Job Description Nature of Position: The Activities assistant works within the Activities Department to carry out resident activity care plans and provide therapeutic recreational activities for long term care residents and swing bed patients. The activities assistant promotes the hospital’s mission and guiding values.
Duties: Provides individual and group activities that help residents maintain independence, allows participation in past hobbies and interests, encourages social interaction and focuses on the needs and interest of the residents. Works with other departments such as Occupational and Physical Therapy to provide therapeutic recreation and may lead activities or assist residents to participate. Helps to plan and implement special meals and potlucks with the Activity Coordinator. Works with LTC volunteers as directed. Works with new admissions to ICF and SNF to help them feel welcome in LTC, to become familiar with routines and to help identify activities of interest. Helps to escort residents to functions within the community and to planned outings. Keep daily recreational records for each resident. Distributes resident mail given to the Activities Department. Assist residents with their mail and correspondence. Assists with the monthly Resident’s Council meetings. May be asked to keep the minutes of meetings. Serves as an advocate for patient rights. Provides one-on-one interaction and activities for those residents unable to participate in group activities. Helps to maintain bulletins boards for activity calendar and special events. Assists with decorations for holidays and special events. Assists during meals and with residents’ shopping as planned outings or helps to coordinate purchases through the requisition process. Assists with animal care to promote the well-being of the residents. Actively participates in quality improvement initiatives. Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Qualifications: Must possess the skills and ability to work with the aged, chronically ill, Alzheimer patients and physically handicapped. Must be able to classify functioning levels of the residents and provide activities to meet exercise needs, cultural needs, arts, crafts, sensory stimulation programs, group and one-on-one activities and social needs as outlined in the Activity Plan. Shall maintain current CPR certification or be willing to become certified in CPR at PMC’s next scheduled course. A valid Alaska driver’s license along with completing training to become a certified driver of the PMC handicapped van preferred.