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Part Time Recreation Therapist Aide
Location:Edgewater Haven WR
FT/PT:Casual - up to 1,200 hrs/year
Deadline to apply:07/30/2017
Hiring Range:
Job Responsibilities:

Purpose of Position

The purpose of this position is to assist with recreation therapy activities and events within nursing home residents’ interest for their physical, mental, social and psychological well being.  The work is performed under the supervision of the Activity Director.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

           Transport residents to and from activities.  Assist, encourage and motivate residents to participate in daily activity programs, both individual and          in groups according to established calendar of events.

           Set up and take down equipment/supplies for activities.  Prepare food as required.

           Purchase activity supplies.

           Complete a variety of forms for dietary, birthdays, foods and activities.

          Deliver personal event calendars to residents.

           Maintain activity attendance records and charts progress.


Additional Tasks and Responsibilities

 While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

           Monitor wander guard unit.

           Maintain aviary
         Display seasonal decorations.

           Update resident photos and interest books.

           Plant flowers and weed flower beds, as needed.  Pick flowers when in bloom and arrange them in vases for residents’ enjoyment.

           Assist families with party planning.

           Conduct unplanned activities.           

Assist volunteers. 

         Attend required meetings. 

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions 

  1. High school diploma or equivalent; prior responsible work experience preferably with geriatric persons.  Ability to perform data entry and retrieval of information in computer terminal required.  Thorough knowledge of recreational and entertainment activities.  Demonstrated ability to deal with the public in a professional and courteous manner.  Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.



Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication

Ability to classify, compute and tabulate data and information, following a prescribed plan requiring the exercise of some judgment.  Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and sort information.  Ability to assemble, copy, record and transcribe data and information.

 Ability to advise and provide interpretation to others how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.

 Ability to utilize a wide variety of descriptive data and information, such as regulations, attendance records, calendars, lists, newsletters and activity books.

 Ability to communicate with residents, residents’ families and Edgewater staff.

 Mathematical Ability

 Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.

 Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability

 Ability to use functional reasoning and apply rational judgment in performing diversified work activities.

 Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against measurable criteria.  Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.


 Physical Requirements

 Ability to operate, maneuver and/or steer equipment and machinery requiring simple but continuous adjustments, such as bus, sewing machine, stove/microwave, popcorn machine, garden tools and common hand tools in a safe manner.

 Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing moderately coordinated movements such as pressing, pumping and smoothing.  Ability to grasp and place objects.

 Ability to recognize and identify similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.

 Ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, lifting, carrying, pushing (must be able to push a resident in a wheelchair (resident weighing up to 200 pounds) from 50-300 feet up to 100 times a shift when assisting with recreational activities) and pulling.

 Environmental Adaptability

 Ability to work under generally safe and comfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as toxic agents may cause discomfort and poses a limited risk of injury.

Job Qualifications:
High School student, at least 16 years of age. Experience working with the elderly preferred. Must demonstrate a kind, patient and tactful approach with residents. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions, and communicate effectively with residents, families and staff. Reading, writing, adding, subtracting, is needed (to maintain activity attendance records and chart progress, utilize facility policies, calendars, lists, newsletters and activity books). Basic, everyday living skills are needed. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.

Basic equipment used: telephone, popcorn machine, sewing machine, wheelchairs, stove/microwave, computer, radio/iPod, garden tools and common hand tools.