Recreation Therapist
Independent Living for Seniors - Rochester, NY

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Is responsible for organizing and conducting a comprehensive, therapeutic recreation program designed to meet the needs and interests of the individuals it serves.

The activities will provide an opportunity for expression of creative talent, entertainment, socialization, exercise, relaxation, mental stimulation and fulfills basic psychological, social, and spiritual needs.

The program is set up in accordance with current existing federal, state, and local standards as well as established policies and procedures.

It is part of the client’s total care plan as ordered by the physician and subject to the client’s restrictions, limitations, and preferences.

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs a comprehensive, initial assessment of clients to determine a course of action. The associated plan of care addresses a program of therapeutic activities tailored to the needs, restrictions, limitations, and preferences of the individuals.

Develops and implements a treatment program and revises the plan as necessary.

Communications any physical or emotional health changes in clients.

Documents evaluation results, individualized treatment plans, progress reports, and other reports as required by the profession and the department.

Maintains the schedule of Therapeutic Recreation programs to be offered according to the client’s needs and interests.

Works with client’s family requests from routine, special services when possible and encourages family and friends to participate in programs with clients, such as chaperoning field trips.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy, Music or Art Therapy, Human Services, Gerontology or related fields preferred.

Experience in specialty area preferred.

Previous experience planning, organizing, and implementing a quality activity program in a long term care setting preferred.

For Independent Living for Seniors employment: 1 year experience with frail elderly population preferred

Required Licensure/Certification Skills

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification preferred.

Current certification or eligibility through NCTRC or accrediting body preferred.

A valid New York State driver’s license.