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The Iron County Medical Care Facility is proud to be able to offer an extensive activity program.  This department's sole purpose is to provide every opportunity for the resident to establish a sense of well-being, through pursuing interests or interacting with others.  Aside from meeting the needs of the higher functioning resident, it strives as well to meet the needs of the low functioning resident.  The program is divided into two aspects: Group Programs and 1:1 Programs.  Through an equal blend of the two, all residents are assessed and offered a program that meets their individual interests and abilities.  The key is to know the resident,  knowing what interests or interested them and incorporate this into their plan of care.

CERTIFIED MUSIC AND MEMORY FACILITY: It is with our pleasure that we are able to provide residents with this tried and true program. It is clinically proven that resident's love and engagement with music is one of the very last memories to retain and we fully believe in this remarkable program. The basic program provides for residents to receive an Ipod Shuffle or MP3 player and individualized playlist filled with songs that are specific to their life and memories. Much time and assessment is put into providing the resident with songs that bring meaning and favorable reaction (ex: song played at their wedding, popular music at life events and genres that have been their long time favorite) Family history plays a big part in the music and memory program and information is constantly gathered and updated depending on the residents response. The outcome has been wonderful. To see someone with little ability, respond and engage themselves while listening to their music is such a rewarding outcome. If you would like to learn more about this, please search the movie "Alive Inside" on netflix and see for yourself. The cost of an Ipod is $50 and if you have an old one you are not using, we would gladly take it! You can also make a pledge to this program, all and any donations are welcome. Contact Diversional Therapy Director, Stacy J Donati, AAP-BC at 906-874-1130.

ESSENTIAL OILS PROGRAM: The facility is proud to support and utilize essential oils throughout the facility with delivery through pendants, diffusers or roller-balls. Meeting the needs of different behaviors and moods, essential oils can be an effective, non-invasive approach to help residents feel better. Residents are assessed and care-planned to include a specific blend that is appropriate for them.

GROUP ACTIVITIES: Group activities are provided seven days a week.  A monthly activity calendar is followed and resident input is always used to establish a wide variety of events.  Just to mention a few, there are games, discussion groups, special events and parties, theme days, crafts, cooking, educational programs and spiritual programs, pet therapy, children's visits, outings, exercise and the list goes on and on.  Some residents elect to get involved, some do not, but regardless of their mental or physical limitations, they are welcome and encouraged to attend.

1:1 PROGRAMS:  Often times, a residents abilities are limited or they choose not to become involved in group programs.  When this is the case, a modified activity plan is called for.  This may include in room activities, sensory and visual stimulation, scheduled room visits and many other items, personally planned  to provide the resident with an opportunity to function at full potential. Self-directed activities are encouraged and supplies provided to the best of our ability.

All this makes for a large task for the Diversional Department, one that they strive to meet with enthusiasm.

WILLOW LIVING CENTER:  This wing has its own activity program, geared to the needs of the mid to high functioning but cognitively impaired resident.  Steps are kept simple and a social environment is promoted.  The staff on this wing works as a team to aide with individual task type activities as well as social group programs.  The activities are varied, but always kept simple as to not over-challenge the resident with dementia.  Flexibility is essential and staff works to keep them occupied and content.  An outdoor area allows for outside programs and is utilized on a regular basis.  Residents on this wing also have the opportunity, if appropriate, to go on a weekly bus outing.  Activities outside of this area are also encouraged if the resident can handle them positively. They are treated with dignity and acceptance and allowed to function at their level. 

Heading the Diversional Therapy Department is Director, Stacy Donati, AAP-BC, with over 30 years of experience in the activities field in long-term care, she holds National Board Certification as an Advanced Activity Professional and Dementia Care Practitioner. The Director is assisted by two Assistant Directors, Jessica Schultz and Jennifer Cole. There are seven Diversional Therapy Aides that work within this department.  The Wood Haven Activities Center is located in a spacious area at the end of Birch Street.  Activities are held in the this room, as well as in rooms in various locations in the building in the Trillium Dining Room, Living Rooms, Skyway Dining Room, Cedar Dining Room, the Large Courtyard and in the Facility Chapel. This department owns their own bus and takes advantage with weekly outings both far and near.

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