Life Enrichment Therapy Assistant

Sheboygan County
Job Description
PURPOSE AND SUMMARY
The Life Enrichment Therapy Assistant assists in a program of recreational activities for residents based on the comprehensive assessment and care plan and the preferences of each resident.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Assists residents with recreational programs to support their choice of activities, designed to meet the interest of and support the physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident encouraging both independence and interaction in the community. Documents daily attendance in a timely manner. Implements therapeutic programming based on the individual needs of the residents in accordance with State and Federal regulations and provides recommendations to Life Enrichment Supervisor & Life Enrichment Leads regarding programming. Provides one to one therapeutic programs to individual residents who are unable to participate in group settings based on Life Enrichment Supervisor and Life Enrichment Lead recommendations. Attends professional in-services for continuing education and to facilitate departmental knowledge and growth. Assumes responsibility for residents during activities outside the facility; professionally represents the facility when implementing community resource programs. Participates in continuous quality improvement activities as assigned. Responsible for general appearance of units as needed. Distributes resident mail and newspapers.           Function as a Certified Nursing Assistant as required by facility need and when down time occurs. Assist residents with activities of daily living; i.e., daily meal, bathing, dressing, etc. and documents pertinent information in the electronic medical record. May perform other duties or assignments per facility needs.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
High School diploma. Current Wisconsin certificate as a Nursing Assistant including annual 12-hour educational requirement highly desired or willing to get certified as a nursing assistant within the first year of employment. Secure and maintain in good standing a valid Driver’s License in the State of WI. Functional understanding of medical terminology. Good personal communication and organizational skills.  Interacts positively with community providers and the general public; performs duties with consideration for residents, peers, other employees and visitors. Organizational skills necessary to assume responsibility for planning and carrying out activity programs. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel.  Must have the ability to create posters, spreadsheets and other documents as required.  Must have proficient keyboarding skills and computer knowledge. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal/leadership skills. Knowledge of ability to initiate, implement and instruct general group activities for special needs populations, i.e. exercise, handicrafts, discussion groups, music groups. Knowledge and understanding of State and Federal nursing home regulations. Understanding of intervention/prevention methods for interacting with those populations with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. Ability to understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions.  Attention to detail as well as ability to focus on resident needs and daily tasks is essential to this position. Ability to understand and comply with federal, state, and facility safety regulations.  Knowledge of all Center Safety Protocols as it related to this position.
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