Activities Director-Berlin Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Company: Mid-atlantic Health Care
Location Berlin, MD
Date Posted: April 6, 2015
Source: Mid-atlantic Health Care

Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation is seeking a Director of Activities.  Please read description below:

The Director of Activities assumes administrative authority, responsibility and accountability for the provision of a program of therapeutic activities designed to meet the interests and enhance the functional abilities and self-esteem of each resident. Manages employees to provide activities according to the facility philosophy and consistent with state and federal laws and regulations. In collaboration with the Nursing Home Administrator, allocates resources in an efficient and economic manner to ensure each resident achieves the highest practicable physical, mental and psycho-social well-being.

AD or CTRS certification in MD is required.  LTC experience is preferred.

EOE.



Required Skills
  • Manages the Activities Department in a manner consistent with Federal, State regulations, facility mission, policies and procedures, and standards of practice established by certifying organization. Establishes goals to enhance the recreation opportunities and quality of life of the elders.
  • Provides oversight, feedback and on sight training to improve the abilities of Activity staff and members of the interdisciplinary team working with elders.
  • Conducts assessments and gathers information to design activities program that meets the functional levels, needs and interests of each resident.
  • Interviews residents, interested family members, legal representatives and significant others to obtain and update information needed to develop individualized activities programs, to accommodate individual needs and preferences and to protect and promote resident's rights.
  • Completes assessments and MDS sections according to facility policy.
  • Works cooperatively with members of the interdisciplinary team to develop, implement and evaluate plan of care. Attends care conferences. Develops activities interventions as part of the comprehensive plan of care. Communicates resident concerns and responses to interventions to interdisciplinary team members and to direct care staff.
  • Develops and provides individual group and bedside activities for residents that reflect interests of residents, are offered at hours convenient to residents (morning, afternoon, evening, weekend), that appeal to all age groups, both men and women, take place in a variety of locations and include special and seasonal events. Posts monthly activities calendar.
  • Provides activities to residents confined to their rooms that reflect life-long interests such as music, reading, visits with people of shared interests and in-room projects that the resident can work on independently or with staff assistance.
  • Provides structured activities to meet the needs of cognitively impaired residents such as music events, gross motor games or outdoor walks. Seeks ways to adapt activities so that all residents can participate such as segmenting Activities into simple steps, providing verbal prompts, physical support, demonstration and hand-over-hand assistance when the resident is unable to complete a task independently.
  • Identifies ways to accommodate resident choices, preferences functional capacity and customary routines in activities program. Includes these approaches in plan of care and gives this information to direct care staff.
  • Develops and implements effective procedures to ensure that all residents are informed that activities are occurring, that staff encourages participation, and that transportation is provided.
  • Records progress notes in the clinical record including subjective findings, objective symptoms, observations of behavior, interventions provided to resident and resident's responses to activity interventions. Audits chart entries written by activities staff for completeness, accuracy.
  • Performs quality assessment and assurance functions, including daily regulatory compliance rounds, observation of activities in progress on units, record reviews and interviews with staff members, residents, families and Administration. Identifies problems in Activity staff performance and institutes corrective action.
  • Develops and updates Activity policies and procedures that reflect the philosophy and mission of the facility, professional standards of Activities practice and state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Participates in the development and management of the department budget. Provides relevant financial information to Nursing Home Administrator regarding department financial needs and status.
  • Communicates with Nursing Home Administrator routinely to discuss resident care, personnel and budget issues. Develops staffing plan and recommends to Nursing Home Administrator numbers and types of Activity personnel needed to meet resident needs in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Hires and retains qualified competent Activity staff to provide therapeutic activities to attain or maintain highest practicable physical, mental and psycho-social well-being. Conducts interviews, provides regular performance reviews, takes appropriate job actions, reviews job actions taken by subordinates to assure that staff meet qualification and performance standards and can perform all essential functions of the job.
  • Actively participates in long term care survey process by instructing staff in matters of conduct and disclosure, maintaining a presence at all times surveyors are on-site and directing the timely collection of information required by the survey team. Demonstrates concern for identified problems and undertakes corrective action while survey is in progress if appropriate. Gathers and presents supplemental documentation to avoid potential deficiencies. Collaborates with Nursing Home Administrator to develop responses to survey report as needed
  • Reports injury of self or others to Unit Charge Nurse immediately.
  • Maintains current skills and knowledge through continuing education. Applies information to job responsibilities.
  • Participates in fire and disaster drills. In event of an emergency, carries out assigned duties to assure resident safety.
    General Responsibilities
  • Must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with supervisors, customers, vendors and any other person or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.
  • Must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.
  • Must maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Must develop and maintain courteous and effective working relationships with clients, vendors and/or any other representatives of external organizations.
  • Must assume responsibility for providing timely, appropriate responses to requests/suggestions/complaints or refer such comments to the appropriate person. When referring requests/suggestions/complaints to another individual, the employee must follow-up in writing to the individual and must maintain an accessible copy of the referral, or follow company guidelines.
  • Must communicate information and state problems or challenges to be resolved in a clear, concise, courteous, nondiscriminatory and professional manner, and be able to provide clarification, as necessary.
  • Must show respect for the opinions of others and behave in such a way as to ensure an atmosphere free of needless interruptions, difficulty and/or discrimination.
  • Must receive and provide clear, constructive feedback regarding work performance (to/from individuals or groups) and be able to clarification, as necessary.
  • Must handle in a constructive, non-disruptive manner, the multiple business, organizational and interpersonal changes or stresses that may exist in the employee's work, work processes, dealings with other personnel, and supervision (provided or received). ("Work processes" include but are not limited to, how work is performed, supervised or distributed: how problems are solved; and how decisions are made.)
  • Must be sufficiently adaptable to accept and perform in a timely and effective manner work assignments that are outside the normal (day-to-day) routine.
  • Must adapt, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished.
  • Performs related duties as required. (Related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee''s class of work.)


Required Experience
  • Manages the Activities Department in a manner consistent with Federal, State regulations, facility mission, policies and procedures, and standards of practice established by certifying organization. Establishes goals to enhance the recreation opportunities and quality of life of the elders.
  • Provides oversight, feedback and on sight training to improve the abilities of Activity staff and members of the interdisciplinary team working with elders.
  • Conducts assessments and gathers information to design activities program that meets the functional levels, needs and interests of each resident.
  • Interviews residents, interested family members, legal representatives and significant others to obtain and update information needed to develop individualized activities programs, to accommodate individual needs and preferences and to protect and promote resident's rights.
  • Completes assessments and MDS sections according to facility policy.
  • Works cooperatively with members of the interdisciplinary team to develop, implement and evaluate plan of care. Attends care conferences. Develops activities interventions as part of the comprehensive plan of care. Communicates resident concerns and responses to interventions to interdisciplinary team members and to direct care staff.
  • Develops and provides individual group and bedside activities for residents that reflect interests of residents, are offered at hours convenient to residents (morning, afternoon, evening, weekend), that appeal to all age groups, both men and women, take place in a variety of locations and include special and seasonal events. Posts monthly activities calendar.
  • Provides activities to residents confined to their rooms that reflect life-long interests such as music, reading, visits with people of shared interests and in-room projects that the resident can work on independently or with staff assistance.
  • Provides structured activities to meet the needs of cognitively impaired residents such as music events, gross motor games or outdoor walks. Seeks ways to adapt activities so that all residents can participate such as segmenting Activities into simple steps, providing verbal prompts, physical support, demonstration and hand-over-hand assistance when the resident is unable to complete a task independently.
  • Identifies ways to accommodate resident choices, preferences functional capacity and customary routines in activities program. Includes these approaches in plan of care and gives this information to direct care staff.
  • Develops and implements effective procedures to ensure that all residents are informed that activities are occurring, that staff encourages participation, and that transportation is provided.
  • Records progress notes in the clinical record including subjective findings, objective symptoms, observations of behavior, interventions provided to resident and resident's responses to activity interventions. Audits chart entries written by activities staff for completeness, accuracy.
  • Performs quality assessment and assurance functions, including daily regulatory compliance rounds, observation of activities in progress on units, record reviews and interviews with staff members, residents, families and Administration. Identifies problems in Activity staff performance and institutes corrective action.
  • Develops and updates Activity policies and procedures that reflect the philosophy and mission of the facility, professional standards of Activities practice and state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Participates in the development and management of the department budget. Provides relevant financial information to Nursing Home Administrator regarding department financial needs and status.
  • Communicates with Nursing Home Administrator routinely to discuss resident care, personnel and budget issues. Develops staffing plan and recommends to Nursing Home Administrator numbers and types of Activity personnel needed to meet resident needs in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Hires and retains qualified competent Activity staff to provide therapeutic activities to attain or maintain highest practicable physical, mental and psycho-social well-being. Conducts interviews, provides regular performance reviews, takes appropriate job actions, reviews job actions taken by subordinates to assure that staff meet qualification and performance standards and can perform all essential functions of the job.
  • Actively participates in long term care survey process by instructing staff in matters of conduct and disclosure, maintaining a presence at all times surveyors are on-site and directing the timely collection of information required by the survey team. Demonstrates concern for identified problems and undertakes corrective action while survey is in progress if appropriate. Gathers and presents supplemental documentation to avoid potential deficiencies. Collaborates with Nursing Home Administrator to develop responses to survey report as needed
  • Reports injury of self or others to Unit Charge Nurse immediately.
  • Maintains current skills and knowledge through continuing education. Applies information to job responsibilities.
  • Participates in fire and disaster drills. In event of an emergency, carries out assigned duties to assure resident safety.
    General Responsibilities
  • Must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with supervisors, customers, vendors and any other person or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.
  • Must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.
  • Must maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Must develop and maintain courteous and effective working relationships with clients, vendors and/or any other representatives of external organizations.
  • Must assume responsibility for providing timely, appropriate responses to requests/suggestions/complaints or refer such comments to the appropriate person. When referring requests/suggestions/complaints to another individual, the employee must follow-up in writing to the individual and must maintain an accessible copy of the referral, or follow company guidelines.
  • Must communicate information and state problems or challenges to be resolved in a clear, concise, courteous, nondiscriminatory and professional manner, and be able to provide clarification, as necessary.
  • Must show respect for the opinions of others and behave in such a way as to ensure an atmosphere free of needless interruptions, difficulty and/or discrimination.
  • Must receive and provide clear, constructive feedback regarding work performance (to/from individuals or groups) and be able to clarification, as necessary.
  • Must handle in a constructive, non-disruptive manner, the multiple business, organizational and interpersonal changes or stresses that may exist in the employee's work, work processes, dealings with other personnel, and supervision (provided or received). ("Work processes" include but are not limited to, how work is performed, supervised or distributed: how problems are solved; and how decisions are made.)
  • Must be sufficiently adaptable to accept and perform in a timely and effective manner work assignments that are outside the normal (day-to-day) routine.
  • Must adapt, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished.
  • Performs related duties as required. (Related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee''s class of work.)

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