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Recreational Therapist at Volunteers of America - National Services

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: Durham, North Carolina

Job Description:
Job Description

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Recreation Coordinator, Center Manager, Executive Director, Center staff, participants, family members and public.

OBJECTIVE: Under the supervision of the Recreation Coordinator, and as a member of the Senior CommUnity Care Program, assesses the needs, interests and capabilities of participants and develops individualized therapeutic recreation plans. In addition assists in planning, organizing, directing and participating in a comprehensive therapeutic recreation program tailored to the general and individualized needs and limitations of frail elderly program participants. Provides one-on-one assistance with participants and/or preparing for upcoming activities.


1. Conducts an in-person initial comprehensive recreational assessment. Coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team to develop a comprehensive plan of care for each participant.

2. Conducts an in-person reassessment semi-annually and as needed.

3. Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team. Maintains regular attendance at, and participants in, Interdisciplinary Team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on plan of care decisions and coordination for twenty-four (24) hour care delivery.

4. Attends meetings and sits on committees as assigned by Recreation Coordinator.

5. Plans and implements group and individual activities to improve or maintain the participants' cognitive, physical, social, psychosocial, and artistic needs. Leads and assists in large groups, small groups, 1:1's and individual therapy.

6. Assists in preparing and cleaning up after activities.

7. Assists day center staff as assigned such as lunch service or arrival of participants.

8. Plans and implements activities for dementia-specific population. Oversees daily flow of dementia activities area. Activities may focus on small groups, one-on-one programming and sensory stimulation.

9. Assists in organizing community outings and special events at the Adult Day Health Center (ADHC). Duties include: arranging for participant transportation, entertainment, catering and involving other staff.

10. Assists in developing a monthly calendar of activities, as assigned.

11. Evaluates program plans to promote effective programs according to client abilities and preferences within the ADHC daily flow of events.

12. Assists in supervising volunteer involvement in TR/RT programs and activities as assigned.

13. Provides recreational education and training to support Recreation Assistants, and other PACE Center staff members, as appropriate and assigned by Recreation Coordinator.

14. Provides as needed support and training to all staff involved in dementia-specific programming related to the dementia disease process, as assigned by Recreation Coordinator.

15. Maintains participants' medical records and fulfills Senior CommUnity Care charting and reporting requirements. Completes necessary documentation such as progress notes, discharge notes, activity and behavior logs.

16. Provides leisure education to participants and caregivers for activity modification, use of adaptive equipment, activity skill development, and recommended supplies for in-home use.

17. Acts within the scope of his or her authority to practice

18. Assists in routine supply ordering.

19. Works cooperatively with other staff and departments to meet Senior CommUnity Care participants' needs.

20. Assists participants with non-skilled Activities of Daily Living (ADL) as needed in day center. Assist participants with as needed toileting on outings after proper training and completed competency. Assist participants with feeding as needed after proper training and completed competency.

21. Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of all company procedures, results and information about employees, participants and families.

22. Performs related duties as required.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Must have medical clearance for communicable diseases and up-to-date immunizations before having direct participant contact.

2. Must have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and have means of transportation.

3. Education: Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Therapy or related field preferred. Education or training in geriatrics, including dementia, preferred. Be legally authorized, currently licensed, registered or certified as a Recreational Therapist to practice in the State of North Carolina.

4. Experience: Successful completion of nurse's aide, home health aide or equivalent training course or a minimum of one year of related experience in caring for impaired adults. Must have one (1) year of experience in a social or recreational program providing and coordinating services for a frail or elderly population.

5. Skills and Knowledge:
• Working knowledge of recreational therapy techniques and practices of the elderly including assessment, care plan development, monitoring and evaluation needs.
• Working knowledge of physical, psychosocial and behavioral needs of the elderly population.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated creative abilities to plan, develop and implement varied activities to meet diversified needs.
• Good working knowledge of dementia disease process.
• Familiarity with illnesses common to frail older adult population.
• Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.
• Knowledge of how to use and maintain materials and equipment of need to provide recreational activities.
• Knowledge of safety requirements when providing and implementing recreational activities.
• Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with participants, co-workers, medical staff, and the public.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled