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Activity Director

The professional opportunities to care for the growing number of people who will use the supportive assistance offered in day treatment, assisted living, and long-term care settings are expanding faster than professionals can be trained. These positions can be rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling. Activity directors are responsible for directing, implementing and evaluating all resident activities as well as completing comprehensive assessments and care plan goals. Directing the activity course includes planning of activities for both individuals and groups, implementation of the programs, and monitoring the response to the programs in order to determine if the activities meet the care plan goals for residents.

This course will teach you about professionalism, documentation and ethics, working with residents with special needs, and adapting ideas to certain demographics within a facility. It enables activity directors to excel by emphasizing the diverse nature of long term care residents and by providing a variety of activity ideas: creative, spiritual, physical, social, educational and sensory. It also focuses on developing caring and passionate professionals that are able to create, implement and evaluate resident centered activities that are part of the individualized care plan. This training is valid in the following states: WA, NM, KS, OK, TX, MN, MO, WI, OH, TN, NH. 

6 Months / 70 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Central Michigan University

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Activity Director

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES172

What You Will Learn
  • Identify the role of the activity director in today's long-term care environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of programming options
  • Show awareness of the role of various therapies in activity programming
  • Identify the availability, options, and uses for adaptive equipment and interventions
  • Discuss management of resident and community volunteers, including recruitment, training and recognition
  • Demonstrate ability to perform needed documentation
  • Structure planning for optimal use of environment
  • Establish and facilitate group and individual participation
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 70 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare to work as an activity director at a long-term care or assisted living facility, adult day program, retirement community, or community center
  • Develop the skills needed for a career that will enable you to help others and your community at large
  • Learn how to best interact and communicate with senior citizens
  • Jump-start your career and develop managerial skills

Outline

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Long-term Care Fundamentals

Explore the history of long-term care and learn about the philosophies backing person-centered care. Develop basic knowledge of the aging process.

Physical Changes

Address common misconceptions about aging and examine the physical and mental changes humans face as they age.

Applicable Regulations

Examine psychosocial needs and receive an overview of applicable regulations. Learn about advocacy and resident-family councils.

Admission and Discharge Process

Discuss the principles of documentation, basic performance skills, staff management, and care plan effectiveness required to admit or discharge a patient.

Roles and Programs

Learn the role of the activity direction, programming options, various therapy techniques often used, and options for adaptive equipment.

Documentation

Complete the course by learning about documentation, infection control, clinical experience, and how to establish and facilitate both group and individual participation.

Details

I.    Unit 1
A.    History of long-term care  
B.    Philosophy of person-centered care  
C.    Basic knowledge of the aging process  
D.    Misconceptions  
E.    Physical Changes  
F.    Cognitive changes: Dementia, Alzheimer’s  
G.    Mental Health/Illness  
H.    Psychosocial needs  
I.    Overview of applicable regulations  
J.    The Survey Process  
K.    OBRA resident rights  
L.    Regulations  
M.    Advocacy in self-determination  
N.    Resident/family councils  

II.    Unit 2
A.    Types and techniques used for the admission and discharge process  
B.    Principles of documentation  
C.    Basic performance skills  
D.    Management of internal support staff, budgeting, supplies and outside resources  
E.    Getting to know the person  
F.    Person Centered Care Plan Development  
G.    Evaluation of care plan effectiveness  

III.    Unit 3
A.    Role of the Activity Director  
B.    Programming Options  
C.    Various therapies in activity programming  
D.    Options and Uses for Adaptive Equipment and Interventions  
E.    Management of resident and community volunteers  

IV.    Unit 4
A.    Documentation   
B.    Infection Control  
C.    Optimal use of environment  
D.    Establish and facilitate group and individual participation  
E.    Clinical experience

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Instructors & Support

Cindy Gray

Cindy Gray has worked in the healthcare field since 1999. She began her career as a CNA, then completed her LPN, and continued with an ADN degree. She functioned as a Long-Term Care charge nurse, Inpatient Rehabilitation nurse, MDS Coordinator, and Director of Nursing. Following this she re-enrolled in college and obtained a BSN while performing duties of Human Resources, Staff Development Coordinator, Risk Management, Health Information Management, and Senior Living Manager.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

Students should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. They should be comfortable in an Internet environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities and navigate to multiple websites.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Long Term Care

FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are online, so you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

No.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

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