Summary: Through comprehensive assessment and evaluation, develops program of activity therapy from a holistic approach to meet the needs of a diverse resident population.
BS in Recreation Therapy preferred or
Bachelor's degree in human service field, with relevant experience* or
BS in Occupational Therapy, with relevant experience or
Certification as Occupational Therapy Assistant , with relevant experience* or
Associate degree in human service field, with relevant experience *or
Certified Activity Director (NCCAP or state-specific) AND must have worked full time under the supervision of licensed recreational therapist or certified activity director in a long term care setting for a minimum of one year.
If no state-specific certification program exists may have high school diploma or equivalent with two years of experience in social or recreational programming within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full time in a patient activity program in a health care setting. Must have completed 6 credits of college courses, including 1 English course in composition, technical or report writing, and one course in area of Art/Recreational Programming, Science or Management with a passing grade.
Certified Recreation Therapist preferred or
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant or
Certified Activity Director (NCCAP or state specific)
. [It is recommended that the hiring entity provide opportunities for national certification.]
*Two years of experience in social or recreational programming within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full time in a patient activity program in a health care setting.
Experience in management/administrative duties preferred
Performs comprehensive assessment for each resident to determine level of abilities combined with past and current interests.
Based on findings develops an individualized program of activity pursuits that are meaningful to the resident.
Completes MDS, RAPS in a timely manner, utilizing observation and assessment/monitoring tools.
Documents resident response to care plans and evaluates individual resident activity care plans for effectiveness, through participation records, etc.
Develops and utilizes a budget sufficient to maintain equipment and purchase supplies, enabling staff to provide for prescribed activity models.
Utilizes the "biopsychosocial" model to create meaningful activities for individuals.
As an active member of the Interdisciplinary Team, utilizes cutting edge models of approach, such as music therapy, pet therapy, aroma-therapy, therapeutic touch, etc. to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, aggression and pain.
Assists in evaluating efficacy of interventions for nursing and physician action.
Develops a variety of activity "tracks" to appeal to a heterogeneous resident population, including assorted lifestyle desires (such as individuals who prefer self-initiated activities), cultural diversity and age-appropriate choices.
Utilizes the environment to provide both comfort and stimulation to the resident population.
Assists residents and staff in orientation to time and place by strategic use of center-wide bulletin boards and appropriate holiday decorations or reminders.
Arranges for speakers, presenters, advocates and clergy to interact with individuals and groups of residents.
Supports residents' needs and desires through 1:1 interaction, small group activity and large group meetings.
Organizes resident activities into a clear format (calendars and other communication tools) as a resource residents and staff can refer to.
Assists residents and guests to activities with the help of direct care staff
Arranges and coordinates off-site activity trips, when available or appropriate.
Provides a venue for resident activism through the resident council process; communicates expressed desires and concerns of those residents to Executive Director and appropriate department heads.
Together with the Social Services Director, provides a venue for family involvement through the family council process.
Takes comprehensive minutes at resident council meetings, and keeps files in safe, confidential storage.
Develops and maintains community volunteer efforts.
Fosters sense of community with the center environment.
Supervises Resident Activity Assistants.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Collaborates with Rehabilitation Department to arrange activities that promote functional independence (Example: Provides range of motion activity plan with and for restorative nursing services).
Communicates relevant data to other disciplines, such as providing information on fluid and snack intake at activities to nutrition services.
Through in-service training, educates all staff members on approaches and models.
Collaborates with social services personnel in developing intervention strategies for residents with evident psychosocial concerns
Consults with Interdisciplinary Team on residents who may have behavioral disturbance or symptoms of a mood disorder, making recommendations based on observed and documented interests and needs.
Ensures all resident activity documentation is complete, and reflects analysis of effectiveness and reaches a conclusion on how to proceed with plan of care.
Utilizes Quality Indicators/Quality Measures Report to evaluate program efficacy for individuals and overall performance; makes program changes when needed.
Assists resident/family and social services with discharge planning, by providing insights on effective activity interventions.
Skill in team building, collaborating with other disciplines
Articulate writing skills
Good oral communication techniques
Ability to assess resident moods and revise approach accordingly
Willing to advocate for resident needs and desires, protect resident rights
Knowledge in variety of activity approaches
Willingness to learn about areas that impact resident population, i.e. dementia
Builds rapport easily
Enjoys working with diverse populations
Desire to improve, learn new methods
Ability to maintain confidentiality
This description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work for this position. It is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities that may be periodically assigned.