About NAAP
Founded by Activity Professionals
for Activity Professionals...

NAAP is the only national group
that represents activity
professionals in geriatric settings
exclusively. NAAP serves as a
catalyst for both professional and
personal growth and has come to
be recognized by government
officials as the voice of the activity
profession on national issues
concerning long-term care
facilities, retirement living, assisted
living, adult day services, and
senior citizen centers. NAAP is
nationwide in scope with a growing
membership in Canada and

The National Association of Activity
Professionals recognizes the
following values:

The quality of life of the
served is the primary reason for
our services.

The strength of NAAP lies in the
diversity of its members.  NAAP
recognizes the rich cultural, and
educational backgrounds of its
members and values the variety of
resources represented.

The strength of NAAP also lies in
the development and promotion of
scientific research which further
defines and supports the activity

NAAP values the development and
maintenance of coalitions with
organizations whose mission is
similar to that of NAAP's for the
purposes of advocacy, research,
education, and promotion of activity
services and activity professionals.

NAAP values members who
become involved at the state and
national level to promote
professional standards as well as
encourage employers to recognize
them as professionals.

NAAP affords Activity Professionals
across the country the opportunity
to speak with a common voice...

NAAP successfully worked with
members of Congress to secure a
change in the nursing home
reform title of the 1987 Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA).
Through our efforts, it became
mandatory that an activity program,
directed by a qualified
professional, be provided in every
nursing home that receives
Medicare and/or Medicaid funds.

NAAP was the only professional
activity association to participate in
HCFA's workgroups that revised
OBRA's interpretive guidelines now
in effect.

NAAP provides assistance at the
state level to promote certification
of activity professionals, working
toward uniform professional
standards for activity practice.
NAAP Mission Statement
To provide excellence in support services to activity professionals through education, advocacy, technical
assistance, promotion of standards, fostering of research, and peer and industry relations.
There are so many benefits when
you belong to NAAP!  Each
member will receive a newsletter
which will give the updated reports
on Government Relations, Special
Interests, International Updates,
Professional Development,
Nominations, Standards of
Practice, Financial Updates and a
Membership Report. Along with
this comes an update from our
President, Diane Mockbee, and our
Executive Director, Charles Taylor.

Members will also receive a
discounted rate at the Annual
Conference which is held in
March/April of each year.

Effective JAN 1, 2006 membership
dues are:
Active Membership = $75 US
Associate Membership = $65 US
International Membership (outside
US) = $65 USD
Student Membership = $55 US
Supportive Membership = $99 US

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HIPAA - Where Does It End?
Troy L. Lott, ACC - NAAP Membership Trustee

In the long Term Care Industry we have to be very careful on how we answer certain
questions from family members who are not the responsible party.  When a Resident leaves
the building for an appointment other Residents see them leave.  I am sure that you have
heard the same question, "Where did Mr. or Mrs. Smith go”, according to the HIPAA Law we
are unable to let the Resident know where their friend may have gone to?

I do understand that certain procedures or appointments must be kept confidential, but I do
have some thoughts on when a Resident expires/dies.  Most of the time we clear the
hallways and shut the doors to the Residents rooms so that they do not see the body
leaving the building.  Would it be so wrong to let them see the body leaving and having
some closure after all they have lived with this person in some cases for many years.  They
may have eaten with them played Bingo with them or maybe talked everyday with this
person that they live with 365 days a year 7 days a week and 24 hours of every day.  One
day that person is not there and they are asking where have they gone to?  Is it okay to tell
them that they have died and not coming back or do we say they are no longer here?

Do Residents not have the right to say goodbye to someone they live with or have known?  
We get the opportunity to say goodbye when someone we know passes, some of the
Resident may not be able to go to the funeral home.  I have some Residents say to me “we
didn’t get to say goodbye”.

Dying is a part of living and everyone knows that one day they will face death and leave this
world behind. Residents in facilities have lost many people in their lifetime and to lose
someone that they see everyday and not have the chance to say goodbye does not seem

Here are some examples of how the Residents might be able to say “goodbye”.
  • Have a memory walk and follow the body out to the hearse or to the front door of the
  • Let the Residents, who would like, leave their door open and pay their respects in
    their own way

  • Place a memorial on a certain area in the facility for them to read and look at and
    have some closure

  • If able, let Residents who would like, go to the room before the body is removed

I do hope that when you finish reading this article that you will think about what has been
said and ask yourself what would you like to do when or if you have this issue to face.          -