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.
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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
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The Activity Professional’s Role in
Preventing the Spread of Flu
By Myrtle Klauer, ADC, CAP

As part of the interdisciplinary team, activity professionals need to know what to do in order
to help keep the residents and themselves healthy during the flu season. Although most
viruses do not live environmentally, it is always good practice to decontaminate surfaces,
props, supplies, and equipment that are shared by others. The largest outbreaks of flu
usually occur between December and March.
Preventing the Spread of the Flu

The most important thing staff and volunteers can do is to stay home at the first signs of the
flu. If someone begins to get the flu while at work, instruct the employee to return to the
activity department and go home immediately.
It is also important to know and follow the CDC’s Guidelines for Respiratory Hygiene/Cough

  • Cover the nose/mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Use tissues to contain respiratory secretions and dispose of them in the nearest
    waste receptacle after use.
  • Perform hand hygiene (e.g., hand washing with non-antimicrobial soap and water,
    alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic hand wash) after having contact with respiratory
    secretions and contaminated objects/materials.
  • Make sure to have plenty of tissues and hand hygiene supplies available at all times.
    These should always be on the activity carts along with a non-touch receptacle for
    soiled tissues.
  • Activity professionals should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent
    their possibly contaminated hands from spreading germs throughout the facility.
    Anyone with a cough should wear a mask when interacting with the residents.
  • Activity professionals have a great potential for spreading disease because of the
    many props and common supplies used during activities. Staff needs to take extra
    precautions to keep everyone safe.
  • Poker chips, scissors, plastic game pieces, glue bottles, etc. should be washed in a
    basin filled with hot water and an antibacterial soap.
  • Playing cards, game boards, etc. should be wiped with a clean cloth dipped in a basin
    of antibacterial soap.
  • Stuffed toys and other cloth props should be washed in a washing machine filled with
    hot water and an antibacterial soap at least weekly. They should be sprayed after
    each use with Lysol or another antibacterial surface spray.
  • Limit the borrowing of books and magazines during flu season.
  • Limit “assembly line” crafts. Choose simpler crafts a resident can complete on their
  • Wash surfaces of tables, arms of chairs and seats, before and after each activity.
  • Activity carts should be washed down with an antibacterial solution at the end of each

Meeting the Activity Needs of Residents With the Flu

Activity Professionals must meet the activity needs of those residents in isolation. Encourage
the residents with flu symptoms to stay in their rooms where you can bring the activity to
them. Make sure any props you bring into the residents’ rooms can be left and disposed of
after the resident’s isolation ends.

The following are some guidelines from the CDC when working with residents who have
contracted the flu:

  • Wear a surgical mask upon entering the room or when working within three feet of the
    resident. Remove masks when leaving room and dispose of properly.
  • Wear gloves if in contact with respiratory secretions or potentially contaminated
  • Wear a gown if soiling of clothes with respiratory secretions is expected.
  • Change gloves and gowns after each resident encounter.
  • Decontaminate hands before and after touching the resident, environment, or
    secretions even if gloves were worn.
  • f hands are visibly soiled, wash with either a non-antimicrobial or an antimicrobial
    soap and water.
  • If hands are not visibly soiled use an alcohol based hand rub.

Educating Volunteers and Groups

Hold in-services with all the volunteers so they know what to expect during the flu season
and how to stop the spread of the flu throughout the facility. Make sure each volunteer has
a supply of tissues and antibacterial hand wash when they visit.

Action must also be taken to prevent groups from spreading the flu. Work with the leader of
each group and explain the danger for the residents when someone with the flu comes into
the facility.

The same is true for children involved in the intergenerational program, because the flu is
dangerous for children coming into the facility. If there is a serious outbreak of the flu in the
facility, be sure to notify all groups scheduled during the outbreak and ask them to postpone
their visit until the residents are well.
At the top of this page is a sample letter to send to each group leader who schedules a visit
during flu season. By educating these groups, activity professionals can prevent individuals
who are ill from visiting the facility.


By remaining vigilant and exercising common sense, the activity department can help the
facility prevent and/or lessen the flu among residents, volunteers, and staff. Frequent
washing of one’s hands is perhaps the easiest way of preventing the spread of the flu.
Disinfecting the supplies and props used in the activity program is another way of killing
germs. Limiting visits from outside groups and educating those scheduled to visit also helps
decrease the spread of the flu.

Building in time for the activity staff to clean and disinfect the areas where they work, activity
carts, and other supplies will help insure it is being done. Don’t forget to keep a supply of
alcohol wipes handy to clean the phone receiver before use.

Use this article and the Pre/Post Test found at the end of this article as an in-service for the
activity staff and volunteers. Review it often during the flu season to make sure the staff and
volunteers know the importance of following the guidelines found in this article.

Pre/Post Test Answers: 1. F, 2. T, 3. F, 4. F, 5. T, 6. T, 7. T, 8. T, 9. F, 10. T, 11. T, 12. T,
13. T, 14. F, 15. T, 16. T, 17. T, 18. T

Sample Letter to Groups

November 1, 2004

Ms. Gayle Simpson
Happytown School
555 W. Third Street
Happytown, IL 55555

Dear Ms. Simpson,

Thank you for scheduling a visit to sing carols for the residents at Happyville Nursing Home.
The residents are looking forward to your visit on Friday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00 p.m.

I’m sure you are aware of the shortage of flu vaccine this year. In order to protect the
residents, as well as the children visiting Happyville Nursing Home, we ask the following of
  • Please do not bring any child exhibiting symptoms of the flu.
  • Notify me if there is an outbreak of the flu at the school and you need to reschedule
    your visit. I can be reached at 555-5555 ext. 35.
  • Please limit the children’s direct contact with the residents this year.
  • Do not bring handmade cards, ornaments, or other things for the children to give to
    the residents.

In turn, I will notify you if an outbreak of the flu happens at the nursing home. We can
reschedule when the residents are felling better.

Please explain to the children why we must take these precautions and limit their contact
with the residents.

Myrtle Klauer, ADC, CAP
Activity Director

The Activity Professional’s Role
in Preventing the Spread of Influenza

Pre/Post Test

Place a “T” for True or an “F” for False in front of each statement

____ 1.  Since the activity department is made up of fewer staff than other departments in
the facility, I should report to work unless I have a fever.
____ 2.         Washing my hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub is one of the
best ways of preventing the spread of the flu.
____ 3.         An essential part of preparing for an activity is to wash the table, chair arms
and seat with a disinfectant before inviting the residents to the activity.
____ 4.  Resident with the flu cannot have their activity needs met until they are well and
able to join the group.
____ 5.  Before using a phone, wipe the receiver with an alcohol wipe.
____ 6.  Tissues, an alcohol-based hand rub, and non-touch disposal container should be
constantly available during an activity.
____ 7.  If I have a cough or am sneezing, I should wear a mask when interacting with
____ 8.  I should wear a gown, gloves, and mask when providing activities to a resident who
has the flu.
____ 9.  I don’t need to change my mask, gown, or gloves until I have completed my rounds
of 1:1 visits.
____ 10. During the flu season I should be careful not to pass props from one resident to
another without disinfecting first.
____ 11. I should cover my mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
____ 12. If I begin feeling ill during my shift, I should return to the activity department, inform
my supervisor, and go home.
____ 13. Getting the FLuMist nasal-spray may help prevent the flu if I am healthy.
____ 14. It’s not possible to spread the flu by simply touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
during interactions with the residents.
____ 15. It’s important to disinfect props, supplies, equipment, cards, etc. after using them in
activity areas.
____ 16. During flu season, it’s best to limit “assembly line” crafts and lending of books and
____ 17. Monitor direct contact with residents if you observe a child in the intergenerational
program coughing or sneezing.
____ 18. This year the entire staff must work together to protect the residents from the
spread of the flu.

List at least seven things you can do to help prevent the spread of influenza at the facility:

1 ______________________________________

2 ______________________________________

3 ______________________________________

4 ______________________________________

5 ______________________________________

6 ______________________________________

7 ______________________________________
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