W. Va. Code R. § 64-85-9 - Activities

9.1. The alzheimer's/dementia special care unit and program shall provide activities appropriate to the needs of the individual residents. The residents' routine should be developed and structured seven (7) days per week and incorporate the possible need for therapeutic programming twenty four (24) hours per day in an alzheimer's/dementia special care unit and during the hours of operation of the alzheimer's/dementia special care program.
9.2. The activities program shall be directed by a person who is a therapeutic recreation specialist, occupational therapist, or activities professional who has:
9.2.a. Two years of experience in a social or recreational program in the past five years, one of which was full-time in a resident activities program in a health care setting;
9.2.b. Demonstrated the ability to provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet the residents needs;
9.2.c. Completed a training course approved by the state; and
9.2.d. Completed the training required in subdivision 4.1.c. of this rule.
9.3. At least one employee per shift shall be responsible for activities programming with the assistance, participation and coordination of all direct care staff.
9.4. Activities programming shall:
9.4.a. Be provided to large and small groups, and on an individual basis;
9.4.b. Be geared toward long term memory rather than short term memory;
9.4.c. Provide multiple short activities to work with short attention spans;
9.4.d. Provide experiences with animals, nature, and children;
9.4.e. Provide opportunities for physical, social and emotional outlets;
9.4.f. Provide activities that create a feeling of usefulness; and
9.4.g. Be appropriate and meaningful for each resident, by respecting his or her cognitive level, beliefs, culture, values, and life experience.
9.5. Planned and spontaneous group and individual activities shall be provided in the following areas at least daily:
9.5.a. Gross motor activities (i.e. exercise, dancing, gardening, cooking, etc.);
9.5.b. Self care activities (i.e. dressing, personal hygiene, grooming, etc.);
9.5.c. Social activities (i.e. spiritual, intellectual, games, music, etc.); and
9.5.d. Sensory and memory enhancement activities (i.e. auditory, scent, taste, and tactile stimulation, and reminiscing, etc.)
9.6. The alzheimer's/dementia special care unit or program shall offer the following activities at least weekly at a minimum and within specified time periods:
9.6.a. Crafts (i.e. decorations, pictures, painting, etc.); and
9.6.b. Outdoor activities, as weather permits (i.e. walking outdoors, field trips, etc.)
9.7. The alzheimer's/dementia special care unit or program shall offer the following activities at least monthly:
9.7.a. Seasonal and holiday activities


W. Va. Code R. § 64-85-9

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