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 Bermuda.

The National Association of Activity
Professionals recognizes the following

The quality of life of the
client/resident/participant/patient 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 profession.

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

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
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 dollars
Associate Membership = $65 US dollars
International Membership (outside US) = $65 USD
Student Membership = $55 US dollars
Supportive Membership = $99 US dollars

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by Mae Petty

A great way to get to know what every department in the facility does is to have a Skill's
Fair.  All of the departments design a booth and display everything that they do.  It can
become a lot of fun and there can be a prize for the best booth.  You can also have a theme
so everyone can use their imagination to see how well they can decorate but still educate.  
The theme we used was red, white, and blue.  It was held on Monday and Tuesday from
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This is a great way to get everyone inserviced by having everyone
that visits your booth sign a sheet that you have inserviced them on what you do.   All of the
sheets can be placed in a booklet and given to the State Surveyors when they are doing
your survey.  You can also invite other vendors to set up booths in your facility like Hospice,
Home Health, Alzheimer's, etc.  We are a seventy-eight bed facility and had around thirty

For the activity booth, staying with the theme of red, white, and blue, I placed a sky
background on the wall, a blue tablecloth on the table for a set look, and red, white and blue
stars hanging from the ceiling with physical, mental, spiritual, etc., written on them.  I placed
a beach chair with and electric massager in it at the end of the table and placed a pool of
sand near the chair.   This way everyone could set and receive a massage and place their
feet in the sand and relax while I inserviced them on what activities did.  On the table I
placed my daily charting booklet, 1:1 booklet, leveling system booklet, newsletters, and
calendars and kept a video showing of what activities did.  Also placed red, white, and blue
fish around the table and had a tape of the ocean sounds going.

Everyone did a great job on decorating.  The dietary department had a table set up with
different menus on them just like our residents would have to eat.  You were invited to sit
and eat while they served you a delicious serving of a pureed or mechanical diet.    Their
table was well decorated but the food was something else!   Even the residents had their
own table set up and decorated telling about Resident Council and Resident's Right.

It was two days of great fun and good information.
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