Edu-Catering Activity Consultation
Not your typical activity consultation.
An activity/recreation team cannot do it alone.
We must create a cutlure whereby all staff are invited, encouraged and even expected to engage residents in real life.
No more "activity programming" - that's insitutional.
Let's live real life with those living where we happen to work.
Carmen's Activity History
During her social work practicum which gave her the opportunity to also lead activitities in Minnesota, Carmen fell in love with providing meaningul activities for persons living in nursing homes. She first worked as an activity assistant and then an activity director in Colorado.
Carmen was the first certified activity professional to be a surveyor. She was a Colorado state surveyor for nine years, and was invited to serve on the four year CMS panel that developed the new 2006 interpretive guidance to Tags 248, Activities and 249, Qualified Activity Director.
Carmen became a policy analyst with CMS Central Office in Baltimore where she taught the national Basic Surveyor Course. She is now a consultant, trainer, author and owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change turning her former role of regulator into educator.
Carmen serves on the Editorial board of Activities, Adaptations and Aging, taught the MEPAP Activity Professional Training courses with Arapahoe Community College for several years and provides activity consultation with a twist to encourage whole communities to move away from the traditional “activity programming” towards engaging residents with real life.
Carmen has a Master's degree in Healthcare Systems, a Bachelor's in Social Work qualifying her under CO Chapter V regulations to conduct activity consulting at 9.2(6) by being qualified at 9.2(4) .
As a contractor to CMS, Carmen co-developed the Artifacts of Culture Change measurement tool, authored the background papers for and facilitated both Creating Home national symposiums. She facilitated the Pioneer Network Task Forces that developed the new Dining Practice Standards and subsequent Toolkit. Recently she co-authored The Power of Language to Create Culture, her eighth book Eliminating Alarms and Preventing Falls by Engaging with Life, and facilitated the first Surplus Safety Symposium.
She is a Certified Eden Associate and Eden Mentor, Certified Validation Worker and Group Practitioner. She co-founded the Colorado Culture Change Coalition, and with Action Pact has authored eight culture change workbooks plus hosts a monthly web culture change talk show called Conversations with Carmen.