Recreation Therapist
Shepherd Village
Toronto, ON, CAN
5d ago

As key member of the Recreation Department, the RECREATION THERAPIST will provide therapeutic recreation programs to meet the needs of the Residents of our long-term care facility, by providing innovative, therapeutic and stimulating programs that support the Resident's comfort, independence and control.

This will include; needs assessments, planning, implementing, evaluating and documenting various programs and activities.

The Recreation Therapist will specialize in working with Resident's with cognitive impairments, such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

The therapeutic interventions must be meaningful and assist with responsive behaviors.

The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary-team setting with other Recreation Assistants, and actively involve the Residents, families, students, volunteers and other staff to provide optimal quality of service to our Residents and families.

The Recreation Therapist will work closely with the Behavioral Supports Ontario (BSO) team to ensure our Residents are receiving exceptional Dementia care.

You will be expected to represent Shepherd Village in a courteous and professional manner, while maintaining amicable relationships with peers, subordinates, Residents & families in keeping with the Shepherd Village Mission, Vision & Values.

Our ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills :

  • Degree or Diploma in Recreation & Leisure Studies, Therapeutic Recreation, Kinesiology or other related field from a community college or university, required
  • Minimum three (3) years' experience working in a Recreation setting, required
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, planning, executing and evaluating recreational activities and therapeutic programs for Seniors.
  • Ability to initiate new, creative and innovative programming ideas
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language required.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, or in a cooperative team environment
  • Able to meet the physical stress of running recreational programs, including but not limited to : Lifting up-to 40 lbsPushing, pulling wheeled carts up-to 50 lbsFrequent bending, stretching / reaching, walking and standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Competency in documentation practices and computer applications (ie. MS Word, Excel, Activity Pro, Point Click Care, MDS)
  • Positive attitude, compassionate and energetic personality to represent Shepherd Village in a professional and positive manner.
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