Each year, Holland Lake Nursing Center celebrates National Activity Professionals Week. This year, NAP Week was observed Jan. 19-24. This week is designed to honor activity professionals and the significant role they play in enriching the lives of the elderly and those they serve.The activity profession has evolved dramatically over the years. State and federal regulations have heightened value on quality of life activities with the Activity Guidance clearly stating that “meaningful activities and quality of life are equally important as quality of care.”Holland Lake Nursing Center’s Activity Director is Stephanie Haines. Haines has been the activity director for HLNC for over 14 years.Today’s activity professionals plan, implement and evaluate person-centered, meaningful activities, specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of each resident. Their particular training prepares them to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings and includes thorough assessment, care planning and evaluation of each resident. Therapeutic activity services may include: music, exercise, intergenerational programs, cognitively challenging games, educational opportunities, spirituality, special events, programs for the cognitively impaired and pet therapy, which is a big part of the activities at Holland Lake. HLNC’s pet therapy dog is Duncan Haines, (pictured with Stephanie Haines). Duncan visits three to four times each week and is very popular with the residents.Activity Professionals are held to very stringent qualifications, expectations and regulations. The residents, family and staff of Holland Lake Nursing Center celebrate Stephanie Haines for more than 14 years as its Activity Professional.