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About the Workbook:
This Activities Workbook is written by activities professional and former state surveyor, Carmen S. Bowman. Carmen is currently the principal of Edu-Catering, a consulting company.

The workbook displays Carmen's depth of knowledge about the role of activities in the culture changing environment.

The challenge to activities professionals and caregivers is to become acquainted with the whole person and together discover the possibilities. Deep engagement occurs when the "services furnished attain or maintain the residents highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well being."

The workbook includes worksheets, resources, exercises and discussion topics, this book will take you by the hand and lead you through both the philosophical and the practical topics of the role of activities in Culture Change.

About the CD-ROM:

Action Pact's New Meaningful Activity Assessment packs everything you could want in an assessment including the new CMS Interpretive Guidance for Tag 248!

CMS Interpretive Guidance for Tag 248 Incorporated:

  • Incorporates the CMS Interpretive Guidance for Tag 248 Activities that went into effect 6/1/06.
  • Guidance language turned into assessment questions.
  • Included on the CD are two lengthy sections of the CMS guidance to surveyors (Possible Adaptations and Behavioral Symptoms Interventions) turned into form style.

Draft MDS 3.0 Incorporated:

  • Be ahead of the curve. Become familiar with the MDS 3.0 draft.
  • Even if it doesn't ever come to be, the questions are valuable in guiding the assessor to glean very good information from the person, not about the person.

This is a guide to help you really get to know a person. The Activity Interest Assessment is long, but don't let the length scare you! Aren't you tired of short assessments that typically only mimic the MDS and at the end we are still left wondering, "But, who is she?" Let's get beyond the institutional way of just filling out a form because we have to. This assessment has been designed to help staff really get to know a new person coming to live in your midst. Isn't that what any of us would want - to be known? Use this tool in Short Intervals to build rapport and relationships.

Activity Interest Prompts are included to help you find out more! Instead of just having a prompt entitled "Cards" for the assessor, we listed every card game we could think of. This helps prompt the person's memory regarding past activities enjoyed. It also gives the opportunity to turn around a "no" answer into asking the person if they might like to try to learn something new.

Included in this assessment are also common culture change practices around getting to really know a person including things like the person's typical routines, daily pleasures, and what brings meaning and purpose into their lives. Prompts are included to ask about loneliness, boredom and helplessness, the "three plagues" of institutionalization identified by Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative.

In order to help us on our journey away from institutional care and towards person-directed care, we've developed a list of Principles of Excellence to consider adopting, following, hanging up in your office for all staff to see. These challenge us to rise higher, treat getting to know someone with utmost honor, turn the assessment process into a more normal "chit chat" than filling out a form, and get to know someone "over coffee" rather than "over a form."


We now include an additional “crosswalk” tool that will bring the information in this book up to date. Whenever you see a CMS regulation tag number, just use the crosswalk to quickly locate the new tag number, should you need it.

Although Phase 1 of the new CMS Requirements of Participation came into effect Nov. 29, 2016, regulation tag numbers were not changed until Phase 2 Nov. 28, 2017. Thus, the crosswalk is entitled Phase 2 Tag Crosswalk Effective Nov. 28, 2017.
  • Carmen Bowman

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