Provides an ongoing program of activities designed to meet the interests and physical, mental, and psychosocial well being of each patient.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties may be assigned.
Recruits, hires, provides orientation/training, and retains a sufficient number of qualified staff to carry out the responsibilities of the Activities department. Ensures employee performance meets or exceeds expectations and periodic performance appraisals are conducted on a timely basis.
Completes assessments, MDS, care plans and gathers information to design activities that are multi-faceted, meet patients functional levels, and reflect needs and interests of each patient.
Provides patients who are confined or choose to remain in their rooms with in-room activities in keeping with life-long interests (music, reading, 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 individually.
Assists with escorting patients to and from activities.
Maintains sufficient activity supplies.
May post monthly activities calendars that: reflect the schedules, choices and rights of the patients; offer activities at hours convenient to the patients; reflect the cultural and religious interests of the resident population; appeal to both men and women and all age groups living in the facility.
Records progress notes in the clinical record including subjective findings, objective symptoms, observations of behavior, interventions provided to patient and patients response to activity interventions. Reviews staffs chart entries for completeness and accuracy.
Coordinates facility volunteer program in compliance with company policy.
Completes required forms and documents in accordance with company policy and state and/or federal regulations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervises activity assistant, volunteers and others for whom they are administratively or professionally responsible.
Physical Demands and Environment:
Employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands or fingers, reach with hands and arms, feel, talk and hear. Employee is occasionally exposed to blood or other body fluids, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. In compliance with applicable law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
Two years 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.
Certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist preferred.
Meets all state-specific requirements.
Proficient in the use of a personal computer.