Position: Lifestyle Enrichment Assistant | Activities Assistant

Reports to: Lifestyle Enrichment Director & Director of Medical Services

Job Purpose:

The LEP’s ultimate responsibility is caring for an elderly or frail adult who is living at home, while enhancing the quality of life for those individuals in need of care. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of elderly and disabled adults and their caregivers by providing cost-effective alternatives to nursing home or institutional care that promotes the member’s ability to remain independent.

CNA/Lead DSP’s are responsible for maintaining a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment which fosters growth and development while facilitating mutual aid/self-help skills among individuals. This position’s primary role is to provide the appropriate supports tailored to the needs and desires of each individual to enable each to live as independently as possible. CNA/Lead DSP’s are expected to recognize when an individual is in a crisis and be able to utilize the appropriate psychiatric and medical back up services.

Essential Functions:

Daily Responsibilities

· Assist with organizing and planning of recreational activities with focus on person centered care.

· Assist with gathering supplies and resources to deliver recreational pursuits.

· Lead and facilitate engaging programs that enhance quality of life.

· Communicate and approach activities to guests with motivation and enthusiasm.

· Adapt and modify activities in efforts to better serve each individual.

  • Completion of preference forms and record of participation.

  • Attend to the daily needs of individuals on an individual basis as well as foster increased independence and self-determination.

  • Teach socialization skills and activities of daily living including: household maintenance; self-awareness and human development, menu planning, food shopping and preparation; money management skills/budgeting; transportation and community orientation; individual skills; and utilization of community resources. Assist individuals with personal hygiene as needed to ensure that they present themselves in a culturally valued, image-enhancing way.

  • Record and appropriately utilize necessary data, daily progress notes, staff log and complete all other ISP and program required documentation before the end of shift.

  • Provide opportunities for leisure time activities and foster independence in the choice and participation of those activities.

  • Ensure client safety and comply with program standards for staff coverage.

  • Provide ongoing support, guidance, role modeling and supervision to clients.

  • Provide a supportive environment that includes opportunities for individuals to determine, to the fullest extent possible, personal preferences for daily schedules and routines.

  • Maintain knowledge of on-going program issues and developments as well as informing supervisor of program issues and concerns.

  • Communicate in a professional manner.

  • Perform duties consistent with program and agency policies and procedures.

  • Execute duties to reflect reasonable safety standards. Universal/standard precautions must be utilized and training obtained in areas that constitute risk.

  • Ensure a clean, safe and homelike environment for clients.

  • Remain alert at all times throughout scheduled work shift.

  • Participate in core training and maintain certification of required trainings.

  • Provide crisis intervention and access emergency services as needed.

  • Attends and actively participates in staff meetings.

  • Ensure that individuals we support are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Independent Adult Day Centers Human Rights Policy.

  • Implement all programs for individuals, which may include physical interventions such as lifting, running, and physical restraint.

  • Assist Program Manager in ensuring upkeep of property and management of day-to-day operations of the home(s) as assigned (e.g., medication ordering, food shopping/ordering, petty cash/individual’s funds, preparation for ISP’s / other meetings/appointments, social/recreational activities).

  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

· Flexibility.

· Ability to work as part of a team, self-initiative, and decision-making skills to move program forward.

· Experience working with diverse populations, especially, our elders.

· A valid driver's license to assist with transportation in company vehicles.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Direct care experience working with geriatric and/or adults diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities preferred

  • A valid driver's license in state of residence

  • Qualifying criminal background and driving record

  • Must be able to demonstrate competence in certain areas of training including but not limited to CPR, First Aid, non-violent physical interventions, behavior management, medication administration, and driving

  • Ability to calmly and repetitively model appropriate behavior in difficult or challenging situations

  • Ability to react to situations, i.e., rescue, preventing a resident from harming themselves

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects/people with or without assistance. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to use general office equipment such as computers, photocopiers, telephones, etc. Housekeeping duties such as cleaning, cooking, snow shoveling, etc. and assisting at sites with individual’s job duties which may include cleaning, lifting, snow shoveling, etc. Exposure to outside weather conditions while working with individuals.

PSYCHOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The employee must possess the ability to process vague, abstract verbal and written instructions; work under stress, interruptions and tight deadlines; problem solve, answer questions and evaluate results of performance; and visualize and assess abstract ideas.