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26 Inservices for Activity Departments
Haley Burress
Trade Paper, 120 pages
Published by Idyll Arbor
Publication date: 2016
ISBN: 9781611580426

Activity directors everywhere are searching for a way to get their staff, and the nursing staff, on board with activities. 26 Inservices for Activity Departments will let you demonstrate your knowledge and credibility. It is your key to inspiring and empowering staff throughout your facility.

Without adding extra prep time to your already busy workload, 26 Inservices for Activity Departments gives you the tools you need to make your staff meetings the most exciting part of your month.

The book includes 26 lesson plans for training sessions that last 30-60 minutes each. Many of the sessions are appropriate for more than your activities staff. They can be offered to nursing and other staff in your community to increase the cooperation between departments. Many suggest co-presentations with the heads of other departments.

The book includes:
o        Easy to prepare inservice presentations for your staff
o        Topics from safety on outings to federal regulations, appropriate for all levels of senior care.
o        Sign in sheets and inservice descriptions that you can quickly file with human resources.
o        Presentations that range from lecture and activities to scavenger hunts and observation tools.

Handouts or quizzes that the lesson plans require are included in the book for the Directors to copy and have them available for participants. 26 Inservices for Activity Departments can be used by Directors in skilled nursing, assisted living, or independent living settings.


In her book, 24 Activities Inservices, Haley has created educational and engaging inservices that meet the ongoing training requirements for all activities staff. Haley's lessons range from planning to doing documentation, to how to maintain the excitement! Having worked with Haley and having read her book, I can clearly see her passion poured out in each inservice, and hope that you, too, will find it inspiring and motivating as you lead your own team. 
-- Erin McCart, Activity Director and Author

This is an excellent educational manual using both traditional and non-traditional activities for not only life enrichment staff but also for ancillary staff, CNAs, and volunteers. Easy step-by-step instructions for foolproof dynamic groups or one-on-ones make this manual an Activity office essential.
-- Judy Pitzele, MS, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator


Haley Burress has her Masters Degree in Recreation Therapy and 15 years of experience working with seniors in all levels of care including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing facility care, memory care, and adult day services. Haley has been at a director level or higher throughout her career and has managed teams of up to 60 people.

Haley consults and speaks on a variety of topics including programming ideas, strategies for improving resident care, and how to make the activity director job as easy and fun as possible. She currently writes for caregivers -- professionals and family members -- fulltime, including 52 Weeks Studying the Word -- a Bible study resource for seniors, content for ActivityDirector.com, Activity Connection, Companion Radio, LotsaHelpingHands and others.

She specializes in giving her readers reliable information that will leave them feeling empowered and inspired.

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