Job Description

Job Title: Activities Assistant
Job ID: 684733
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Jameson Care Center
Department: Recreational Therapy
Location: 3349 Wilmington Road, New Castle PA 16105

Description

Purpose:
Assists with the preparation and implementation of a therapeutic and recreational activity program in accordance with current applicable federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations, and internal established policies and procedures.

Responsibilities:
  • Accept responsibility and accountability for all assignments.
  • Assist in scheduling movies, planning parties and providing games/materials to the residents.
  • Assist in supervising volunteers.
  • Assist in the suggestion and development of new activities, assuming responsibility for one major facility wide activity per year.
  • Assist with feeding residents as requested.
  • Assist with scheduling, implementing, preparation and clean-up of activity programs; returning all materials and supplies to storage area; properly care for equipment and supplies.
  • Attend training, meetings and in-services as required.
  • Collects and documents meal ticket purchases and communicates the information to other departments as necessary.
  • Complete required paperwork for residents' charts, department records, etc. in compliance with established procedures.
  • Conduct small and large group activities as well as one-on-one visits with residents providing sensory stimulation, reality orientation or solace.
  • Demonstrate/teach residents various procedures to promote their social, physical and emotional well-being.
  • Escort wheelchair and ambulatory residents to and from activities as needed.
  • Exhibit a spirit of flexibility and cooperation and has a pleasant, friendly and compassionate personality treating both residents and coworkers with dignity and respect; represent the facility in a professional manner.
  • Follow the chain of command guidelines for inter-facility problem solving.
  • Interact with residents regarding the importance of activities, encouraging them to participate in recreational, therapeutic and religious activities and become involved in various events.
  • Interview residents frequently to assess activity interests, participation, needs or suggestions for the activity program.
  • Know role in disaster and fire plan.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current federal, state and local regulations and internal policies and procedures as they pertain to the Activity Department.
  • Maintain confidentiality in regards to resident and employee information and records. (HIPAA).
  • Maintain reality boards and posts calendar of events.
  • Observe and follow appropriate procedures concerning the facility's corporate compliance program.
  • Perform routine visits to residents, including bed bound residents, to assist in crafts, reading projects, writing letters, etc., as necessary.
  • Provide for the comfort and safety of residents during activities; is alert to conditions in the facility that may present a hazard and reports to Activities Coordinator.
  • Recognize significant changes in resident condition or incidents which would require nursing intervention and reports immediately to Charge Nurse or House Manager.
  • Transport residents to community outing events and/or assists them during these community-based activities.

Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent required. Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills; effective organizational, problem solving and leadership skills. Must possess willingness to work flexible hours. Must possess some knowledge, training and interest in arts, crafts and recreational activities. Must possess some knowledge of social, emotional and recreational needs of the geriatric population and ability to apply same to essential job functions.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Older Adult Protective Services Act

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $11.34 to $17.23

Union Position: No

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