Implementing Engaging Activity Programs

Implementing Engaging Activity Programs 

This course provides an overview of the dimensions of whole person wellness and ways to implement activity programs that meet those needs. The course begins by providing an overview on the importance of activities and describing the expectations affecting the activity department, then examines how to set up an activity program that meets the regulatory requirements as well as residents’ needs and desires. You will learn how providing a variety of activities can impact a resident’s quality of life and satisfaction as well as overall family satisfaction regarding the care their loved one receives. You will also gain practical ways to include other staff and volunteers in helping to engage the residents they serve. You will also learn ways to evaluate and assess your overall activity program.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals


This course is NCCAP approved NCCAP500362-21NT. All NCCAP approved courses count 100% towards certification.

California Nursing Home Administrator Program - P type


This educational offering is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) as a Patient Care/Aging ("P" credit) course. Provider # CEP 1701; Course Approval # 1701001-7901/P. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-IEAP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
List the 7 dimensions of wellness and their importance to each resident.
Describe the steps to create a personalized activity plan of care.
Describe the processes that help evaluate the quality of life of your residents and overall activity program.

Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course 

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Foundation for the Activity Program

A. Importance of a Quality Activity Program

B. Creating Meaning

C. What Residents Want

D. 7 Dimensions of Whole Person Wellness

E. Review

F. Care Planning

G. Activity Goals

H. Developing an Activity Plan

I. Who Can Provide Activity Support?

J. Assessments

K. Review

L. Summary

Section 3: Interventions and Adaptations

A. Interventions

B. Cognitive Impairment

C. One-to-One Activities

D. Person-Appropriate Activities

E. Interests of Long-Term Residents Vs Short-Term Residents

F. Younger Residents

G. Different Strokes

H. Reviewing and Updating a Care Plan

I. Even the Small Things Count

J. Review

K. Summary

Section 4: Other Considerations for a Quality Activity Program

A. Creating a Quality Monthly Activity Calendar

B. Daily, Weekly,

C. Monthly Standards

D. Planning Ahead

E. Keeping a Fresh Calendar

F. Outings

G. Planning the Week

H. Resident Incentive Wellness Program

I. Summary

Section 5: Evaluating and Assessing the Activity Program

A. Resident Council

B. Keeping Quality Attendance Records

C. Biannual Resident and Family Satisfaction Surveys

D. Awareness of Burnout

E. Review

F. Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Rachelle Blough

Rachelle Blough is a Certified Recreational Therapist and Certified Dementia Practitioner and is a Vice President of Corporate Training with the National Council for Certified Dementia Practitioners. She has worked in the senior living field in skilled nursing, and assisted living, memory care and independent living over the last 22 years in various positons such as activities, memory care director, regional, corporate and national positions for various senior living companies. She is also the owner of her own consulting company.

Disclosure: Rachelle Blough 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 General Staff; in the following settings: Post-Acute 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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