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PTI Life Enrichment Assistant
Job Code:2022-09-009
Department:216 Activities
FT/PT Status:Part Time Intermittent
Salary Minimum17.12
Salary Midpoint19.26
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function

The Life Enrichment Assistant, under the direction of the Recreation Coordinator, is responsible for the provision of life enrichment activities and services to residents/participants by assisting the Recreation Coordinator in implementing a person-centered activity program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental needs of the people who live at Tsali Care Center, following established standards, policies and federal regulations.


Job Description

  • Participates in the establishment, interpretation and implementation of life enrichment philosophies, objectives and policies.
  • Plans and conducts individualized activities for residents/participants as assigned.
  • Prepares and conducts one-to-one activities when required and as assigned.
  • Prepares and conducts one-to-one and/or bedside activities in support of residents’ activity-related care plan goals.
  • Plans and conducts group activities for residents/participants as assigned.
  • Prepares and conducts large and small group activities to include, but not limited to, music, church groups, Bingo, exercise, food-related socials/parties, reminiscing, Wii programs, educational programs, computer applications (including e-mail and SKYPE), planned outings, special programs, events, pet visits, garden groups and other evening and/or weekend groups or programs in support of residents’ activity-related care plans.
  • Prepares and performs holiday celebrations for religious and non-religious occasions.
  • Assists in the transport of residents/participants on special outings as assigned.
  • Invites and motivates residents to participate in activities, assisting residents to and from activities as needed.
  • Assists in keeping bulletin boards up-to-date by posting and removing notices.
  • Maintains confidentiality and safeguards residents’ rights, including the right to refuse to participate in activities.
  • Adheres/reflects CIH’s mission, vision, values and customer service standards in daily interactions and behaviors.
  • Interact with internal and external customers / clients in a polite and professional manner.
  • Transports and accompanies residents to, from and during activities.
  • Distribute and/or assist with the distribution of resident’s mail as needed.
  • Makes announcements to residents over the PA system and distributes activity calendars when appropriate.
  • Considers resident’s needs and ensures the room is comfortable based on temperature, set up, seating arrangements, and sounds. Makes adjustments as necessary to ensure resident satisfaction.
  • Completes room set up and clean up for each activity to include moving furniture into specific design layout, setting up and testing sound and visual equipment, etc. Sets out all necessary supplies for the activity.
  • Introduces the beginning of the activity and uses creative means to adapt the activity and interact with residents during planned activity to create rapport and successful engagement in meaningful participation for the resident.
  • Offers feedback to the Recreation Coordinator to conduct resident assessments in a timely manner.
  • Understands the importance of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and Care Plans in conjunction with the care plan schedule. Assist with interviewing residents for Section F of the MDS.
  • Interviews residents to collect information for the Activity Admission Interview form and the Activity Assessment.
  • Assist with an evaluation of each resident according to their backgrounds, strengths, interests and needs, abilities and limitations for developing meaningful and appropriate activity programs.
  • Maintains and updates daily participation records on each resident in healthcare record.
  • Develops and displays thematic/holiday decorations throughout the facility.
  • Assists with training and supervision of volunteers.
  • Attends and participates at staff meetings, care plan meetings, in-service training programs and other meetings as assigned. Assists in maintaining equipment and supplies in a neat and safe manner.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of work assignments and performs in a manner to meet high quality standards.
  • Maintains knowledge of applicable federal regulations as they relate to activity programming within a skilled nursing facility.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures; seeks clarification or interpretation from appropriate supervisor when needed.
  • Complies with applicable safety policies and procedures as prescribed by the organization, as well as government regulations.
  • Focuses on continuous development to enhance self and in promotion of organizational excellence. Completes all required trainings and in-service trainings on or before due dates.
  • Complies with attendance and call-out policies.
  • Completes required training as assigned.
  • Completes/performs other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience/Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Minimum of 3 months activity-related experience, preferred.
  • Valid NC driver’s license required.
  • Minimum requirement of computer skills for navigating Microsoft Office applications, using spreadsheets and performing word processing duties through Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledgeable of audio-visual and van equipment.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written and oral form.
  • Ability to accept and utilize constructive criticism and display initiative to complete activity-related tasks and program.
  • Good verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Knowledge of basic activity programming and working with people with physical and mental challenges.