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Activity Assistant

CRISTA Senior Living – Shoreline, WA

This is a Full Time position
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement

GENERAL SUMMARY: The primary function is assisting the Activity Coordinator to develop, implement and maintain a resident activity program that fosters an environment of social, mental, physical and spiritual wholeness. This position is an integral part of the Senior Living mission of providing joy and purpose to the lives of our residents. CRISTA employees are united in their efforts to innovate, empower and honor all interactions with their clients.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

Job Duties

  • Assist with planning and implementing resident programs and activities by: Listening for new ideas/concerns of residents.
  • Providing support by using verbal and pictorial promotional materials.
  • Including a special focus on dementia care.
  • Maintaining a balanced activity program designed to provide mental, spiritual, social and physical opportunities for residents among a broad spectrum of cognitive ability including those in the early to mid stages of dementia.
  • Coordinating staff and volunteers who provide leadership and support for our programs and activities.
  • Encouraging and coordinating activities and programs which help bring the resident community together.
  • Participating in programs and trips in order to develop rapport with residents and to evaluate the quality of the activity.
  • Providing written and/or oral reports of the programs and activities as required.
  • Assisting in decorating bulletin boards and facility for holiday themes and future activities, including take down and put away.
  • Assisting in arranging for special events as necessary under the guidance of the Activity Coordinator.
  • Encouraging residents to participate in activities to ensure maximum involvement.
  • Assisting in supervising activities as necessary in the absence of Activity Coordinator/Resident Services Manager and/or Administrator.
  • Collaborating with Nurses, Caregivers, Transportation, Food Service, Environmental Services, the Nursing Center and Administration to maximize resident participation.
  • Administrative and Financial:
  • Assist with the purchase of equipment and supplies to implement or maintain programming/activities.
  • Attend administrative, staff and resident meetings as assigned.
  • Assist with evaluating programming needs.
  • Assist with annual budget to support program growth and expansion.
  • Meet regularly with Activity Coordinator/Office Manger/Administrator.
  • Responsible for assisting Activity Coordinator in completing monthly, weekly and daily publications in a timely manner to meet deadlines.
  • Attend training opportunities as approved by Administration.
  • Keep educated on trends and enhancement in Senior Living including dementia care.
  • Visit other communities to foster relationship and keep current on trends in the marketplace.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Christian Commitment: Strong personal faith in Christ, demonstrated in behavior and attitude.
  • Education: High School diploma or GED. Relevant work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Experience: One year working experience as an Activity Assistant or equivalent experience working in education or with older adults.
  • Licensure/Certification: Ability to obtain CPR, first aid and Food workers card.
  • Software and Equipment Used: Proficient in Microsoft office suite and Publisher.
  • Other Considerations:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Read, write, communicate in and interpret English at a functional level. Excellent organizational skills.
  • Possess patience and flexibility with seniors including those with Alzheimers or dementia.
  • Ability to work in an environment with constant interruptions.
  • Flexible work hours; occasional evenings and weekend hours to support program needs.
  • Good listener with a positive Christian attitude concerning life.
  • Ability to be diplomatic, tactful, and courteous when dealing with all.
  • Ability to follow schedules effectively, meet deadlines and to publicize events well in advance.
  • Ability to use digital camera and convert pictures to resident boards as needed.
  • Demonstrating good judgment, dependability, flexibility and a collaborative attitude with all staff

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Completed Dementia Training and Mental Health as required by DSHS under boarding home training requirements.
  • Experience: One year experience with activities with seniors.
  • Licensure/Certification: Dementia care certification, current Food Handlers Card, current CPR and First Aid Card.

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