OAP/ODP Oregon activity and Oregon Dementia Practitioners
REALLY… Congratualations to Curtis Cooper, who raised $1380.00 at a fund raiser for Alzheimer's. This is the second year that Curtis has sponsored the LONGEST DAY DRUM CIRCLE EVENT. This year the event covered 2 days and 2 different facilities. The first day was at Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care, with 30 residents participating in the drum circle and 20 guest. They were also entertained with a cello/flute due, cello solo and a small Jazz ensemble. In addition pizza, salad and drinks were available to help raise the funds. The second day, was at Bonaventure of Tigard where 40 seniors participated in the drum circle and too many guest to count attended. Along with the music and drum circle a silent auction was held with the sale of bird houses made and painted by residents in the Memory Care Unit and water color prints from Memories in the Making Project. The goal for the two day event was $1600.00 if you would like to contribute there is still time> Please go to Alz.org/longestday and look up the team name: BEAT ALHEIMERS DRUM CIRCLE and donate whatever you can. We thank you in advance and please join this wonderful cause next year. You will have a great time and serve a great cause.
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Some Corporations are requestion that employees complete the CDP - Certified Dementia Practitioner training courses and receive their Certification....new trends are developing and Activity Directors and Life Enrichment Coordinators may be asked to complete this requirement by some employeers. In Long Term Care facilities, the CMS Focused Dementia Care Survey is being revised and preview surveys are happening in some Oregon Facilities. This survey is in review / development in Oregon This will require that in LTC facilities -training is offered for dementia care education for the front line staff, nursing and administrative employees. The CMS is asking facilities to verify there dementia care experience and education in questions 8b, 8c, 9, 10a,and10e of the Focused Dementia Care Survey.
Some States are dropping State Certification Requirements and replacing it with National Certification ... yes, this is a trend that started three years in some states, suggesting that if could be replaced with the NCCAP National training standards or the NAAPCC standards. However there are individual educationers that are offering an education course in Activity Training. These classes are not stating that they offer a state certification or a national pathway to certification with their training, please be careful to investigate exactly what you will be receiving with the training.
What is a GERONTOLOGIST? This is a new field that works with the elderly and in the past several years has gotten a lot of professional recognition. These individuals usualy work directly in the communities with our elderly. They deal with many social and pychological issues facing the elderly. Including but not limited to activities and community events, aging and health, death and dying, role changes and coping techniques, intervention for community help and resources. More information can be gotten from Portland Community College, Gerontology Department Sylvannia Campus.
Changes for Social Service Directors in Long Term? Under consideration by CMS Guidelines is changing the requirements for Social Service Directors in LTC from having a Master's Degree to a Bachelor's Degree. Social Service Directors responsiblities include but are not limited to replacement and discharge back into the community after a healtcare change. Adjustments to these changes from a physical and pychological imact, family roles and successful placement into a safe and successful environment. We will continue to follow this change as it activity/life enrichment professionals also deal with these issues with the social service department.
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