Activities: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Activities: An Interdisciplinary Approach 

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 everyone’s 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 resident’s 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 everyone’s 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.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-AIA
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Define what an activity is
Identify how activities benefit older adults in long-term care facilities
Recognize how person-centered care maximizes the benefit of residentsactivity
Recall your role as a staff member in a long-term care facility in providing activities to

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: What Is an Activity?
A. An Integral Part of a Person’s Life
B. Review
Section 3: Person-Centered Approach to Activities
A. Should Reflect Needs and Interests
B. Review
Section 4: Getting to Know People and Ensuring they are Involved in Activities
A. Who Are They?
B. Documentation in the Care Plan
C. Scenarios
D. Review
Section 5: Working with Other Facility Departments to Plan and Implement Activities
A. Collaboration
B. Review
Section 6: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributors
C. References
D. Congratulations

Instructor: 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 Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Assisted Living, Home Health, Hospice, Long-term Care, Palliative Care, Residential Care.
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