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Recreation Therapy Specialist

Rochester, New York
Job Type
19 May 2023
QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIFICATIONS/EDUCATION: B.S. Degree in Recreation Therapy or related field with experience working with the geriatric population is desired.


Document progress notes, quarterly reviews, MDS, individual attendance records and

other caseload responsibilities.

Assess residents' status and interests to determine an appropriate recreation therapy care plan.
Participate in resident interdisciplinary conferences, departmental meetings and educational opportunities.
Develop and implement treatments, leisure education, and general recreation activities.
Order and maintain necessary supplies/food items for programming within approved budget.
Independently plan and implement evening, weekend, holiday and community activities for assigned residents.
Assist in the development and distribution of activity calendars.
Supervise and assist with student intern program.
Act as Department Supervisor in the absence of the Director as assigned.


Assist in preparation of reports, studies and quality assurance activities.
Maintain bulletin boards.
Coordinate with Volunteer Services, to request and direct volunteers during departmental programs.
Transport residents to and from recreation programs.
All other job duties as assigned.


Culture and Team

Demonstrate respectful, open and honest communication.
Be on time for work and meetings.
Respond to requests in a timely manner.
Recognize each other's accomplishments and share successes.

Operational Strength

Adapt to changes in the workplace.
Identify and communicate quality or process improvements.
Maintain safety for everyone at all times.

Lead by Example

Follow established policies and procedures.
Speak respectfully and positively about residents, families, employees, and JSL.
Look for and act on opportunities to assist others (in and out of a department).

Products, Knowledge, and Expertise

Recognize when you lack the necessary skill and seek advice and/or assistance.
Share your knowledge and skills.

Customer Service

Listen to and initiate appropriate action on requests, feedback, and concerns.
Look for and act on opportunities to go above and beyond for residents and families.
Be respectful, compassionate, and friendly when interacting with residents and families.
Smile, say "hello", make eye contact, and greet people by name in a friendly manner.
If you're unsure if someone needs help, ask and take appropriate action if they do.

EXPERIENCE: One year work experience in Recreation in a geriatric setting two semesters

of college fieldwork in a geriatric setting would be acceptable in lieu of the one year experience.

RELATION TO OTHER POSITIONS: Daily contact with and ability to interact courteously and tactfully with staff, residents, family members, visitors, volunteers, entertainers and representatives of community recreation programs and the general public.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: Sits 0-25% of the day. Lifts 20-50 pounds. Frequent twisting, bending, squatting, walking, pushing and pulling. Ability to perform objectively under stress. Sensitive to the needs/problems of the geriatric residents. Physical work intensity level 3.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Works in well-lighted, ventilated area.

ADVERSE WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections, disease and disagreeable odors. May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members and volunteers.

VARIABLES: May be required to work weekends, holidays and evenings.

This description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of scope.

Jewish Senior Life is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected status or characteristic. Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran.
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  • Job Reference: 1010171897-2
  • Date Posted: 19 May 2023
  • Recruiter: Jewish Senior Life
  • Location: Rochester, New York
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent