Recreation Therapist - PACE

Career Details:

Type: Recreation / Activities

Hours: Regular Full-Time

Shift: First

Weekend Required: No

Location: PACE CNY

City: E. Syracuse

Openings: 1



The Recreation Therapist plans, facilitates and implements group and individual recreation programs, which address physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, sensorial and affective needs of participants. The Recreation Therapist plans and delivers services in accordance with participant’s plan of care and any pertinent third party agency regulations. Also participates as active member of interdisciplinary team, completing assessments and providing input to participant care plans.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
  • NCTRC Certification (CTRS) or eligibility required.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a therapeutic recreation or similar role preferred.
  • Knowledge regarding working with people who have dementia.
  • Current knowledge of best practices in Therapeutic Recreation.
  • Knowledge of Managed Long-Term Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and their applicable regulations desired.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.





  • Plans and coordinates a program of activities for assigned participants based upon individual and group interest, needs, and capabilities.
  • Organizes and leads group and individual recreation programs according to the participant's plan of care. Maintains current knowledge of all medical contraindications to ensure participant’s well-being.
  • Participates in participant outings.
  • Markets and communicates all events and activities to promote awareness of the service offerings to individual participants, staff, volunteers and families. Distributes weekly and monthly newsletters, calendar and bulletin board postings. Provides information and education as needed.
  • Renders all services using a Person First centered approach.
  • Promotes a home-like environment by providing decorations, i.e. bulletin boards, lounge and hallway decorations to depict seasonal changes, etc.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date documentation as required by State and Federal regulations, which includes completion of portions of the MDS, EMR/Truchart, care plans, progress notes, initial (annual, quarterly and change of Status) assessments.
  • Maintains statistical data on daily activity attendance and hours of participation.
  • Monitors participant status and reports observed changes in conditions appropriately and promptly to supervision.
  • Actively participates in interdisciplinary care plan meetings.
  • Transports participants to and from activities.
  • Reports and documents all incidents and accidents immediately and per established procedures.


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