Hallmark Healthcare of Carlinville Honored Dani Trent 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
Hallmark Healthcare of Carlinville, the 45-bed subacute and skilled
nursing facility, honored its activity director, Dani Trent, for her 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 Trent every day. “I most enjoy getting to know the residents and finding
out what excites them so I can plan my activity schedule around the people we have
in our building,” she said.
At Hallmark Healthcare, Trent said three of the most popular resident
- Baking cookies or creating a snack
- Musical entertainment and parties
Trent has been the activity director at Hallmark Healthcare for many
years now. “I chose a career in skilled nursing because I have a passion for the
elderly,” she said.
Focusing on Quality of Life
Professionals like Trent 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. Every day, she
strives to support the mission, vision, and commitment to providing quality care and
innovative services for which Hallmark Healthcare is known.
Research from the National Library of Medicine reports that social
engagement promotes physical and mental health in older adults. Keeping her
residents inspired, involved, and connected is how Trent defines her mission.
“I am passionate about my job because it's inspiring watching the
seniors work together and create a new family here at Hallmark Healthcare,” Trent
noted. “We are a small, tight-knit community, so the comradery really inspires me. I
love getting to know each person individually and bringing things to the table that
I know they will connect with. Making sure everyone feels they are being included is
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.