Activities Assistant - Memory Care

Location: Charlottesville, VA (1250 Branchlands Drive)

Job Description

 

This position is responsible for implementing social and recreational therapeutic activities designed to meet resident interests, preferences, and needs of Memory Care residents at Linden House.  Positive Approach to Care techniques are used to enhance the quality of daily life and minimize disruptive behavior. 

Job responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating and leading group activities as scheduled including evening and weekend activities as assigned.  
  • Appropriately communicating offered activities and inviting residents to participate in group activities.
  • If needed, transporting residents to and from activities.
  • During group or individual activity, observing residents and providing assistance as may be needed to maximize residents’ enjoyment. 
  • Conducting one-on-one activities as directed by supervisor to meet individualized activity needs.
  • Observing volunteers assisting with group activities to help ensure that all volunteer assistance is appropriate. 
  • Immediately communicating to nursing staff, observed sudden changes in resident’s condition that may require emergency clinical intervention.
  • Using Positive Approach to Care (PAC) techniques as trained and instructed. 
  • Maintaining tidy and safe environment by preparing for and cleaning up after group activities.
  • Assisting with care of pets residing in common facility areas and, as requested, pets owned by individual residents.  
  • Going with residents on external outings to coordinate transportation and schedules while overseeing safety and enhancing resident enjoyment of the experience.    

Requirements

 

1 year of experience working with seniors providing social or recreational activities is preferred.  Experience working with individual with memory impairment highly desired.                    

Must desire and participate in training as needed to utilize PAC (Positive Approach to Care) techniques to enhance quality of life for memory impaired residents.    

Must possess the ability and desire to work in a pet-friendly environment to include performing job duties in the presence of pets, handling and caring for pets as may be required, and cleaning up after pets as necessary.    

Must genuinely enjoy the company of and frequent social interaction with senior adults with memory care needs.