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by Debbie Hommel, BA, ACC, CTRS, Executive Director of DH Special Services
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Executive Director
DH Special Services
About Debbie

Debbie Hommel, BA, ACC,
CTRS, is the Executive
Director of DH Special
Services. She is a Certified
Activity Consultant on State
and National level, with over
twenty-seven years of
experience in providing direct
care and consultation to long
term care, medical day care,
assisted living, and ICF/MR
facilities throughout New
Jersey, New York, Maryland,
and Pennsylvania. She is an
experienced trainer and
workshop presenter,
conducting a variety of
seminars throughout the
Tri-State area for the Activity
Professional, Administrator,
and allied healthcare
professional. Debbie Hommel
is an active member of Activity
Professional Associations on
State and National levels. She
is ACC certified through the
NCCAP. She is a founding
member of the New Jersey
Activity Professionals'
Association, serving terms as
Vice President and President.
She received the Weidner
Lifetime Achievement Award
in 1994 and the Monmouth &
Ocean County Activity
Professionals Life
Achievement Award in 1999.
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  1. What Does It Mean To Be An Activity Professional?
  2. What Is the Therapeutic Process
  3. Adapting Activities for Success
  4. Potential Changes to Interpretive Guidelines for Nursing Homes
  5. Organizing and Managing an Individual Visit Program
  6. How to Prepare for Departmental Inservices
  7. Keeping the Home in the Holidays
  8. Activity Professionals Make Lives Rich
  9. Programming for the Short Term Resident
  10. “Adopt a Mom” for Mother’s Day”
  11. Meeting the Activity Challenge
  12. Themes for Life
  13. Volunteer Management for the Activity Professional
  14. Laughter and Joy as a Therapeutic Approach
  15. The Importance and Value of Resident Councils
  16. The Activity Professional as Advocate
  17. Integrating the Holiday Spirit into Activity Programming for People With
    Alzheimer's Disease
  18. "25 Years of Creating Heartfelt Memories" National Activity Professionals
    Week 2007
  19. Documentation:  What's The Point?
  20. Introducing Interdisciplinary  Sensory Approaches
  21. To Care Plan or Not to Care Plan
  22. The Basics of Writing Therapeutic Goals
  23. Writing Care Plan Interventions
  24. Programming for the Younger Resident
  25. Progress Notes Basics
  26. Episodic Entries for the Activity Professional
  27. Putting the "Special" in Special Events
  28. Understanding Behavioral Symptoms
  29. Behavioral Management Strategies
  30. What Can I Do?  Behavioral Caregiver Strategies for the Team
  31. When All Else Fails Bring Them To Activities
  32. Professional Vision Statements: What do you see for our Future?
  33. Mission Impossible? Not for the Activity Professional!
  34. To Have a Departmental Philosophy Statement or Not to Have - That is the
  35. Who is the Person in Person Centered Care?
  36. Person Centered Care and the Activity/Recreation Professional
  37. The Use of Standardized Assessments in Understanding the Older Adult
  38. Knowledge + Power = Activity Professional
  39. Translating Assessment Information into Activity Types - Part I
  40. Translating Assessment Information into Activity Types - Part II
  41. Person Centered Activities and the Holidays
  42. The Activity Profession:  Soaring to New Heights
  43. Fighting Ageism - The Role of the Activity Professional
  44. Quality Assurance for the Activity Manager
  45. Diversional Activity Zones
  46. Education and the Activity Professional:  Learning Opportunities for All
  47. What’s so Special about Special Care?
  48. Regulations and the One to One Program
  49. Getting Closer To Home
  50. Activities:  Going With the Flow
  51. Five Things Everyone Needs to Know When Working on a Special Care
  52. And the Survey Says...
  53. Home for the Holidays
  54. Caring By Design
  55. There is a Bridge
  56. Let's Get Physical:  Exercise and the Elderly
  57. Five Steps To Greater Interdisciplinary Involvement
  58. Springing Forward with Gardening Programs
  59. They Say She's Confused
  60. What I learned at the 2nd Annual NCCAP Symposium
  61. "Man's Best Friend" - Pet Facilitated Therapy in LTC Part I
  62. "Man's Best Frined" - Pet Facilitated Therapy in LTC Part II
  63. "For the times, they are a changin'..."
  64. Gratitude is a Virtue
  65. The Joy of Giving
  66. I Am a Certified Activity Professional
  67. Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones But Words Can Never Hurt You -
    or NOT!
  68. Defining the "I" in Interdisciplinary
  69. Activities + Nursing = Teamwork
  70. TEAM:  Together Everyone Accomplishes More
  71. What Will Baby Boomers Want?
  72. Five Things I Learned at the 3rd Annual NCCAP Symposium
  73. Flat Granny Visits the Jersey Shore
  74. NCCAP Finalizing National Exam
  75. Activities-a-la-Cart
  76. Making Sense of Sensory