Job Title: Life Enrichment Assistant
Position Summary: Life Enrichment Assistants assists with planning and providing activities and fitness programming for the residents of our community, as well as our community volunteer program. The Life Enrichment Assistant supports the efforts of the Life Enrichment Director in assessing residents’ interests, needs, and abilities, and providing quality activities programming both inside and outside of the community. They are responsible for encouraging the participation and socialization of residents and volunteers. This position reports to the Life Enrichment Director and is part of the Life Enrichment team. Our Life Enrichment Assistants work with enthusiasm to enhance our residents’ quality of life by addressing the residents’ social, physical, and mental health. They value the opportunity to blend their ideas and personality into programs that bring excitement and energy into our residents’ lives.
Our Life Enrichment Department offers engaging activities and programs that encourage our residents to explore their interests and expand their horizons. Residents participate at their own pace and shine through dynamic activity involvement. They keep activities fresh and innovative, understanding that our communities thrive from the diversity and creativity of our residents. Our goal is to build programming that enhances our residents’ quality of life and is enjoyable and beneficial to their well-being.
Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Assist Life Enrichment Director with coordinating and facilitating activities and events for residents, both inside and outside the community, designed to promote resident’s creativity, physical and mental well-being, socialization, and fun!
- Encourage resident socialization and participation in activities and events to minimize resident solidarity and promote a positive community environment.
- Maintain inventory checklist of all supplies and materials required to enhance Life Enrichment program.
- Coordinate the community volunteer program. Assign tasks to volunteers and encourage their participation in community events and activities programs.
- Provide administrative duties to support the Life Enrichment team as assigned by the Life Enrichment Director.
- Help welcome new residents upon move-in (balloons and framed announcement, shadow box/shelves decorated, etc.)
- Work alongside care staff to transport residents to activities and events.
- Drive community vehicle.
- Assist with all other duties as assigned by the Life Enrichment Director.
At Waltonwood, we are all a part of a team who are here to serve the residents living in our communities. Our residents count on us every hour of every day. First and foremost, we expect our associates to have regular attendance; defined as being on time and present to all scheduled shifts, for the entire shift. Our associates need to value the importance of timeliness, punctuality, and dependability, and how the lack of these critical elements affects others in the workplace and the overall community operations. We expect all associates to be willing to lend a helping hand to co-workers, direct reports, and supervisors, whether it is one of their typical job responsibilities or not. This includes welcoming new associates and residents into the community, and making them feel at home. Associates need to keep the best interests of the residents and other associates in mind, and be an active participant in accomplishing team, community, and company goals.
- Customer Focused – Dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of the customer by establishing and maintaining effective relationships as well as gaining trust and respect of customers.
- Detail Oriented – Pays attention to the smallest details in a situation, and truly cares about them. Understands the importance of all aspects of a given task, no matter how trivial they may seem. Values the importance of gathering all relevant information before making a decision.
- Empathetic and Compassionate – Genuinely cares about people, and is concerned with their well-being. Sympathetic to the plight of those less-fortunate. Has the ability to understand and feel what others are thinking/feeling.
- Passion for Seniors – Feels strongly about working with the senior population. Has a drive to go above and beyond for seniors. Typically, this comes from a personal experience or prior work experience in a senior citizen setting.
- Coursework in recreational therapy/gerontology is preferred.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other computer applications.
- Preferred minimum one (1) year previous experience coordinating and conducting group activities.
- Experience should be relevant to working with seniors. Experience in caring for those with memory impairment is preferred.
- Constant use of manual dexterity, auditory and visual skills and gross motor skills with frequent use of bi-manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
- Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures.
- Ability to reach, bend, twist, squat, kneel, push and pull.
- Ability to lift/carry up to 30 pounds.
- Ability to perform repetitive movements including simple grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation.
- Occasionally sitting, with frequent standing and walking.