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2015 NCCAP Educational Symposium


NCCAP Announces the location for the 2015 Symposium

Embassey Suites
Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle East
201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513
Fax: 919-677-1841

Save the Dates - start preparing now -

June 4 - 6, 2015

EMAIL addresses are NEEDED....


Attention NCCAP certified individuals....

NCCAP NEEDS your current email address. IF what we have on file has changed, or if we do NOT currently have an email address listed for you PLEASE contact the NCCAP office and make sure we have it on file.

NCCAP sends a monthly newsbits with information of upcoming events, a quarterly newsletter and other NCCAP happenings, as well as we are using an electronic ballot for the Board of Directors election

Contact, with your email address

Home Care Certification growing strong....


Effective January 1, 2014 – NCCAP is offering an HCC level of certification

Understanding the Home Care (Activity) Certification (HCC)

The Home Care industry is booming, and will only continue to grow in the near future.

Home is where the care is for a growing number of people in the United States. Industry growth has been fostered by an aging population, the prevalence of chronic disease, strengthening physician acceptance of home care and a continued movement toward cost-efficient treatment options from public and private payers.

Until now there was no national criterion for the qualifications of the individuals working in this profession. It can vary from agency to agency, with most holding at best a high school diploma or GED.

Home Health worker ( PC training) criteria varies from state to state as its built on a medical model of care to the client. The Home Care agencies, send their workers into the homes based on a social model of care. The need for a minimum criteria and training in this area is so imperative for the clients meaningful quality of life. Assessing the clients customary routine, learning about physical and psychosocial needs, assessing their functional and cognitive abilities and then being able to implement an individualized leisure program accordingly, as well as the ability to follow that client from the home care to their family care, or ADS etc will ensure more meaningful experiences.

The HCC criteria will require (as with all other levels of certification) the "hands on" experience working with a credible home care agency, the continuing education for continued learning, the core knowledge/training for this level of certification, and the high school diploma/GED. This is an entry level of certification that we hope will also encourage those individuals to pursue becoming certified activity assistants/directors in the future, after they get their foot in the door in the health care industry.

Requirements for HCC
1.High School diploma/GED
2.Completion of the Activities 101 (8) hour training course
3.Six (6) months {1000 hours} of Home Care experience
4.20 hours of continuing education

Process –
Applicants will complete the HCC application form (in addition to the NCCAP application), sending the verification of the HS/GED, the Home Care experience, CE’s (per the NCCAP Standards) and certificate of completion of the Activities 101 (8) hour course.
(That will be offered throughout the country from NCCAP pre-approved MEPAP instructors who also obtain their Activities 101 PRE-approval #).

***The Activities 101 training hours can also be applied toward a specialization as an HC

SPECIAL recognition goes out to ROS Therapy Systems for their Support and promotion of the HCC credential!!!!!

MEPAP Instructors willing to donate a FREE class


IF you are out there and you are needing to take a MEPAP course to pursue becoming nationally credentialed with NCCAP, yet you are having difficulty paying for the course, see the below list of pre-approved MEPAP instructors that are willing to donate a course...

Dawn Appler-Worsley - MD
John Collins - FL
Natalie Davis -TX
Cindy Bradshaw - VA (given 8/2013)
Joan Marie Granato - NJ
Bonnie Green - ME
Sandy Hennum - MN
Debbie Hommel - NJ (given 7/2013)
April Keehan - VA
Jennifer Krupa - OH
Roz O'Neil - AZ
Nancy Richards - PA
Debra Stewart - OH
Alisa Tagg - NV (given 10/2013)
Donna Tennant - WV
Theresa Thorland - IA (given 8/2013)
Arlene Tierney-Pierce - NV (given 10/2014)
Kathy HUghes (ADN) - NY - (given 6/2014)

**Any other instructors willing to donate a class - please write Cindy and let her know, thanks

***Those requesting the free course(s), please contact the instructors directly, see the mepap instructor listing on the site for their email addresses.

Certification renewals


Certification Renewals –
REMINDER to all those that are renewing their certifications this year..
• Continuing education hours MUST be between the last renewal and the current renewal (that 2 year time frame)
• 20% can be Facility Inservices – such as fire safety, infection control etc
• 20% can be Health related – such as CPR, CNA, CDL, nursing classes etc
• 30% can be from the webinar type offerings that your facility is contracted with such as Care2Learn, Silver Chair and Upstairs Solutions
• Your renewals are mailed to you 90 days BEFORE your expiration – they MUST be postmarked by the 1st to avoid the additional late fee. (NOT receiving your renewal in the mail, MAY be because you moved and didn’t share your current address with your credentialing body, OR may mean it was simply lost in the mail – in any event there are renewal forms ONLINE for you to download, or you may contact the NCCAP office for a new form, either way your expiration date doesn’t change, therefore renewing ON TIME is YOUR responsibility.
• IF renewing your specializations – remember to include the additional CE’s and fees

NCCAP's new and improved WEBSITE is coming soon!!!!!

August 14, 2014

NCCAP will be revising its website

We will be inputing many of the suggestions submitted through our Education committee and Call to Action Committe, coupled with the expertise of our webmaster we intend;
- to make it more "user friendly"
- add a tab for the HCC Certification
- add a page just for the student tools
- add a page/link for the administrators
- add a general information about activities, credentials etc
and many many more things -

Right now all of this information can be found on the site, however after the update, it will be easier to manipulate for everyone involved!

So be watching for this change to come!!!!

2015 White House Council on Aging


October 15, 2014

Launching the White House Conference on Aging Website

ACL is pleased to forward this blog post from White House Conference on Aging Executive Director Nora Super. While visiting the conference website, discover ways to get involved, including signing up to receive updates on conference activities.

I am deeply honored to serve as the Executive Director of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and welcome you to our website. This website provides updates on recent events and opportunities for you to get involved. Here you will also find information on key issues that we will explore in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The coming months will be a time for us to engage in a dialogue and build a shared vision on how to continue to maximize the contributions of Americans as we age, and how to advance priorities such as healthy aging, a secure retirement, accessing the services and supports older Americans need to remain in their communities, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect.

The White House Conference on Aging represents an important step in working to ensure that Americans throughout the lifespan have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, make choices about their daily lives, and participate fully in community life. In addition, the Conference is designed to assist the public and private sectors to be responsive to the needs of a diverse aging population and to promote the dignity and independence of and expand opportunities for current and future generations of older persons and their families.

I invite you to sign up for weekly updates about the 2015 Conference and participate in listening sessions and webinars that will be held in Washington, DC, and around the country in the lead-up to the conference. We want to hear your stories and thoughts about the issues and actions that are most important to you. I look forward to hearing from you!

By Nora Super, Executive Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging

NCCAP National Exam


A proposal was given to NCCAP and reviewed by both the NCCAP Board and the NCCAP Education Committee with regard to allowing an individual who has completed the MEPAP Course (all 180 hours of course work and all 180 hours of the practical) to take the National Exam, rather than having to wait until they are ready to apply for the ADC level of certification.

This proposal was accepted and the new process has been implemented.

ANY and ALL individuls that have completed the MEPAP course (in its entirity, NO EXCEPTIONS) and are CURRENTLY certified at the ADPC level, may submit a written request to sit for the NCCAP national exam.

***Any individuals that are ready to apply at the ADC level, the process will remain the same - you apply, once reviewed and found to be completed you are given permission to set for the exam.

2014-2017 NCCAP Board of Directors


NCCAP announces the 2014-2017 NCCAP Board of Directors
Debbie Hommel, ACC (NJ)President
Bryan Rife, ADC (NC) Vice President
Dawn Appler-Worsley, ADC (MD)Treasurer
Becki Sims, ADC (VA)Secretary
Linda Redhead, ACC (NY)Special Project
Melanie Evans, ADC (NC) Nominations
Michael Bower, ACC (WA) Immediate Past President

to contact any board member; see the monthly newsblitzes for their emails, or feel free to email to their attention.

Caution.."easier" isn't necessarily better for your profession


I cannot impress upon you enough the importance of credibility and Integrity / ethical practice

While some have taken or been encouraged to "take the easy way" out and get "certified " through other organizations which do not require much, at best a high school diploma and charge over $200.00 to take a non proctored "exam",,,, it once again has resulted in a deficiency in qualifications as this person was not yet prepared to lead activities ...she will be as NCCAP is working with her to bring her into compliance , but there are reasons for the professional standards set way back when by Dr Peckham and the original board

These individuals knew that the combination of education, experience , continued education and the mepap although not the easiest perhaps , would be the best for our seniors and our profession to be taken seriously and for the certified members themselves

I encourage all to be careful and take the extra steps to do it right the first time you deserve it and your facility does too

Take pride get NCCAP certified!!!!

'And a special thanks to the federal surveyors who referred the facilities to NCCAP to get their people qualified

ROS Therapy is giving away free "stuff" check it out -


Resource Review for John Moorhouse DVD's


Name of Item - Christmas Celebration with John DVD

Reviewed by the residents at Crawford County Care Ctr
Saegertown, PA
Sherry Barzak,ACC -Act. Dir
Setting - Skilled

Comments from the clients -
"It was nice, you could understand his words. Liked him playing the piano, it brought back the true meaning of Christmas"

"We used the DVD as a replacement for a band that cancelled their visit to the facility. It was good and we knew all the songs"

SECOND Review --------------------------------

Name of Item _Sing Along With John Moorhouse Series

Company : Carriage Hill Bethesda ( Skilled Nursing Facility) E-Mail

Name of Reviewer - Christine Schlumbrecht & Carriage Hill Residents

This item/product can be used in the following
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Assisted Living Facilities
Adult Day Care Memory Care

Comments_Carriage Hill Residents and staff enjoyed the music videos, Staff witness low function residents respond in a positive manner. Tapping along to the beat, as well as signing the familiar words. High Functioning residents requested that this series be added to our activities program. We will deffently play the series for them again.

Share your Best Practice at the NCCAP Symposium


Best Practice Deadline February 1st

NCCAP has always been an advocate for positive outcomes and improving quality of life for our elders through the provision of programs of excellence. The Best Practice program is an opportunity to share information about the successful programs you offer each month. In December, we hosted a "share a successful holiday" idea contest on Official NCCAP Facebook page. The ideas shared by several people were excellent examples of the type of programs that should be submitted for best practice. Resident Chorus groups, intergenerational programs, holiday decorating contests and more were highlighted and discussed. The ideas were summed up into a document which was posted on the Facebook page as well. NCCAP hopes to create a catelog of best practice ideas for all to use as needed. They will be available on Facebook and our new web site. Think about some of your programs and the amazing impact they have on your population. Consider submitting a Best Practice submission so all can benefit from your expertise.

The Best Practice application is on the NCCAP site.

MEPAP Instructor Training to be held in conjunction with the 2015 Symposium


*The MEPAP Train the Trainer will be held on Sunday June 7—Monday June 8, 2015.

Those wishing to participate in this session must register for the two day program. The sessions start at 8:00 AM and finish at 4:30PM each day. Lunch in-cluded and 16 clock hours are available for those participating.

MEPAP Instructor Update—Train the Trainer
8:30—4:30—Day 1
This session will introduce the updated and revised MEPAP Instructor Administrative Manual and review the responsibilities as an NCCAP Pre-approved instructor. (ALL instructors will need this training in order to receive the updated manual). Additionally, we will be putting the instructors to the “test” which will include a sampling of the NCCAP exam questions, review some of the most commonly missed areas. Seasoned MEPAP instructors will share their “best practices” in the various competencies with their students. We will also cover the development of a curriculum, learning objectives and how to meet the needs of an adult learner.

8:30 – 4:30 – Day 2
Train the Trainer
This session will cover all aspects of developing your course objectives for the “new” MEPAP Instructor. It will include, but not be limited to, finding resources for your curriculum development and meeting the MEPAP objectives. All individuals taking the Training to become MEPAP Instructors must attend both sessions.

**Day 2 will only be held if we have registrants for the MEPAP 17 hr (new) instructor training

NCCAP once again offers FREE chats, sponsored by Activity Directors Network


NCCAP and Activity Directors Network are hosting an Interactive Chatroom the week of National Activity Professionals Week. (January 18th-25th, 2015) The chat will begin at 8:00 PM EST time each night.

Each night will be hosted by a different Activity Professional on a variety of topics. (topic and speaker subject to change) You will need to actively participate and be present for the entire hour in order to receive the one clock hour. (you may attend all 8 nights)

Register early and download a NCCAP CE Application Form for (each night) you plan to attend, as you will have to send the completed form(s) in in order to receive the free credits. Tell your friends... this is great way to earn much needed CE's.

Here's the link:

The schedule is posted below:
1/18-Sunday- Kathy Hughes-Sensory Programs
1/19-Monday- Cindy Bradshaw- Streamlining NCCAP applications/processes
1/20-Tuesday-Debbie Hommel-The ABC’s of Understanding the Cause of Dementia Driven Behaviors
1/21-Wednesday- Murv Delpino- Activity Supplies on a Dime- Resources that can help stretch your Department budget Dollars !
1/22-Thursday-Sulekha Zaug-Personality Conflicts-Tips for Managing Behaviors During Activities
1/23-Friday- Sherry Barzak-Strategies for Dealing with Mental Illness as a 1:1
1/24 -Saturday-Ruth Roach Martanis-Keeping Your Patients Motivated in Rehab with Activities
1/25- Sunday-Kathy Hughes-Themed Events

***PLEASE send in the completed CE forms in ALL at one time, it will assist with processing the certificates

NCCAP appreciates those that volunteered to present, as well as the Activity Directors Network team for sponsoring the event this year!!!

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