Cedar Crest is a 130-acre senior living campus located in Pompton Plains, NJ. Our team members enjoy the opportunity to work in a vibrant community situated in the rolling hills and scenic valleys of historic Morris County.
For professionals dedicated to helping seniors live life to the fullest, Cedar Crest provides a rewarding alternative to the typical retirement community career. Our team members help each resident achieve the most active and independent lifestyle possible. In fact, almost everything our residents need can be found on campus or nearby. There is an abundance of amenities available, as well as hundreds of clubs and activities, excellent on-site restaurants, a state-of-the-art medical center, an all-season pool, and a fitness center. For this reason, Cedar Crest continually offers career opportunities in three major categories: Healthcare, Dining and Community Support.
* Hours: Weekends from 8:00am - 4:30pm or 10:30am - 7:00pm
The Program Assistant will stimulate the physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, and emotional well-being of the residents residing in Continuing Care. Assess for the resident’s needs/desires related to purposeful engagement and providing therapeutic and recreational activities to meet the daily needs and interests of the residents. Completes state required documentation.
Person Centered Care Summary:
The Continuing Care team is committed to serving residents in all aspects of their daily lives and assisting with the day to day functioning of the neighborhood. Members of the Continuing Care team will develop relationships with the residents and their families using a consistent caregiver approach; supporting the residents’ physical, spiritual, emotional and clinical needs and focusing on placing the residents first.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Uses independent judgement to design, plan and facilitate various structured and impromptu programs to individuals and groups in the common areas and resident rooms.
2. Escorts and ensures the safety of the residents on group trips and excursions.
3. Work collaboratively with other team members, management, volunteers, and families to deliver programs and activities designed to enhance the resident experience.
4. Routinely monitors changes in the resident’s needs, abilities and preferences to provide programs and activities appropriate for individual and group audiences.
5. Generates program supply lists, maintains supply levels and ensures safe operation and functionality of equipment.
6. Collects and records information by conducting interviews and reviewing documentation for assessments.
7. Consistently maintains proper documentation including daily attendance sheets, quarterly progress notes, assessment forms, service plans/care plans and generates the MDS documentation and assessments.
8. Participates in team discussions regarding resident programming, monthly calendars, activity and staff scheduling, and resident issues.
9. Participates in care and service conferences providing vital information to the resident and significant others regarding programming involvement.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Understanding of the dementia process.
• Independent thinker, self-motivated, organized, flexible and dependable.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
• High school diploma of GED is required.
• Associates or Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.
• Minimum of 1 year working with the geriatric population or experience in a professional field to include but not limited to educators, social workers, rehab professionals. Or related experience through college coursework and internship exposure is required.
• Experience leading groups of people with varying levels of physical and cognitive independence is required. Experience with the elderly is preferred.
• Flexible work schedule including weekend and evenings as appropriate is required.
Must be able to read, write and communicate in the English language.