National Activity Professionals Week
CSNHC Celebrates Outstanding Activities Department
Activity Directors play an important role in shaping residents’ day-to-day experiences. To better understand what it means to truly enrich lives as an activity professional, we spoke with Rae’la Allen, Activity Director at The Atrium of Bellmead. With Rae’la’s help, we gained insights into her role and the importance of activities in creating a vibrant and fulfilling environment for residents.
Our Activity Professionals
In the words of Rae’la, the planning process for resident activities involves a careful evaluation of residents’ preferences and needs. “I customize activities to ensure the most enjoyable experiences,” she explains. Using a mix of personal creativity, online resources, and other helpful materials, Activity Directors craft unique experiences that cater to the diverse interests of residents.
For instance, if a resident worked with their hands, they may be interested in activities like gardening and painting. If they played an instrument, they may enjoy playing the facility’s piano or watching musical guests who volunteer.
At the Atrium of Bellmead, Rae’la shared that through collaboration, during what they call “Functional Fun Fridays,” they work together with the Therapy Department “to create large group events that both enrich the residents’ lives and provide therapeutic services and enhanced evaluation.” With the help of their Therapy Team as well as the CNA’s, they are able to get more residents involved.
“The huge smiles that come across residents’ faces and the laughter all down the hallway just from me being dressed up, has got to be one of the most satisfying sounds!”
To read more about how activities enrich the lives of our residents, read our latest resource article here.