Job Title: Activity Assistant
Reports To: Executive Director/Activity Director/ Supervisor
Plans and administers ongoing activity programs for the community. These include both group and individual social activities, outing spiritual programs and creative, artistic activities. Encourages resident participation in activities and procures the necessary equipment.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Ability to meet the resident’s psycho-social needs and focus on something other than their situation. Allows and encourages resident to do as much of their own care as possible.
2. Assists in dining room while meals are being served. May assist in preparing meals following preplanned menus. Encourages residents to eat a proper diet and take adequate fluids while respecting the resident’s right to free choice. Reports any changes in resident’s eating habits to the supervisor.
3. Participates in leisure activities provided for residents as described in the activity calendar. Encourages residents to socialize and participate in planned activities or programs and to develop friendships with other residents.
4. Maintains resident’s activity records daily and in a timely manner and in accordance with company policy and procedures. This includes documentation related to: leisure activities; incidents and observations; charting and any changes in resident’s physical conditions and/or behavior; visitors; etc. Observes the health and emotional condition of each resident and promptly reports all changes to the supervisor.
5. Assist residents with mediation procedure when needed on outings or while manager on duty. Exhibits understanding of and follow medication policies and procedures.
6. Assists in maintain a clean, safe, and orderly environment for the residents.
7. Follows proper procedure in emergency situations and responds promptly and positively to resident request for assistance- including emergency pull cords, telephone calls, and request form family and friends.
8. Encourages teamwork through cooperative interactions with co-workers.
9. Records each resident’s participation of activities daily.
10. Complies with all mandated laws.
11. Other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorly. 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.
Possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Possess exceptional problem-solving skills.
Possess patience, ability to maintain composure within a stressful environment.
Possess ability to inspire and motivate others.
Education and/or experience
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and three to six months related experience preferred and/or training in direct service with older adults, or equivalent combination of education and experience. In accordance with state law, may need to possess current state certification and follow regulations to maintain license currency.
Knowledge of dementia particularly of the Alzheimer’s type is helpful.
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to residents, resident’s families, and other employees of the company. Ability to effectively communicate in English.
Ability to add and subtract two digits’ numbers and to multiply and dived in 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American weight measurement, volume, and distance.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Uses good judgement in emergency situations, and gets help when needed.
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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hand to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; lift and/or move up to 25pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to blood borne pathogens. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and toxic caustic chemicals. The environment is characteristic of a facility in which healthcare is provided to the frail elderly. The noise level is usually moderate.