Building an Effective Program

Building an Effective Program 

In most states, licensing regulations require providing at least some activities. Okay, that's fine - we know that you want to be in compliance. But rather than looking at this subject as simply another hurdle to conquer, let's look at why activities are important and what benefit they will provide for your residents and for your facility as well. After completing this lesson, the student will be able to: Understand the link between physical activity and disease and death; Realize the underlying philosophy in designing a high-quality enrichment and philosophy program; Integrate effective therapeutic programming; Develop a well-rounded activity program.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Oregon Department of Human Services (AFH)


Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-BEP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Understand the link between physical activity and disease and death.
Realize the underlying philosophy in designing a high-quality enrichment and philosophy program.
Integrate effective therapeutic programming.
Develop a well-rounded activity program.


1. Why are activities important?

2. Regular physical activity

a. Further research suggests…

b. More than physical exercise

c. People age 65+

3. Your residents’ needs

a. Underlying philosophy

b. Activity – underlying philosophy

c. Variety of settings

4. What activities to include?

5. Criteria for effective therapeutic program…

a. Ask your residents!

b. Link to you community

c. Remember creativity!

d. Address the whole person

6. Physical exercise

7. Physical activities

8. Schedule physical exercise

a. Aerobic exercises are not all the same

b. “Sit and be fit” videos

c. “Walk across America” program

9. Design with safety in mind

10. Activity – building your program

a. Dancing is a form of exercise

b. Dressing up for formal occasions

c. Hold a dance contest

d. Address physical health daily

Instructor: Sharon K. Brothers, MSW
Sharon Brothers, MSW, has an advanced degree in social work and over 30 years' experience as an owner, operator and educator in senior care. She has been a developer, owner and operator of dementia care assisted living communities and has deep expertise as an educator for all levels of staff within the care profession. Sharon is currently the founder and CEO of the Institute for Professional Care Education and is a national speaker and advocate for quality education within senior care. Disclosure: Sharon K. Brothers, MSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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