This is an amazing, life changing position in which you will make an incredible difference in your little corner of the world.
Employees are given 2 full days of Dementia training as well as monthly in-service to keep your skills and strategies for working with residents top notch. In addition, you will 'shadow' an experienced employee with your same position for 3 days before you work independently. Belmont Village corporation is on the cutting edge of the assisted living industry and though younger than others, with 25 nationwide, its mission is to set the standards for residential care high.
All Belmonts are immaculately clean and visually stunning places to live and work. Walking into work each day for the employee is like walking into a 5 star hotel. All employees are given uniforms to wear, they are all different so to identify your position.
Activities Assistant are responsible for providing engaging activities for the residents in the Circle of Friends area. The director plans outings, there is live entertainment twice weekly, and a corporate binder that supplies daily topics and ideas for discussions and say, perhaps, crafts, or music with which to engage your residents. However, if you have a creative gift of your own, you are allowed complete freedom to plan your own activities, crafts, arts, games, puzzles, etc. around the topic.
For example, if you can play piano....start a chorus session weekly!
The hardest part of an activities assistant's job is dealing with those residents with Dementia & Alz. who do not still have their abilities to understand your directions when you talk to them. At dinnertime some will begin "sundowning syndrome" and might pop up from their dinner place and walk around before you can even get their order while resisting being reseated. Sometimes these residents get angry at you, but you are trained how to deal with these situations.
There are many best parts of an activities assistant's job. One is the laughter one can experience with the residents. Sometimes the mix up their words in hilarious ways that would make a great book. Another "best" is the compliments and love these residents will give you. They speak what they think because Dementia can diminish their impulse control, so you KNOW when you do well and provide fun and meaning in their day.
If you have the "gift of gab", if you "wear your heart on your sleeve" and if you are a creative person who loves all....this could be your dream job.