To help maintain am activities/life enrichment program for our residents in our Extended Care Facility (ECF) at Niobrara Community Hospital. Manages up to 2 employees to provide activities consistent with federal and state laws and regulations. Allocates resources in an efficient manner to ensure each resident achieves the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.

Be able to be creative to develop a plan of activities to try to encompass all resident’s needs.

Able to develop diverse Life Enrichment Program, available during days, evenings, and on weekends, that is responsive to individual resident needs that provide stimulation or solace, which promotes physical, cognitive, or emotional health and enhances each resident’s functional abilities.

Able to implement Life Enrichment interventions that achieve treatment goals, address resident needs, link social supports, physical care and physical environment to enhance quality of life. Current knowledge of State and Federal laws and regulations that apply to the practice of Activities in long-term care.

Demonstrates satisfactory level of interpersonal skills to interact with residents, families, community, and government agencies, interdisciplinary staff.

Management skills sufficient to oversee the organization of department staff, to develop budgets, allocate resource, and to supervise interdisciplinary cooperation in the planning and implementation of individual resident plans of care.

Able to express self adequately in written and/or oral communication and to communicate effectively in an interdisciplinary care setting with residents, families, staff members, representatives of community, and government agencies. Able to understand and to follow written and verbal directions, able effectively to communicate with staff members and residents through verbal and/or written means.

Demonstrates knowledge of and respect for the rights, dignity and individuality of each resident in all interactions. Able to act as role model for unit staff by protecting and promoting residents’ rights in all interactions with residents and families. Carries out all duties in accordance with the facility mission and philosophy. Appreciates the importance of maintaining confidentiality of resident and facility information. Demonstrates honesty and integrity at all times in the care and use of resident and facility property. Sufficient mobility and strength to move freely through the building, to assure resident safety at all times, and to assist, transfer or otherwise move residents of facility out of danger in case of emergency.

NOTE: The essential functions of this job may be revised or updated as facility needs dictate.

Gather information to design a Life Enrichment program that meets the function levels, needs, and interests of each resident. Is a member of and works cooperatively with members of the interdisciplinary team to develop, implement, and evaluate plan of care. Attends care conferences. Develops Life Enrichment 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 interest of residents, are offered at hours convenient to residents that appeal to all age groups, both men and women, take place in a variety of locations, and include special and seasonal events. Post monthly Activities calendar.

Provides activities to residents confined to their rooms that reflect life-long interests such as music, reading, visiting 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. Develops and implements effective procedures to ensure that all residents are informed that activities are occurring, that staff encourage participation, and that transportation is provided. Provides notes to the clinical staff or House Supervisor, including subjective findings, objective symptoms, observations of behavior, interventions provided to resident, and resident’s responses to activity interventions. Develops and updates Life Enrichment policies and procedures that reflect the philosophy and mission of the facility, professional standards of Activities practice, and State and Federal laws and regulations with the help of their supervisor. Provides relevant financial information to CEO and/or direct supervisor.

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