot to count

The miracles, the smiles, and the laughter that you see Is all because Activities has helped so lovingly.

You won't become a millionaire in this line of work But you'll be rich deep in your heart, and that's the greatest perk.

Susan Dunn
Connor-Williams nursing home

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What are we doing today?

What are we doing today?
Where shall I go?
Do I need to sit close or far away?
Is this a live show?

These are all questions you here all the time,
As an Activity Professional dealing with people in thier prime.

With the patience of a saint and the stamina of two,
Three cheers to all Activity Professionals but especially to you!!!

Jackie Mathis,ADC Linwood Care Center

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THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL

THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL
WE DARE TO CARE
WE AWAKE TO THE CHALLENGE OF THE DAY

THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL
OUR EARS ARE TO LISTEN TO
THE LIVES OF MANY
THE FEARS OF PLENTY
THE YEARS OF WHEN THEY DIDN'T THINK ABOUT TOMORROW

THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL
OUR EYES ARE TO SEE
THE HAPPINESS
THE LONELY
THE EMPTINESS

THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL
OUR HANDS ARE TO FEEL
THE WRINKLES AS WE WIPE AWAY THE TEARS
THE LAVENDER LOTION AS WE SMOOTH AWAY THE EMOTIONS
THE SOFTNESS OF THE HAIR THAT HAS GRAYED WITH AGE
AS WE HELP TO TURN ANOTHER PAGE “IN THEIR LIVES”

THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL
OUR DESIRE IS TO
INSPIRE
ENHANCE
THAT QUALITY OF LIFE THAT CONTINUES ON
BE IT DIM OR BRIGHT

THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONAL
WILL CONTINUE WITH OUR PLIGHT
DEEP IN OUR HEARTS KNOWING THAT ONE DAY THEY WILL PART
THE ACTIVITY PROFESSIONALS CONTINUES TO DO THEIR PART

GLORIA KEARSLEY, AD
SKY VIEW REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CARE CENTER
CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.

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As the Days Go By 

To see a smile, a laugh
A glimmer in the eye
An Activity Professional brings happiness
As the days go by

We dance, we create, cook and play
There’s so much that we do
Documentation, assessments, planning, just to name a few

And don’t forget the parties where often we must sing
Despite the sounds of our voices (mine’s awful)
Performing a bit of everything

But when we know we’ve made a difference in one life or many
All the energy seems worthwhile
Our hearts are full and plenty 

Even when our hearts are FULL
We take some out and give
And that is what it is to be a true Activity Professional
In this world we live
 
To see a smile, a laugh
A glimmer in the eye
An Activity Professional brings happiness
As the days go by

Kim Glynn-Enhanced Activity Coordinator
Wake Robin
Shelburne, VT

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Her Name was Mary..

Her name was Mary and this place seemed very scary, not to mention she felt all alone,
You see, her daughter had four children and a husband at home,
She was so busy, she could not leave mom alone!
So her daughter brought her here to live and be cared for,
But Mary was sad and never responded to knocks on her room door,
Until one day, Bobbi met Mary,
Bobbi worked in activities and wanted to please, but knew it wouldn’t be easy for Mary to be set at ease,
As each day went on, and activities were offered, Bobbi invited Mary but she always declined as Bobbi discovered.
Not two weeks later Bobbi tried again, with a smiling face and some kind words whispered,
Mary accepted and to the craft room she whisked her.
They did beads, painting and crafts galore, before too long Mary was peeking out her door,
She was waiting for Bobbi to take her away and enjoy some activities with her each and everyday,
She tried a little of everything and dabbled in this and that,
Bobbi soon realized that Mary wanted to chat,
With all the staff and residents and her roommate too,
Mary opened up and her family noticed it too,
One day at a visit with her daughter and kids, Mary said “Honey I’m fine”, so “What’s new with you”?
Bobbi was happy and noticed Mary was too, to the twinkling in her eye to a craft complete, how she applauded the music by the taps of her feet, when a small word was said when asked when they wed,
Bobbi thought one night as she was leaving for home, small gestures and sounds turn hearts around, activities can cure unhappy faces and turn frowns upside down!

Senior Care & Activities Center
Montclair NJ
Nicole Rambone, Activities Director

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A Tribute to the Activity Professional in Long Term Care

Each day you follow your activity calendar
Only making changes if your residents require.
When everyone else says, "Oh, she won't respond."
You know when she squeezes your hand - she's there.
Your MDS's and assessments are always on time.
You note things in a resident no one else can see.
No birthday is missed, no special occasion forgotten.
The building is bright with cheer due to your decorations.
You're the member of the ID team that always makes me smile.
You invite the public in to see our good deeds and
You help us to fix the things in need.
Thanks for making a special place in our residents' and their families' lives.

Louise Merrick, Executive Director
London House Care Center
Sonoma, CA


 

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