Recreation Therapist

Career Details:

Type: Recreation / Activities

Hours: Regular Full-Time

Shift: First

Weekend Required: Yes

Weekend Shift Details: Every other

Location: Sedgwick Heights

City: Syracuse

Openings: 1


The Recreation Therapist develops and implements recreational programs for residents, with a goal of encouraging the elders to live with purpose, wholeness, and dignity. The Recreation Therapist will be responsible for using recreation modalities such as fitness, intellectual pursuits, and social programs to develop and use leisure in ways that enhance health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation or related field.
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a therapeutic recreation or similar role preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in recreation therapy program design.
  • Knowledge of adult care facilities and applicable regulations desired.
  • Develops and implements programs to meet resident’s physical, psychosocial, educational, and spiritual needs and interests.
  • Organizes, coordinates and assists residents on outings to restaurants, cultural events, concerts, etc.
  • Uses strong leadership skills to motivate and empower others, to inspire, and create an environment that fosters choice and personal well-being.
  • Uses collaboration skills and teamwork to coordinate with other departments on special events.
  • Works flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Assesses past, current and desired interests, to target programs that nurture and celebrate one’s personhood as part of Person Centered Care Programming.
  • Modifies and adapts programs based on ability level for success.
  • Promotes a culture of exceptional customer service by developing positive relationships with residents, family members, employees, and volunteers.
  • Markets and communicates all events and activities to promote awareness of the service offerings to individual residents, staff and families. Distributes newsletters, calendar and bulletin board postings. Provides information and education as needed.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date records to support Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) efforts and other required documentation.
  • Maintains statistical data on daily activity attendance and hours of participation.
  • Actively participates in weekly interdisciplinary care plan meetings.
  • May transport residents to and from activities.
  • Reports and documents all incidents and accidents immediately and per established procedures.
  • Ensures program is compliant with DOH regulations and survey ready at all times.
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends in therapeutic recreation service delivery.
  • Advocates for recreational resources i.e. adaptive equipment, reading material, etc. for residents to maximize independence and group participation. Uses Loretto equipment as it was intended to maximize useful life. Initiates maintenance requests as required.

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