The primary purpose of this position is to assist with the overall operation of the Life Enrichment Department in accordance with current federal, state and local standards, our established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the Life Enrichment Director, to assure that an on-going program of activities is designed to meet the needs interest and abilities of residents in memory care.
Essential Job Functions Duties and Responsibilities
Life Enrichment Functions
- Assist with developing, implementing, facilitating, and evaluating the Life Enrichment programs.
- Show awareness of department policies and procedures. Be able to communicate best practices to staff, residents and families.
- Coordinate activities with other departments.
- Organize and facilitate resident outings into the community as determined by their interests and abilities.
- Provide necessary adaptations (creative or supplies) to meet individual resident needs.
- Plan and participate in special events.
- Assist with publishing a monthly calendar and facility newsletter.
- Recommend supplies and materials needed to support Life Enrichment programs.
- Participate in facility surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies. Assist with reviewing and developing a plan of correction for deficiencies noted during survey inspections.
- Review and resolve departmental complaints and grievances and communicate to the Life Enrichment Director of action(s) taken as appropriate.
- Assist with developing, implementing, and maintaining an ongoing quality assurance program for the Life Enrichment department.
- Use creative problem solving to address resident needs.
Safety and Sanitation
- Participate in the planning, conducting, and scheduling of timely in-service and orientation training classes.
- Partner with the Life Enrichment Director to recruit, train, organize and supervise volunteers.
Care Plan and Assessment Functions
- Ensure that department work areas are maintained in a clean, sanitary, and safe manner.
- Assist the Infection Control Coordinator in identifying, evaluating, and classifying routine and job related activity functions to ensure that tasks involving potential exposure to blood/body fluids are properly identified and recorded.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Complete activity assessments.
- As required, document resident participation in activities.
- As required, participate in care conferences and discharge planning.
Must possess the ability to make independent decisions, follow instructions, and accept constructive criticism. Must be able to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public. Must be able to work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and potentially hostile people within the facility. Must be able to speak, write and understand English in a manner that is sufficient for effective communication with supervisors, employees, residents, and families. Montessori & Memory Care Experience Preferred.
Education and Experience
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university, or equivalent or 5 years experience in public relations in a health care setting. Prefer degrees in Therapeutic Recreation, Gerontology, or Recreation Management. Montessori & Memory Care Experience Preferred.
All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or others in the work place will not be considered qualified for employment if physical requirements cannot be eliminated or reduced by reasonable accommodation.
Essential functions are carried out in a variety of positions including standing and sitting. To meet residents' needs, all positions require the ability to move freely through the building. Other physical demands are required as described below.
Frequency (Place X in approp. box)
Must convey detailed and important spoken instructions to others accurately
Equipment and Tools
List equipment and tools operated and the frequency of use:
(Those that cannot be delegated to a co-worker.)
Facility Vehicles: Van, bus or car Equipment: Computer and personal communication device
Check which working conditions the employee is subject to:
Extreme temperatures Noise Wet and/or humid Vibration
Blood, body fluids and/or infectious disease Hot Water Mechanical Electrical
Chemical Gasses Other___________
All employees are expected to create an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis as well as a calm environment. This community is committed to providing courteous, responsive, quality service to our residents by fostering a respectful, positive, and welcoming environment for all. Developing and maintaining a good working rapport with all staff is critical to the functioning of the facility.
This position is expected to follow all facility policies and procedures. These policies and procedures can be found in the employee handbook, department policy and procedure manuals and with your supervisor.
This position will be required to work beyond normal work hours, additional shifts, weekends and holidays when necessary. This position is subject to call-back during emergency conditions (e.g. severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.).
This facility is committed to a resident's right to fair and equitable treatment, self-determination, individuality, privacy, property and civil rights are followed in accordance with state and federal guidelines and established facility policies. All employees need to review the facility policy on Resident Rights and how it applies to the position.
Our expectation is that all employees will have a continuous focus on improving themselves, department and facility. All employees are expected to attend, plan, conduct and schedule in-service training classes as appropriate to the position. This includes meeting annual federal and state in-service requirements. In addition participation in departmental studies and projects is expected.