ANSWER FROM BETH T
I put on show shoes yesterday for the first time in my life. I started with a duck walk and played at waddling like a duck. Then I saw well worn deer tracks and lifted my feet high and stepped lightly. I dragged my feet like a zombie, stomped like a bear, all moves informed me. Under my play I was learning new ways to move. Nothing cuts the fear of the new like play.
ANSWER FROM ROSE F
Not sure I can answer this. If I understand it correctly, it is the activity professionals. So again, compartmentalized, and not seen as important nor as everyone’s responsibility. Activities belongs to activity people. So the place operates in silos, and activities belongs in the activity silo—not nursing or social work, or administration. There are more limitations to living an active life than mechanisms for activities. You live in a fish bowl, and need an act of Congress to do anything much outside the box you are in. Again, activities take place INSIDE the building so limited to resources within the facility.
ANSWER FROM KIM C
I think it is usually employee driven but there are probably places that use community partners and so forth.Since traditional health care costs probably drive the lion's share of the budget I am guessing that resources for activities are slim.
ANSWER FROM BETH MA Educational sessions, orientation to facility policies and procedures, association meetings, internet
ANSWER FROM ARLENE G I don't know what level of provision is actually available in a "typical" long-term care facility, but it's hard to see why they wouldn't have access to a range of people, materials and ideas comparable to a community arts center (many of which are able to stretch a dollar a long way).
ANSWER FROM JUDY D Family and friends are resources and support mechanisms. For some of the examples above, it would also include volunteers, media content and activities (i.e. online games), paid services (i.e. exercise professionals), transportation,
ANSWER FROM DEBBIE B
There are many publications, workshops, seminars, conferences, regional, state and national activity associations and the power of networking with other activity professionals. There are many resources for supplies, ie. catalog/on line. Activities are planned out for residents based on their interests, needs and abilities. there are spontaneous activities as well in a nursing homes that promote that. Community resources i.e community theater, arts, etc. They have a lot of available free time in their days to fill with leisure pursuits.
ANSWER FROM SHARON N
Activity staff, other residents, family, other center staff, volunteers, facilities, supplies, equipment.
ANSWER FROM NICK T
Cultural events—brought in or a visit, music, singing, visits from family, assistance with mobility, bathing, eating. Space for solitude, space for companionship, spaces for society.
INTERVIEW FROM STEVE
I would imagine it would be having some kind of connection to the outside world and feeling you had an impact on it - otherwise you'd go insane.