It is the goal of Elder Care Alliance to create and implement programs that meet the social, spiritual, intellectual and physical needs of all residents. Programs should include resident participation, community involvement, volunteerism and variety of programming for assisted living and memory care.
The Life Enrichment Director is responsible to the Executive Director for coordination of all resident activities, therapeutic activities and volunteer services to provide residents with activity programming that maximizes their satisfaction and well-being.
Evaluates, develops, implements and coordinates resident-centered activity program based on the therapeutic and recreational needs of residents, both in group and individual activities. Encourages participation for assisted living and dementia care residents.
Meets regularly with assisted living and dementia care staff and coordinates activity programming that meets the needs of individuals, provides guidance and support for caregivers, activity coordinators and appropriately involved staff.
Assesses resident function/interest in various activities, being alert to changes. Communicates changes to social services coordinator or Resident Care Director. Participants in weekly resident care plan meetings and assessments, as appropriate.
In charge of planning, scheduling, distributing and posting calendar of activities on a monthly basis. Calendar should offer a variety of activities and outings that address the physical, emotional, recreational and spiritual needs of all residents. Activities should be meaningful and age appropriate.
Develops innovative relationships with community resources, adult education, internship programs and volunteer sources to enhance opportunities for creative, cost-effective programming. Utilizes and trains volunteers as appropriate.
Interviews new residents to determine activity, recreational and spiritual needs. Incorporates responses into activities program. Manages activity program within budget.
Drives to and arranges for scheduled transportation to places of worship, shopping, medical appointments and social outings.
Works with Spiritual Care, and other departments, to enhance the ability of activity programming to address the psycho-social needs of residents.
Conducts or facilitates training programs throughout the Community to increase awareness of therapeutic activities and involve caregivers and other staff in promoting the overall integration of activities into each resident’s daily routine.
Coordinates purchasing and sales function of the Community Country Store. Keeps inventory stocked and balances monthly receipts.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
Responsible for promoting a safe environment within the Community, including fire and accident prevention and safety awareness.
Facilitates monthly resident activity committee meetings and implements recommendations.
Coordinates resident satisfaction surveys for all residents. Responds to results appropriately.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Degree in therapeutic activity (music, drama, art, recreation or related area). Experience in direct provision of therapeutic activities in long-term care setting and in development of therapeutic programs.
Posses a valid California class B drivers license.
Has working knowledge of Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 8.
Possess current First Aid Certification.
Works beyond normal business hours, weekends, holidays and severe weather situations when necessary.
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
Sensitivity to working with older adults and knowledge of the aging process essential. Ability to interact successfully with residents, volunteers, family and staff. Must exhibit initiative, energy, and creativity in developing programming to meet resident needs. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, and a team player. Ability to speak, read, write and understand English.