Life Enrichment Assistant
at Volunteers of America

Date Posted: 11/21/2019

Job Description

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS:      Assists in coordination of resident social activities and recreational programs.

OBJECTIVE:  Coordinate social, recreational, purposeful and spiritual activities to residents, whose needs include psychological, physical, and cognitive challenges.

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.    High school graduate or equivalent education is preferred.  Preference given to persons who have completed courses in therapeutic recreation.
2.    Minimum one year experience in a healthcare setting preferred.
3.    If operating company vehicle you must be 21 years of age and meet the MVR organization standards.
4.    Ability to read, understand and follow written and oral instructions; to prepare written reports and documentation.
5.    Ability to work with residents of varying levels of responsiveness.
6.    Motor coordination and manual dexterity required in working with craft projects and other resident activities.
7.    Able and willing to work flexible hours, such as during evenings and weekends for planned activities events.
8.    Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.

 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.    Perform defined work routines and daily assignments, using various department supplies and equipment, as assigned by the Therapeutic Director.
2.    Assist with social activities and recreational programs that provide spiritual, physical, social, and intellectual challenges for facility residents.
a.    Research and design resident activity programs for Director's approval; implement approved programs that maintain viable interest and expand resident participation.
b.    Initiate various assigned individual and/or group activities; provide materials, instructions and supervision during activities; record attendance.
c.    Evaluate residents' reactions during activities, document attendance, and report unusual observations to nurse in charge.
d.    Assist with planning and scheduling trips and outside activities; arrange for transportation and resident supervision.
e.    Assist with planning and participation of residents in religious activities as assigned by the Activity Director.
f.    Plan and provide for resident intellectual/educational development through literature, lectures, movies, cultural events, etc. as assigned by the Therapeutic Director.
g.    Implement any activity schedule changes; notify appropriate departments.
h.    Provide craft materials or activities for bedfast residents as assigned.
i.    Assist with activities programming in cooperation with other departments concerning individual resident needs.  Assist with posting of activity schedules and informing appropriate departments.
j.    Assist with planning and programming for holiday and special events.
3.    Assist Therapeutic Director in coordinating Residents' Council meetings.
4.    Assist with coordinating printing and supply needs for activities and special events.
5.    Perform assigned cleaning responsibilities of equipment and work areas.
6.    Initiate reporting and documentation procedures as assigned.
a.    Meet with new residents and develop and document individual resident activity plan by determining interests, abilities and needs.
b.    Attend initial care and quarterly review conferences; participate in problem identification, resident goal setting and approach planning.
c.    Record census and room changes on resident list and kardex; notify Therapeutic Director.
d.    Document monthly and quarterly resident progress notes.
7.    Submit supply/equipment requisitions and all reimbursable activity expenses to the Therapeutic Director for approval, following defined departmental policy.
8.    Assist with the development, printing and distribution of resident newsletter.
a.    Write monthly articles regarding past and future activities.
b.    Assist in obtaining articles from residents, staff and other resources.
c.    Assist in the distribution; maintain current mailing list.
9.    Be knowledgeable of federal, state, and facility's rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
10.    Attend scheduled department staff meetings.
11.    Attends required in-services and completes assign on-line modules.
12.    Follow defined safety codes while performing all duties.
13.    Follow defined Infection Control procedures.
14.    Understand facility's fire and disaster plans; follow established procedures during drills and actual emergencies.
15.    Perform other department duties or special assignments as directed by the Activity Director.

Job Requirements

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.    Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids.
2.    Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to meet these demands.

1.    Stands and walks intermittently throughout most of the working day.  Reaches, lifts, carries and manipulates activity supplies and equipment.  Arranges furniture and/or pushes, pulls or positions residents who are wheelchair bound at activity events.
2.    Employee is required to occasionally lift up to thirty-five (35) pounds and to assist in moving residents’ articles throughout the facility.
3.    Works inside except for occasional out of doors planned activity events.
4.    Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hour and schedule.
5.    Vision requirements include both near and far vision.
6.    Frequently required bend, squat, stoop, twist, reach, crouch, knell, push and pull; occasionally required to climb, crawl, and balance.
7.    Frequent resident handling.
8.    Ability to keep attention on task if routinely interrupted.
9.    Ability to understand a variety of concepts/approaches.
10.    Ability to remember tasks/assignments for a full shift.

Job Functions

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position.  However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform.  The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position.

Safe Work Performance Expectations

The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America.  Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization.  Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment.  Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations.

 
Employees will be expected to:

1.    Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan.  Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers.
2.    Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing.
3.    Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting.
4.    All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear.
5.    Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
6.    Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures.
7.    Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment.  Report any malfunction of equipment.
8.    Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies.
9.    Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents:  staff, residents, etc.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled

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