The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
• Freedom from illegal use of drugs.
• Freedom from use and effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
• Anyone found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care related setting are ineligible for employment in the position.
Education and/or Experience: Has two years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last five years (one of which was full-time in a resident activities program in a health care setting) or has completed a training program approved by the state.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist desirable.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public. Computer use may be required.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as statistical process control tools and budgets. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define and solve problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to understand a variety of technical instructions in statistical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each key function satisfactorily.
Care and Services:
• Completes assessments, MDS, care plans and gathers information to design activities that are multi-faceted, meets patients’ functional levels, and reflects needs and interests of each patient.
• Through activities, provides stimulation or solace, promotes physical, cognitive and/or emotional health.
• Offers activities that enhance, to the extent practicable, resident’s physical and mental status.
• Promotes resident’s self-respect by providing activities that support self-expression and choice.
• Offers activities that involve facility staff, volunteers and visitors.
• Provides patients who are confined or choose to remain in their rooms with in room activities in keeping with life-long interest (music, reading, and visits with individuals who share their interests or reasonable attempts to connect the patient with such individuals) and in-room projects they can work on independently.
• Informs patients when activities are occurring; encourage residents’ involvement in activities.
• Assists with escorting patients to and from activities.
• Maintains sufficient activity supplies
• Interviews patients, interested family members, legal representatives and significant others to obtain and update information needed to develop individualized activities programs.
• Attends care conferences with members of the interdisciplinary team to develop, implement and evaluate plans of care.
• Communicates resident’s concerns and responses to interventions to interdisciplinary team members and to direct care staff.
• Develops and provides individual, group and bedside activities that reflect the needs and interests of resident.
• Incorporates resident choices, preferences, functional capacity and customary routines in activities. Includes these approaches in plan of care and gives this information to direct care staff.
• Develops and implements procedures that inform residents when activities are occurring, that staff encourage participation, that transportation is provided and activities occur as planned.
• Posts monthly activities calendars that:
reflects the schedules, choices and rights of the residents,
offers activities at hours convenient to the residents,
reflects the cultural and religious interests of the resident population,
appeals to both men and women and all age groups living in the facility.
• Records progress notes in the clinical record that may include subjective findings, objective symptoms, observations of behavior, interventions provided to resident and resident’s responses to activity interventions. Reviews chart entries written by activities staff
• Performs rounds, observations of activities in progress, record reviews and interviews with staff members, residents, families and Administration.
• Participates in the development of the department budget. Provides relevant financial information to Administrator regarding department financial needs and status.
• Develops staffing plan and recommends to Administrator numbers and types of activities personnel needed to meet resident needs.
• Actively participates in long term care survey process and works with Administrator to develop responses to survey report as needed.
• Participates in facility committees as required.
RESIDENT RIGHTS: Promotes residents’ rights, assists residents to make informed decisions, treats residents with dignity and respect, reports suspected abuse or neglect, and supports independent expression, choice and decision-making.
LEADERSHIP: Demonstrates willingness to try new tasks, generates new ideas for change, evaluates and recognizes priorities, selects effective team members, challenges others to learn, keeps current and integrates new information, communicates and models organization values, fosters high performance and recognizes the need for and provides adequate resources.
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: Applies quality improvement methods and techniques and identifies processes for improvement in daily work.
ENVIRONMENT OF CARE: Demonstrates understanding of fire and emergency procedures, participates in fire and disaster drills, demonstrates understanding of safety and security procedures, applies safety and security precautions, demonstrates understanding of hazardous materials plan and demonstrates proper use of equipment.
INFECTION CONTROL: Applies hand washing principles during daily work, demonstrates understanding of isolation precautions, recognizes signs and symptoms of infection and complies with the employee health program, demonstrates understanding of the process for identifying and handling infectious waste, maintains personal hygiene, complies with OSHA standards in the work place and demonstrates understanding of cross-contamination.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: Enters or records data timely, promotes confidentiality of resident information, logs onto the system using own password, logs off the system when leaving the work station, reports suspected violation of security/confidentiality issues, reviews data and identifies trends and deletes passwords of employees no longer needing access to software programs.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Demonstrates active listening techniques, gains support through effective relationships, treats others with dignity and respect, seeks feedback, sets clear standards for performance, evaluates job performance and provides effective feedback, establishes systems to measure effectiveness, efficiency and service and creates and maintains reporting mechanisms.
CONTINUING EDUCATION: Attends in-service and education programs and attends continuing education required for maintenance of professional certification or licensure.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands or fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee on occasion will assist to lift and/or transfer residents utilizing facility transfer and lift devices. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.