Welcome to the Activity Department

Welcome to the Activity Department 

Activities offer opportunities for physical and mental activity, social involvement, creative expression, spiritual connection, and self-fulfillment. All departments in a facility should collaborate to develop, implement and be familiar with an individualized and meaningful activities program for each resident in a facility. As a staff member of the activity department, it is important for you to know the role of activities and the activity department in long-term care. It is also important for you to know your responsibilities in providing activities to residents.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


National Certification Council for Activity Professionals


This course is NCCAP approved NCCAP500803-22NT. All NCCAP approved courses count 100% towards certification.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-WAD
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Define what an activity is
List the types of activities provided to residents in a long-term care facility
Identify the role of a long-term care facilitys Activity Department
List the information that is gathered during an activity assessment
Recall when activities are provided
Identify the two types of staff in the Activity Department and the job duties of each
Recall what information regarding activities must be documented

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: What is an Activity? A. Why are Activities Important? B. Types of Activities C. B-I-N-G-O D. Review Section 3: Role of the Activity Department A. Mission B. Activities Should Include C. Who Can be Involved? D. Special Interests E. Review Section 4: Activity Assessment A. Purpose B. Background Information C. Flexibility D. Review Section 5: When Should Activities be Provided? A. Monthly Calendar B. Dietary C. Nursing D. Therapy E. Review Summary Section 6: The Activity Staff Members’ Roles and Responsibilities A. Vital Roles B. Activity Director C. Activity Department Staff D. Review Summary Section 7: Documenting Activities A. Records B. Individualized Response C. Timely and Accurate D. Review Section 8: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations E. Exam

Staff Writer: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Activities Professional; Entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Home Health, Hospice, Long-term Care, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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