MEPAP Classes

MEPAP I & II classes are now forming for both traditional, online, and distance learning settings.

Dr. Debra Stewart is a NCCAP pre-approved instructor with over 25 years experience in long-term care.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Critical Thinking No. 34: Advocacy within the Facility

Why is it important to understand your facility’s characteristics and roles within the community before you address interdepartmental relationships and team strategies.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Critical Thinking No. 30: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

Name some possible approaches to recruit new volunteers and improve retention of your current volunteer staff.

Critical Thinking No. 29: Policies and Procedures

Why are policies and procedures important for quality control?

Critical Thinking No. 28: Overwhelmed Residents

Behaviors such as exit seeking and behavior outbursts may all be signs of a resident becoming overwhelmed by possible poor task segmentation of an activity program. Explain how this occurs, and please add any other behaviors that you have witnessed that may have occured when we  ask too much of a resident, too soon, and without time for processing

Critical Thinking No. 27: Resident Satisfaction

Why is it important to survey your residents for satisfaction concerning activity attendance and participation?

Critical Thinking No. 26: Behavior Modification

Why is it important that all staff be made aware of behavior modification plans?

Critical Thinking No. 25: Standards of Practice

If you could, what would you add to NCCAP's current Standards of Practice?

NCCAP Ethics and Bylaws

Critical Thinking No. 24: Activity Calendar

It is important to link your activity calendar to the care plan, and it is also important to design the calendar based around the dimensions of wellness. In addition, your calendar should reflect your facility's group dynamics, while staying within your department's resources, and skills and competencies. Please describe why these statements are true.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Critical Thinking No. 23: Care Planning

Be realistic, both in your identification of a problem and the approach when care planning. Why is this difficult to do at times?

Critical Thinking No. 22: Documentation

What are the different types of documentation completed by the activity professional?

Critical Thinking No. 21: Quality Assurance

How does your interdisciplinary team use the information on the MDS for overall facility quality assurance and improvement projects?

Critical Thinking No. 20: Vegetative State

People in the vegetative state need recognition, touch, and nurturing. Describe how you would offer sensory stimulation and self-identity techniques for a person in a vegetative state.

Critical Thinking No. 19b: Cultural Identity

Every facility has its own organizational culture and norms.Why is it important to help support the individual culture and identity of each resident?

Critical Thinking No. 19: Re-Socialization

Discuss how difficult it is for residents to become established socially in health care settings and offer at least two methods of re-socialization.

Critical Thinking No. 18: Over-Stimulation

How can you tell when your resident is over-stimulated? What are some steps to take before this occurs.

Critical Thinking No. 17b: Departmental Grief

How important is it to provide support for staff who are grieving the loss of a resident. Could unresolved grief lead to burnout and poor retention?

Critical Thinking No. 17: Grieving

How do you help your resident adjust when they have lost a friend or loved one to room change, discharge, or death?

Critical Thinking No. 16: Dispensing Medications During an Activity

Do you feel it is a dignity issue when medications are dispensed during an activity? If so, how would you present this issue to your administrator?

Critical Thinking No. 15: Aging Stereotypes

Without using stereotypes discuss how morbidity may change a person's physical appearance, ability, and mental functioning.

Critical Thinking No. 14: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAMs)

Should the federal standards for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement be relaxed to accommodate healing practices that are complementary?

Critical Thinking No. 13: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Do you think your residents would be more likely to come to activities if their hierarchy of needs were met first?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Critical Thinking No.: 12 Aging Grades and Norms

What effect does aging have on creativity, wisdom, and intelligence?

Critical Thinking No. 11: Life Course

Sometimes major life course events influence resident decision-making throughout every level of care. For example, some life course events foster behaviors that are filled with fear, hoarding, restlessness, and self-imposed restriction or isolation. What are some of the major historical events in your life or your parents' life course?

Critical Thinking No. 10: Advocacy

Activity Professionals often face budget restrictions and limited resources. Brainstorm with other professionals in this forum and consider posting some of the many ways to advocate for funding or resources for long-term care facilities.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Critical Thinking No, 8b: Relevant Programming

How do you know if an activity is relevant and if it supports the care plan and personal interests of the resident, and how can you evaluate the therapeutic value, and adaptability of the activity for changing levels of care?

Critical Thinking No. 8: Appropriate Activities

Offer Three Suggestions for "Person Appropriate" Activity Programing

Critical Thinking No. 7b: Best Standards and Practices

Share one regulation that you feel your organization displays best standards and practices, and why.

Critical Thinking No. 7: Survey Concerns

What are your main concerns during survey time?

Critical Thinking No.6: Research

Discuss ideas for research in the activity field. This may include therapeutic processes, adaptive devices, and quality of life ideas for the senior adult living in the facility or community. Include any links to research that might support your ideas.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Critical Discussion No. 5b: Supportive Agencies

Describe at least two local agencies in your community that support the elderly, and discuss the benefits of the agency for the older adult and the Activity Professional.

Critical Thinking No. 5: The Professional Activity Director

Discuss why it is important to become certified and associated with agencies that support your profession. In addition, discuss why continued education is so important for the Activity Professional.

Critical Thinking No. 4: Leader-Manager Communication

Choose one of the ten guidelines listed in the Leader-Manager Guidelines for Action by Hitt in your textbook on page 42 and explain why this guideline would be important in the clinical setting or workplace

Critical Thinking 3b: Cultural Differences and Non Verbal Dementia Residents

Why is it important to take into consideration cultural differences when using non-verbal communication? 

Critical Thinking No 3: Calming a Non Verbal Dementia Resident

How would you use non-verbal communication to calm a combative resident?

Critical Thinking No 2: Point of Reference

Why do we call an organizational chart a point of reference?

Critical Thinking No. 1: Are Activities Important in Health Care Settings?

In a brief paragraph discuss:

Why are Activity Programs Important in Health Care Settings?

Debra's Bio

Debra is an adjunct Instructor at Sinclair Community College and serves as an associate faculty member at Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business and Technology.  She is an advisory board member for both the Mental Health Technology Program and the College for Lifelong Learning at Sinclair Community College and is also a certified Vital Life Community Consultant through THW Design. She also serves as an online academic distant learning specialist for Hondros School of Nursing. Debra is a pre-approved instructor of the NCCAP program for activity directors.

Dr. Stewart earned an Associate’s of Fine Arts Degree from Sinclair Community College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Charter Oak State, graduating with honors.  She received a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Teaching & Learning with Technology from Ashford University with honors. Debra has also completed a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology with a specialization in health and wellness from the University of the Rockies.

Dr. Stewart working with Dr. Andree Swanson of the Forbes School of Business and Technology recently won the Forbes School of Business and Technology University Fellowship Program Grant to research the topic of preferred learning styles of persons living with dementia and unit productivity.

Debra has many awards and presentations to her credit, including being nominated for the Ohio Assisted Living Association Outstanding Activity Director award in 2007 and recognized with the Ohio Health Care Association Professional Achievement Award in 2009. She was also awarded The Great Award by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities in 2012.

Dr. Stewart is passionate about improving the quality of life for senior adult care and job satisfaction for those who work in long-term care. She is an avid advocate and consultant for the industry challenges that face today’s health care agencies. Dr. Stewart’s recent publications and research include The Investigation of the Preferred Learning Styles of Persons Living with Dementia, Caregivers’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Pain Medication Administration, Finding the Good in the Workplace Bully, and Bullies do not Work Alone.