Job Summary

The Therapeutic Activities Director is responsible to ensure the development, organization, and coordination of facility and community resources to provide comprehensive therapeutic activities and programs that meet the needs and interests of each resident.

Duties and Responsibilities

On a daily basis, plan activities appropriate to the needs of the residents.  These may include the following:

  • Interview and assess all residents prior to the initial Care Plan Conference; document this information in the medical record, develop an individual recreation plan based on the assessment and participate in care plan meetings. Update assessments and plans as needed and as required by state/federal regulations.
  • Develop monthly recreation program calendars that reflect and meet the needs of the facility resident population. Communicate facility programs to residents, staff, family, and volunteers.
  • Manage and train the facility’s volunteers.
  • Maintain departmental documentation that reflects services provided and resident progress toward goals.
  • Diversionary and prescriptive activities as per the residents needs and interests
  • Group social activities- indoor and outdoor
  • One to one activities
  • Spiritual programs and attendance at houses of worship
  • Creative activities such as arts, crafts, music, drama, educational programs.
  • Exercise/physical activities.
  • Intellectually stimulating activities for all cognitive functional levels
  • Self-esteem oriented activities to help them appreciate themselves and their lives
  • Community integration activities
  • Facility/resident service projects
  • Cultural activities
  • Resident Council (in conjunction with Social Services), mandatory in-services, and scheduled reports to Quality Assurance Committee.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Must be eligible for and obtain certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist within six months of employment; or have two years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last five years, one of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or have completed a training course approved by the State. 
  • Must have ability to read, write and follow oral and written directions in English. 
  • Must be able to relate positively and favorably to residents and families and to work cooperatively with other employees and personnel of other agencies. 
  • Basic understanding of computer technology. 
  • Must pass drug screening, criminal background investigation, and reference inquiry.