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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christine Helfrich, PhD, OTR/L(Univ of Illinois at Chicago Coll of Associated Health Professions)
Description: This book is a comprehensive theoretical and practical resource for use in any activity department.
Purpose: The book is designed to provide detailed background information with numerous examples of forms and activities to help the reader apply theoretical material.
Audience: The content of this book addresses everything an activity director needs to know, including how to develop a program, normal aging processes, medical terminology, documentation, federal and state regulations, and staff development. This is the first textbook of its kind that is extensively researched and written by an experienced activity professional. Lanza writes from a dual perspective of being an activity director and a nursing home administrator. This perspective enhances her ability to direct material to beginning activity students as well as experienced activity directors, administrators, and professionals of other disciplines who consult to activity programs.
Features: The table of contents is detailed and well organized to provide quick and easy reference to the extensive range of material provided in this book. There are numerous illustrations and sample forms that are easily understood and clearly described in the text. Each chapter concludes with review questions, application activities, references, and further reading lists. Appendixes provide state-specific regulations, resource lists, a glossary, and a self-assessment exam.
Assessment: With its current regulations, forms, and resources, this book is invaluable for any activity student or professional. Every long-term care facility and activity consultant should own a copy of this informative book.