This part time position will be responsible for implementing the "Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance" program (TJQMBB), an evident-based falls prevention program. The Tai Ji Quan Facilitator will work as part of the PMC Community Wellness Team to support the new Administration for Community Living (ACL) Falls Prevention grant awarded to Petersburg Medical Center. The balance training regimen will be held in-person, twice a week, for twenty-four (24) weeks at a time for older adults at risk for falling and people with balance disorders. Tai Ji Quan Facilitators will oversee the twice weekly program and will be responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation necessary to make the TJQMBB program successful. In addition to leading workshop sessions, the position provides leadership for in-person classes by collaborating with other departments and community partners to recruit and retain participants and complete the required data collection elements for grant reporting.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Tai Ji Quan Facilitator is responsible for completing a live on-line instructor training. Upon training completion, the Facilitator will:
- Work within the PMC Community Wellness team to implement in-person evidence based fall prevention programming fidelity
- Work with other departments, such as Home Health, Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, to engage patients and residents in Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
- Work with community partners to increase capacity and program attendance
- Promote a safe, nurturing, healthy and positive environment
- Engage with participants to ensure program retention and assist participants as needed
- Effectively communicate and collaborate as a team member
- Perform other duties as assigned
The program sessions are currently scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday mornings, though this is subject to change. Set-up, clean-up and program communications related to recruitment and retention of participants will total approximately 4-6 hours per week.
Skills and Abilities
All employees are expected to have a broad range of skills and abilities centered around a strong patient focus, efficient performance and teamwork. Customer service skills, interpersonal skills and good communication skills along with the ability to manage their time and organize their work to ensure efficient time management is a must. All employees must understand and manage patient / customer confidentiality. Specifics are:
- Follow curriculum and training as designed to ensure program fidelity and outcomes
- Possess the skills and abilities to work with an aging community and varying abilities
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead, engage and motivate people
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
- High school or college graduate
- Prior experience working with and teaching physical activities to older adults is preferred
- Obtain or maintain CPR certification
- Must complete the on-line Ti Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance training upon hire
Petersburg Medical Center
Petersburg Medical Center is a 27-bed hospital, 15 long term care and 12 acute care beds with an Outpatient Clinic, ER, Rehab, Home Health, Lab and Imaging departments.
Located in beautiful Southeast Alaska, in the town of Petersburg, is an opportunity for you to come and enjoy! The town of 3000 boasts the serene beauty of a small town founded by Norwegian-American fisherman in the late 1800’s with vast mountains and ocean right outside your window.
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