The 2018 RAP in OHIO Conference will be held October 24-26 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus Ohio. Stay tuned for details and we’ll see you there.

Our theme for 2018 will be HAWAIIAN LUAU!!

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Aloha! Get out your grass skirts and look forward to a trip to the tropics (well actually Columbus) . The 2018 conference is gonna be a breath of fresh air!


Here are the results of our 2017 Wage and Budget Surveys:

2017 Survey – Wages & Budget 

2017 Award Winners:

Activity Assistant Award Winner:  Mary Catherine Hiles

Administrator of the Year Award Winner: Kim Lykins

Volunteer Award Winner: Dr Rev William Campbell

Dr. Charles Peckham Award: Ron Wilson

Jean Lyttle Spirit Award: Mary Miller

Thank you to all our 2017 RAP in OHIO Conference Attendees, Vendors and Speakers!



2017 Speakers include:

 Michael McCann: When was the Last Time you did Something for the First Time?

This session gets into a philosophy of not just maintaining the residents lives but helping them achieve goals, live a fulfilling life and become the strongest versions of themselves

Julie Buckeye   Balloflex: Movement and Music

Be aware of the impact of music and movement on individuals. Understand benefits of increasing movement and music in their facilities. Participants will have developed suitable actions for peaking and maintaining participant attention during sessions.

Barbara Brock: The Next Step in Dementia Care

Currently numerous individuals concerned about the performance of their memory are being identified as having dementia when they complete a “Quick Screening “memory test.  Quick Screening tests quickly reveal memory problems but stop short of providing valid/reliable data that can lead health care professionals to develop the next step in dementia care.

Gloria O’Neill-Savage: Lowering Dementia Medications Naturally

Participants will review collected studies using Aromatherapy in Facilities with residents.  Participants will apply and experience Aromatherapy while learning the benefits, and the quality and care of essential oils as well as the contraindications and which to avoid.

Dawn Worsley: Activities as a Revenue Generating Department

This session will help you identify the critical role that the Activities Department has and the way that “Activities” can contribute both financially as well as in a positive manner to help facilities achieve a 5-Star Rating.

Sherry Barzak: How to Motivate Your Crew to Work as a Team

The attendee will learn what it means to motivate your team, when is it needed to motivate your team (and how to tell),  and how to make to work together without them realizing it.

Amber Merriman: Ethical Decision Making in LTC

This program will encourage self exploration of ethical thinking. It will discuss several elements of ethical thinking including but not limited to diversity, education, and team work. Participants will have the opportunity to share ethical concerns with the group.

Rev. Steve “Brad” Jackson:  Improving Quality of Life with Hospice

This workshop will explore the unique social and spiritual needs of hospice patients, and will engage activity professionals in discussion related to diagnosis-specific interventions with a goal of maximizing quality of life.

Laura Marsee & Tammy Allison: Redefining Activities: How to Win Staff Buy in and Engagement      

This session focuses on the pursuit of activities to reach and engage a population with dementia residing in a nursing home setting, assisted living setting, or even an independent or adult day setting. The session will cover activity ideas and practical means and methods to implement and overcome potential barriers.                   


Tammy Point:  ABC’s of Documentation

Participants will learn how to work with the IDT to implement a person centered care plan and ensuring paper work in a picture of the resident. Participants will be able to perform MDS 3 interviews, write progress notes, gather information for assessments and put gathered information into a Person Centered Care Plan.

Scott Shroyer: The Greatest Generation: Living on Borrowed Time

How to and why we should make great days for customers regardless of budget. Invoke passion in the attendees in hopes of them approaching their daily work with the goal of giving a sense of purpose to every customer. Provide a how to and why this can be done by anyone, every single day. If we don’t do this for our Seniors, who will?







These are the Results of our 2016 Wage Survey.

Take a look…. 2016 wage survey calculations


Activity Assistant Award Winner:  JoAnn Lacey

Administrator of the Year Award Winner: Olivia Gibson

Advancement Award Winner: Chancellor Health Care Partners

Innovative Award Winner: Linda Gutierrez

Volunteer Award Winner: Ruth Souder

Dr. Charles Peckham Award: Karla Hale

                                                 OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS

Pearl Kress  Service Years: 2014 – 2016

Kim Cline     Service Years: 2016 – 2016

 For Commitment and Service to the RAP Board of Trustees.

RAP in Ohio Flower BannerThank you to all those who attended our 2016 conference! 





Conference Photos from Past Years