Barbara Drum, a long time friendof Radio 4 the Ages, and a well respected and experienced member of the senior living industry joins me again today. Barbara has been with me before and she always has great insight and worthwhile contributions to share with our audience. Sheila, our sometimes participant and executive assistant to the program was also with us. Sheila, until the recent passing of her Mom, Donna, was a member of the ‘sandwich generation’, caring for her own young children at home while also assisting her parent with a variety of life issues.
I also shared my own heart warming story of the Miss Avante pageant, and the Mr. Avante competition. This is the second year I have been blessed to emcee these events at Avante Nursing Home in Charlotte. The staff at Avante is most accommodating to the event participants, and the joy they have assisting their residents is evident by the smiles on their faces.
Exactly how do the staff of an Independent or Assisted Living community satisfy the divergent preferences of their residents? Should they serve Duke’s mayonaise or Hellman’s? What brand of hot dogs? Butter or margarine? And those choices seem inconsequential, but food is one of the big issues in senior living communites. So, if you’re interested in learning more about Assisted Living options, the pay scale for CNA’S (certified nursing assistants), and the challenges faced by staff and residents, and even the history of Assisted Living, then this edition of Radio 4 the Ages is here for you.
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Today’s show centered on the vital importance of Activity Professionals in the senior care world! As the show’s title points out, activities in senior living communities include much, much more than Bingo and Wii bowling!
Barbara and Debbie discuss their experiences in the world of senior care and the major positive impact that a varied and personally tailored program of daily and recreational activities can have. Many folks still like to have a regular schedule of activities to provide purpose in their lives. So many of us have lived our entire working lives within a schedule, and so continuing in our later years with a daily routine can be most advantageous to maintaining a quality of life. Often this is as simple as a regular schedule of the activities of daily living, such as teeth brushing, washing and bathing, making a bed, etc.
They also provided insight into a career as an activity professional, the passion that is essential for this work, and the important role that activity professionals play in the life of our aging loved ones who reside in senior communities. For information, visit www.nccap.org.
Enjoy this insight from Barbara and Debbie regarding Activity Professionals and their role in caring for our aging loved ones.