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  Recent studies show that 40% of Activity Programing and Implementing are not currently passing survey standards nationwide.  That is right…. but while this seems difficult…. as good Activity Professionals, you probably are doing everything you are should be doing to successfully past this phase of the survey. Just in case you are not, I will share the most proven suggestions to help you succeed. Dementia Units that have good activity programming in place and use cultural change and person centered care have reduced routine medication use by 11%, reduced medication for bowel management by 40%, reduction of anti-anxiety medication by 50%, reduced sedative hypnotics by 50%, have a 50% increase in activity levels and a 100% in social interactions.  Long Term Care Units have had a 33% reduction in PRN medication for anxiety and depression, a 44% decrease in staff absenteeism, a 60% reduction in in- house decubitus ulcers, a decrease of 25% in bedfast residents, and a decrease of 18% in the of restraints when person centered care methods were used with meaningful activity programs and environmental changes that eliminated institutional environments.

Dementia Focus Survey Requirement, your programing will now be measured by these new standards and guidelines.

 As Always, Connie

All information in this commentary was taken from the CMS website:  Focus Dementia Care Survey Tools: Ref: S&C:16-04-NH; Focused Dementia Care Surveyor Worksheets; F-tag 309; the 2016-2017 Nursing Home Action Plan. All opinions expressed by the author are drawn from personal experiences.




Advance Activity Director Training: Portland Community College will be offering a class in Advance Activity Director Training GRN264, to help prepare Activity Professionals seeking their National Certification.  This class will be offered Summer and Winter Terms at Portland Community College. This class is on-line, with instructor support, video demonstrations, lecture commentary, practicums experiences completeed in facilities of Long Term Care, Skilled Acute Units, Assisted Living Centers and Memory Care Units.  This class meet requirements for Portand Community College Gerontology Certification in Activities and prepares an individual for National Testing thru the National Association of Activity Professionals' Credentialing Center/ Activity Professionals Credentialing Center.  More information on the testing process and requirements can be obtained from naapcc.office@gmail.com. 


        We will no longer be offering the MEPAP Classes after Winter Term 2018. This change will be implemented to help students have a concentrated, streamline class focusing on the essential materials and information presented in the Long Term Care for Activity Professionals, Social Service Professionals and Recreational Professionals, 7th edition. text.  This is currently the only text that has the new Federal Regulations and F-tag updates. 

       In an effort to present and education our students with the most recent information relative to the Activity Profession and Social Serivce Profession, Oregon Activity Professionals decided to implement this change as it offered the best possible benefits to our students. Students can now take one concentrated class.  Will have the option of attending study sessions to prepare for testing. In addition, students attending and completing this class will receive Portland Community College credits, will be eligiable for the PCC Certificate in Activities should they complete all requirement, and will receive Continuing Education Units accepted by Activity Professionals' Credentialing Center 


For more information about these changes and the new on-line class GRN 264 Advanced Activity Director, being offered by the Gerontology Department at Portland Community College assoicated with their Certificate Programs in Gerontology and to  prepare for National Certification contact Connie Ratti at 503-740-9706 or connie.ratti@pcc.edu or Jan Abushakrah at 971-722-4077 or jabushak@pcc.edu






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