Summary & Objective
The Assistant, Activities organizes, implements, and documents activity/recreational therapy programs to increase social interaction, enhance motor, social, and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings using a variety of treatment modalities.
- Instructs and leads various activity/recreation programs.
- Takes Leadership of evening, weekend and holiday programs at the direction of the Activities Director.
- Maintains records regarding activity / recreation programs and participants; prepares reports as needed.
- Assists in the formulation of the monthly activity schedule and evaluation of all recreation programs and assists with solicitation required in connection with these programs.
- Familiarize new patients and/or residents with the recreational opportunities available. Provides other staff with patients and/or resident's interests and needs.
- Transports and assists patient and/or residents to and from activity/recreational programs.
- Encourages patients and/or residents participation within programs as needed to involve them to fullest extent.
- Visits patients and/or residents on an one to one basis for socialization, reality orientation, sensory and tactile stimulation and to encourage independent activities and provide needed materials such as books, magazines, puzzles, games, etc.
- Assists in preparation and serves refreshments for recreation programs, completes monthly food request forms if applicable.
- Supervises volunteers and assists in training new volunteers; assists in the evaluation and revision of the volunteer program.
- Obtains through personal interview, and/or other means, information regarding each Patient and/or resident's interest including apparent mental and physical capabilities, and the ability to participate in the recreational activity programs.
- Records initially and periodically, individual patients and/or resident's interests, involvement, and adjustment to the recreational activities program.
- Develops and maintains active treatment plans for patients and/or residents listed on weekly care plan schedules and if prior approval is given for absence, the scheduled work must be completed before the absence.
- Confers with attending physicians and maintains individual patient's and/or resident's activities medical approval so as not to conflict with the patient's and/or resident's total care plan.
- Confers with the other members of the interdisciplinary patient and/or resident care team regarding patients and/or residents involvement in the recreational activities program and potential psychosocial needs.
- Operates equipment for various events, including audio-visual equipment.
*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
- Provides orientation to new employees as needed.
- Maintain your required license, certifications and mandatory skill updates.
- Comply with all policies, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- May serve as an interim department leader depending on need.
- Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and push/pull up to 250+ pounds, walk, climb stair or ladders, stand on feet for extended periods of time, etc.
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
CHS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Knowledge & Experience Requirements
- High School diploma or general education degree (GED)
- Clear and Active Certified Nursing Assistant certification to practice in the state of Florida is preferred
- 1-3 years of experience in a an Activities / Recreation role preferred
- Must have knowledge of computer office/clinical software
- Must be able to read, write and understand the English language