Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab Honored Garrison and Weller During
National Activity Professionals Week for Success in Engaging Residents
Activities Directors are a Key to Resident Happiness
at Skilled Nursing Facilities
Feb 3, 2023
Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab, the 85-bed subacute and skilled nursing
facility, honored its activity directors, Angela Garrison and Meri Beth Weller, for
their work in creating a stimulating and engaging resident environment.
The recognition came during National Activity Professionals Week,
23-27, 2023. Activity Professionals Week - established by the
of Activity Professionals
(NAAP) - is a national week-long celebration that honors the efforts of activity
directors at healthcare facilities. These professionals enhance residents' daily
lives by providing opportunities to engage in recreational, intellectual, and
Addressing the needs of the community's senior population is what
motivates these ladies every day. “We most enjoy getting to know the residents and
seeing the difference we get to make in their lives by providing stimulating and
exciting daily activities for them,” Garrison noted.
At Sunrise, Weller said three of the most popular resident activities
- Bingo and trivia contests
- Coffee and conversations
- Arts and crafts
Focusing on Quality of Life
Professionals like Garrison and Weller are key players in a facility's
care team, creating innovative programming that positively impacts the lives of
residents, and identifying new ways to collaborate and support the community. Both
ladies have been with Sunrise for years. Every day, they strive to support the
mission, vision, and commitment to providing quality care and innovative services
for which Sunrise is known.
Research from the National Library of Medicine reports that social
engagement promotes physical and mental health in older adults. Keeping their
residents inspired, involved, and connected is how Garrison and Weller define their
“I am passionate about my job because of my passion for our elders,”
said Weller. “I look forward to each day and getting to make a difference in their
lives,” added Garrison.
To become an activities director, it takes patience and compassion.
Professionals working with an aging population meet certain professional standards
to become adept and finally certified. They are masters of multi-tasking - providing
opportunities for residents to engage in stimulating activities that improve their
quality of life while creating a sense of community.