I came across this blog post and am quite interested in your thoughts - "A Different Kind of Activity Program" by Steve Moran on Senior Housing Forum (@SeniorForum). The post is part two of a 2-part series, the first was "Let Us Entertain You to Death". Administrators, long-term care Marketers, and Activity Directors, if you happen to find a free 5-minute break during this busy weekend, take a moment to read both of these blog posts.
As for the educational requirements of an Activity Director - Although I understand the author's rationale, I would strongly caution the industry not to hastily jump on board. I know that there are many in long-term care that would disagree with me on this (including NASW), but I have witnessed what happened when arbitrary educational requirements were placed on Social Service staff. The industry lost outstanding, caring, dedicated people. There are ways to 'raise-the-bar' without alienating current activities staff (i.e. grandfather clauses).
Your thoughts on activity programming, educational requirements, the referred to blog post? Feel free to comment, I am truly interested in feedback.
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