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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Susan Rauch, BA, ACC,
NAAP Professional Development

Most of us have learned about grieving and how to deal with the loss of a favorite relative or
resident.  But, what about the grief we have when we lose a pet that lives in our facilities?  It
isn’t a subject that we hear about very often but we will all have to deal with this type of loss
at some point in time.  When our facility had to deal with the loss of two favorite pets within a
few weeks of each other, it became a reality for our resident’s and our staff.  Losing a pet
has been hard for our residents.  We, as staff can help them through their grief but, what
about the grief of our staff?

The Activity Department staff are the ones who cared for our pets the closest day in and day
out.  Changing water and food dishes, cleaning cages and assisting residents with pet visits
are daily tasks for the Activity assistants.  We adopted our rabbit “Midnight” 9 years ago.  
The resident’s loved watching him hop around the room, feel his soft fur and long ears.  The
staff did too.  Everyone knew that the Marina unit had a rabbit.  He brought great joy and
conversation to everyone, especially those who toured our home.  One resident would only
come out of her room to feed “her little bunny” a carrot.  Another resident wanted to be in
charge of turning off the light and shutting the door each night at 9:00 pm so the rabbit
wouldn’t get lonely.  Despite his loss of sight in his later years, “Midnight” still had quality of
life. But, we knew that at 9 years old, “Midnight’s” time would soon end and sadly it did.  We
came back from our lunch break and found him gone.  Midnight was buried at one of the
Activity Assistant’s yard.

We adopted a wonderful tabby cat from PAWS 8 years ago who was appropriately named
“Miss Kitty”.  She lived on the Bay unit and despite a few staff complaining of being allergic
to cats, became a favorite as well.  “Miss Kitty” knew when residents were ill or dying and
would instinctively lay on their beds providing great comfort to them as well as their family
members.  She loved to interrupt staff’s charting time by sitting on top of their charts.  She
loved to play with our pens too but was always very gentle.   When Miss Kitty became a
diabetic in her later years, it was the nursing staff who gave her insulin shots twice a day.  
When she was diagnosed with high blood pressure, the staff dealt with that too.  We saw the
signs of aging and knew one day we would not have Miss Kitty there with us anymore.  That
day came unfortunately September 20th when Miss Kitty couldn’t use her back legs anymore
and was in renal failure.  Her quality of life was gone and we had to make the terrible
decision to put her to sleep.  The social worker and I gently stroked Miss Kitty and
repeatedly told her what a wonderful cat she was while she quietly went to sleep.  We both
sobbed and felt the grief to the depths of our souls.

Our Chaplain holds an annual “Blessing of the Animals” for our facility pets as well as for all
of the pets who visit our home.  We will continue to grieve for the rabbit and cat that won’t be
with us this year.  And that’s ok – it is part of the process and something we must continue to
work through.  We are not ready yet to replace our pets – the pain is still too fresh.  It is
important to allow staff time to grieve and say good-bye in the ways that they are
comfortable.  For some, telling great stories about the pet can be a helpful part of grieving
while for others, dealing with it quietly is best.  For some of us, we will share our grief
together and give praise to a wonderful cat while we spread Miss Kitty’s ashes over the
gardens of the Bay unit.  We will one day find other pets to fill our hearts with and the cycle
of life will continue.
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