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Recreation Assistant

Department: Recreation
Location: East Lansing, MI

Per Diem Position available.  Must be able to work flexible schedule, including occasional evenings, weekends and holidays.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  A. Recreation Lead Duties 

  •  Facilitate an engaging and effective recreation program to meet the individual needs and interests of the community.
  •  Implement the monthly calendar for assigned neighborhood; includes providing small and large groups and one-to-one programming for residents who cannot participate in a group setting.
  •  Assure the programs meet the interests and physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of the residents.
  •  Complete and maintain accurate records of the resident’s participation in and response to the activities as specified in department protocol.
  •  Implement treatment program based on treatment plan and goals developed. Monitor resident response to recreation. Effectively communicate feedback on behaviors and responses to engagement for modification of care plan or approach to treatment as indicated by resident needs and standards. Adapt recreation to meet the individual needs of the resident.
  •  Assist in facilitating special events for the entire community.

   Position Specifications:

 Education and Experience: 

  •  Coursework in various aspects of eldercare, recreation, event planning or related subjects preferred.
  •  1 year of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •  Experience working with geriatrics in a long-term care, assisted living or other related residential health care setting.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  •  Must be compassionate and have a love for eldercare, provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic and upbeat professional, and be able to build relationships with the internal and external customers.
  •  Basic knowledge of recreation/leisure and how it effects residents quality of life and functioning.
  •  Basic knowledge of medical terminology, diagnoses, issues and conditions related to resident functioning.
  •  Excellent communication, interpersonal and time management skills with a high standard for accuracy and attention to detail.
  •  Ability to function independently and follow moderately complex instructions, once work tasks have been assigned.
  •  Ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, measure and interpret the program goals, objectives, policies and procedures etc., that are necessary for providing quality recreation programs.
  •  Proficient using Word Processing Systems, Publisher, Excel & Power Point.

 Ability to work extended or flexible hours, as necessary.


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