By Sandra Stimson ADC, CALA, CDP Executive Director,
Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care


Sandra Stimson has experience as a
corporate consultant, Corporate Trainer
and National Speaker. Her experience is
in long term care, as Activity Director,
Director of Alzheimer's Units and
Assistant Administrator of a 550 bed long
term care county home.  She is
Co-founder of Pet Express Pet Therapy
Club, is a Life Replay Specialist.  
Sandra implements dementia units
nationwide.  Sandra has written several
books, Volunteer Management
Essentials for Long Term Care and Pet
Express Pet Therapy Program. Sandra
has been a facilitator for Alzheimer's
support groups and is the Awards Chair
for the NJ Association of Activity
Professionals.  Sandra is the Executive
Director of
National Council of Certified
Dementia Practitioners  

Alternative Solutions in Long Term
Care offers resources for health care
professionals in many areas of dementia
care, care plans, Snoezelen products,
dementia activity calendars, adult day
care calendars, sensory calendars,
reminisce videos for dementia, activity
books, and dates to remember, party
resources and links.
Each Norman Rockwell print is
paired with a national standards of
Resident Rights and is
illustrated by a picture depicting
the "Resident Right."

click here to purchase resident
rights prints
for Activity Professionals
in Long Term Care Settings

Copyright 2004-Present
The Activity Director's Office
All Rights Reserved
Sandra Stimson
Activity Professionals Week  January 20th to the 25th 2008.

Activity Professional Tribute Contest-Deadline January 10th 2008.

In honor of Activity Professionals Week, Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care www. and National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
Is once again hosting the Activity Profession Tribute Contest. Last year we had many many
entries from around the country.  Activity professionals, volunteers and or residents are
welcome to submit a poem (any style) about the Activity Profession. This is not a tribute
about a specific person but a tribute regarding the profession.  All submissions will be
posted on the Web site. You are welcome to visit the site to view
past submissions and for inspiration. The winner will receive a $100.00 gift certificate for catalogue and a one year subscription to Current Activities in Long
Term Care Magazine.  The tribute must be an original creation of the person submitting the

Deadline is: Midnight of January 10th 2008.
The winner selected is for the calendar year 2007.
Must be emailed to:

  • Date:
  • Name of Facility
  • Person who is submitting the tribute:
  • Title of person submitting the tribute
  • Address for facility.
  • Work Phone Number.
  • Home Phone Number or Cell Phone Number.
  • Email address for work and home.
  • Length: No longer than one page 8 1/2 by 11
  • Font: Times Roman, 12 point
  • Entries will not be returned and all entries will be posted on the
    web site.

We Are Activity Professionals
by Sandra Stimson CALA, ADC, CDP

We Are Activity Professionals!

Big hearts, huge bright smiles and enormous compassion,
Creative, innovative and dynamic personalities.
We are blessed to have found this profession!

We Are Activity Professionals!
We don’t know how to say “no”! We aim to please at personal sacrifice.
Long days, hectic schedules and stressful events.
We love all of this!

We Are Activity Professionals!
Regulatory changes, tougher surveys and changing populations.
As a group like no other, we evolve, learn and adapt.
We are a tough group and can handle this like no other profession!

We Are Activity Professionals!
They say, “I could never do what you do” and you know what,
They are right!
“They, could never do all that you do!”

We Are Activity Professionals!
Phones ringing, many interruptions and endless demands.
But we demand more ourselves and ask for little in return.
No one can handle all that we do in one day!

We Are Activity Professionals!
Humanity, compassion, humor and strong moral work ethics,
We are the memory creators and the heart of every community.
We are the photo albums filled with new memories!

We Are Activity Professionals!

Thank You!
by: Sandra Stimson, Executive Director
Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care

  • Thank you for all that you do to improve the quality of life for those who matter the
    most, your residents! They appreciate it!
  • Thank you for all your creativity. The residents are thankful.
  • Thank you for the extra effort you put in to each day.
  • Thank you for helping out in the dining rooms for meal programs. They need you!
    The nursing staff does appreciate it!
  • Thank you for all the special trips and community events. They love being a part of
    the community.
  • Thank you for all the effort you put into your volunteer program, it definitely does not
    happen with out you!
  • Thank you for smiling even when you don't feel like it.
  • Thank you for spending time with those residents who can not come out of their
    rooms. They especially appreciate the pet visits.
  • Thank you for a great survey. It takes your entire team and a dynamic program.
  • Thank you for giving all of your self.
  • Thank you for filling the resident's days with meaningful activities.
  • Thank you for pushing so hard to get extra special programs approved. The extra
    effort paid off!
  • Thank you for all the extra hours you put into planning and implementing elaborate
    events. It was appreciated!
  • Thank you for attending seminars and association meetings, even when sometimes
    you have to use vacation days.
  • Thank you for supporting other activity professionals.
  • Thank you for taking a chance and trying something new.
  • Thank you for dressing up for all those holidays.
  • Thank you for all the hugs and love you give to them.
  • Thank you for developing all the children's programs.
  • Thank you for all the spiritual programs, because it means more to them at this point
    in their life.
  • But most of all Thank You for dedicating your life to this very special profession,
    Activity Professionals! We can't imagine any facility with out you!

Our call is one most extraordinary
Susan Winder-Rivera, ADC
Director Therapeutic Recreation
Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Bronx, New York
2006 Activity Professional Tribute Winner

First we try to figure out
What it is a resident's truly about-
Involving the body, the mind, and the soul
We fill the assessment, develop a goal
We look at the person
and not the dis-ease
We don't want to label
we want to perceive
In the calm of the storm
one can usually see
what a person can manifest
and what they can be,
beyond limitations, unwanted adulterations
beyond morbid fascinations and unheld screams
A higher calling cries out to be heard
in the meloncholy scenes.

It may be the heart
It may be the bones,
It may be the blood
or the brain's chemicals

when the dancer stops dancing through the loss of a limb
we map out and modify
for the resident to win
the original thrill
returned to it's source
back to the fork in the road
before things went off course...

We enliven, enrich, embrace, and encourage
we remove elements that cause to discourage
We enlighten and energize
the lost and forgotten
fan their flames, call their names
deny their Armageddon.

We are teachers, counselors, a healing balm
The soother, the smoother
of things gone wrong
We overcome obstacles beyond comprehension
our course need be steady, beyond apprehension

Our purpose is higher
than the eye can see
and although we do appear quite commonly,
Our call is one most extraordinary.
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