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Recreation/Art Assistant

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The Activities Therapist provides therapeutic groups and individual sessions that utilize "activity-oriented" therapeutic modalities. (e.g. music, recreation, art.)  The Activities Therapist coordinates, implements, facilitates, and evaluates progressive programs for meeting the needs of residents.  The Activities Therapist is responsible of all clinical documentation for their assigned caseloads and is expected to have a thorough working knowledge of functioning of the geriatric population as well as knowledge of the application of therapeutic activities in a long-term care facility.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plan, direct, and implement activities as assigned within The Village at Manor Park, Inc. 

1.   Develop and direct innovative, meaningful, and well-structured activities to meet a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds as well as individual resident needs.

2.   Develop and direct programs that improve the participant’s cognitive, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and functional abilities.

3.   Ensure that appropriate safety measures are employed during all activities.  Maintain a safe environment and incorporate safety techniques in program planning.

4.   Effectively communicate both orally and in writing with other staff in all levels of organization and for all types of issues.  Effectively handle issues through conscientious, honest and sensitive communication with staff, residents and family.  Assure programs are carefully coordinated with other department members, as well as other departments within the facility.


Develop and individualized assessment and care plan reflecting current psychosocial needs, physical and cognitive abilities, and life histories for each resident on assigned caseloads.

1.   Interview and assess residents using standardized forms to determine current and future needs, abilities and interests of each resident.

2.   Design innovative, meaningful and well-structured activities to meet a variety of interests, needs, and cultural backgrounds, based on individual resident needs/interests.

3.   Contribute and communicate meaningful information at multi-disciplinary team meetings.


Utilize volunteer services in activity programs to meet group and individual resident needs.


Implement appropriate documentation procedures.  This refers to timeliness, thoroughness, accuracy, selection of appropriate procedure in accordance with resident’s level of functioning, resourceful modification of evaluation procedures as needed per resident capabilities and ability to assess and access necessary information.


Communicate information and observations in helpful, courteous manner.

1.   Communicate with department directors/supervisors, facility staff, residents, and family members using proper lines of communication.

2.   Initiate timely and effective verbal communication in an appropriate, sensitive and genuine manner.

3.   Listen attentively and incorporate acknowledgments, affirmations, and clarifications in the communication process.

4.   Complete all paperwork and written communication in an efficient, accurate manner (e.g. organization of written material, proper spelling and grammar).


Serve on Strategic Planning Committees as assigned.


Participate actively in programs, which will enhance professional growth as well as contribute to that of other staff members.

1.   Participate in professional and community organizations to keep informed on the latest program developments and to promote a positive image for the facility.

2.   Attends committee meetings as required or assigned.

3.   Attend required inservice programs provided by the facility.

4.   Serve on multi-disciplinary committees as assigned.

5.   Participate in facility educational programs as assigned.


Maintain acceptable work standards.

1.   Maintain appearance in compliance with department dress standards.

2.   Report to work and meetings promptly.

3.   Adhere to State and Federal guidelines regarding Activities and creative art therapies.

4.   Accept and complete other related duties as assigned.

5.   Maintain confidentiality by communicating information regarding the residents only to authorized persons.

6.   Demonstrate respect for persons and property and treat every resident with dignity and respect.  Allow residents to make choices whenever possible.

7.   Ensure that appropriate safety measures are employed for all activities.

8.   Promptly complete assignments.



This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.


EDUCATION Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in Recreation, Art, or Music Therapy required.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



Requires valid Wisconsin Driver's License and independent transportation to each facility location.  Appropriate board certification and/or registration corresponding to degree.



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COMPUTER SKILLS (After Orientation)

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1. Requires continual contact with residents assessing their needs and abilities.

2. Requires working and communicating with facility staff and volunteers, families, and residents.

3. Workload fluctuates greatly due to resident needs.

4. Job requires attending and participating in many meetings and planning sessions.

5. Speaking skills to converse accurately and clearly with residents, staff, volunteers, guests and medical professionals.

6. Job requires continual moving about the facility, walking approximately 2-3 miles per day, and some sitting.

7. Requires leadership skills to lead and direct a group of 20 or more people.  Ability to analyze, direct, delegate, and problem solve.



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 this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral 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 functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.