Volunteers of America
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Life Enrichment Assistant
at Volunteers of America
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.
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.
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.