Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kindred Healthcare: Activities Director- Trans Care & Rehab


Activities Director- Trans Care & Rehab-Franklin Woods

At Kindred Healthcare, our mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) is a healthcare services company, based in Louisville, Kentucky, with annual revenues of over $4.2 billion. At December 31, 2009, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 621 locations in 41 states, including 83 long-term acute care hospitals, 222 skilled nursing centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst Rehabilitation Services, which served 316 non-affiliated facilities. Kindred’s 54,100 employees are committed to providing high quality patient care and outstanding customer service to become the most trusted and respected provider of healthcare services in every community we serve. An Equal Opportunity Employer. Drug Free Workplace.


Summary: Through comprehensive assessment and evaluation, develops program of activity therapy from a holistic approach to meet the needs of a diverse resident population.

Essential Functions:
  • Performs comprehensive assessment for each resident to determine level of abilities combined with past and current interests.
  • Based on findings develops an individualized program of activity pursuits that are meaningful to the resident.
  • Completes MDS, RAPS in a timely manner, utilizing observation and assessment/monitoring tools.
  • Documents resident response to care plans and evaluates individual resident activity care plans for effectiveness, through participation records, etc.
  • Develops and utilizes a budget sufficient to maintain equipment and purchase supplies, enabling staff to provide for prescribed activity models.
  • Utilizes the "biopsychosocial" model to create meaningful activities for individuals.
  • As an active member of the Interdisciplinary Team, utilizes cutting edge models of approach, such as music therapy, pet therapy, aroma-therapy, therapeutic touch, etc. to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, aggression and pain.
  • Assists in evaluating efficacy of interventions for nursing and physician action.
  • Develops a variety of activity "tracks" to appeal to a heterogeneous resident population, including assorted lifestyle desires (such as individuals who prefer self-initiated activities), cultural diversity and age-appropriate choices.
  • Utilizes the environment to provide both comfort and stimulation to the resident population.
  • Assists residents and staff in orientation to time and place by strategic use of center-wide bulletin boards and appropriate holiday decorations or reminders.
  • Arranges for speakers, presenters, advocates and clergy to interact with individuals and groups of residents.
  • Supports residents' needs and desires through 1:1 interaction, small group activity and large group meetings.
  • Organizes resident activities into a clear format (calendars and other communication tools) as a resource residents and staff can refer to.
  • Assists residents and guests to activities with the help of direct care staff
  • Arranges and coordinates off-site activity trips, when available or appropriate.
  • Provides a venue for resident activism through the resident council process; communicates expressed desires and concerns of those residents to Executive Director and appropriate department heads.
  • Together with the Social Services Director, provides a venue for family involvement through the family council process.
  • Takes comprehensive minutes at resident council meetings, and keeps files in safe, confidential storage.
  • Develops and maintains community volunteer efforts.
  • Fosters sense of community with the center environment.
  • Supervises Resident Activity Assistants.
  • Conducts job responsibilities in accordance with the standards set out in the Company's Code of Business Conduct, its policies and procedures, the Corporate Compliance Agreement, applicable federal and state laws and applicable professional standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Clinical Functions:
  • Collaborates with Rehabilitation Department to arrange activities that promote functional independence (Example: Provides range of motion activity plan with and for restorative nursing services).
  • Communicates relevant data to other disciplines, such as providing information on fluid and snack intake at activities to nutrition services.
  • Through in-service training, educates all staff members on approaches and models.
  • Collaborates with social services personnel in developing intervention strategies for residents with evident psychosocial concerns
  • Consults with Interdisciplinary Team on residents who may have behavioral disturbance or symptoms of a mood disorder, making recommendations based on observed and documented interests and needs.
  • Ensures all resident activity documentation is complete, and reflects analysis of effectiveness and reaches a conclusion on how to proceed with plan of care.
  • Utilizes Quality Indicators/Quality Measures Report to evaluate program efficacy for individuals and overall performance; makes program changes when needed.
  • Assists resident/family and social services with discharge planning, by providing insights on effective activity interventions.
  • Skill in team building, collaborating with other disciplines
  • Articulate writing skills
  • Good oral communication techniques
  • Ability to assess resident moods and revise approach accordingly
  • Willing to advocate for resident needs and desires, protect resident rights
  • Knowledge in variety of activity approaches
  • Willingness to learn about areas that impact resident population, i.e. dementia
  • Builds rapport easily
  • Enjoys working with diverse populations
  • Desire to improve, learn new methods
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
Service Excellence Requirements:
  • Work efforts reflect a passion for exceeding customer expectations.
  • Solicits patient/resident feedback to understand their needs and the needs of the community. Advocates for Service Excellence within the Center and influences others to take action.
  • Displays responsibility by taking ownership of quality care. Shows dedication to enriching the lives of our patients and residents through empathy and compassion.
  • Exhibits a commitment to results by looking for and recommending/implementing process improvements.
  • Demonstrates commitment to interpersonal excellence through professional greetings, proper telephone etiquette, common courtesy, a professional attitude and appearance.
  • Enriches the Center culture by having fun.
  • Recognizes the benefits of team collaboration. Shows respect for fellow employees by working together to get the job done.
  • Effectively addresses customer concerns and resolves conflict in a manner that is fair to all.
  • BS in Recreation Therapy preferred or
  • Bachelor's degree in human service field, with relevant experience* or
  • BS in Occupational Therapy, with relevant experience or
  • Certification as Occupational Therapy Assistant , with relevant experience* or
  • Associate degree in human service field, with relevant experience *or
  • Certified Activity Director (NCCAP or state-specific) AND must have worked full time under the supervision of licensed recreational therapist or certified activity director in a long term care setting for a minimum of one year.
  • If no state-specific certification program exists may have high school diploma or equivalent with two years of experience in social or recreational programming within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full time in a patient activity program in a health care setting. Must have completed 6 credits of college courses, including 1 English course in composition, technical or report writing, and one course in area of Art/Recreational Programming, Science or Management with a passing grade.
  • Certified Recreation Therapist preferred or
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant or
  • Certified Activity Director (NCCAP or state specific)
[It is recommended that the hiring entity provide opportunities for national certification.]

  • * Two years of experience in social or recreational programming within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full time in a patient activity program in a health care setting.
  • Experience in management/administrative duties preferred

INDUSTRY: Health Services
JOB CATEGORY: Health Care (Counseling, Medical, Nursing, Child Care)
v2 JOB CATEGORY: Healthcare Support Worker

CITY: Columbus
ZIP CODE: 43085

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