Job Description

Director of Recreation

Mills Pond Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is actively looking to hire a full-time Recreation Director for our Skilled Nursing Facility. The candidate must have prior Recreation Director experience in a Long Term Care setting.

Position Summary:

The Recreation Director is responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of the full scope of the facility’s recreation services. This includes providing an ongoing, inclusive program that uses purposeful activities in order to improve and maintain the quality of life for residents. The recreational programs are designed to meet the physical, cognitive, social, spiritual and emotional interests, and needs of every resident as per the current federal and state guidelines and regulations. The Recreation Director is responsible for hiring and supervising all Recreation staff/ volunteers and ensuring that they are trained appropriately to provide clinical, quality recreational services.


Required Skills:

·         A minimum of two-years within the last five-years working full-time in Recreation, or CTRS, or ADC, or OT, or OTA

·         Knowledge of Recreation clinical documentation

·         Knowledge of Resident Rights

·         Knowledge of Person-Centered Care

·         Knowledge of Gerontology


General Duties and Responsibilities:

1.      Ensures that recreation services are in compliance with Centers’ policies and guidelines as well as state and federal regulations

2.      Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team and supports practices that focus on improving clinical, customer, staff and center excellence

3.      Plans a variety of engaging and meaningful recreational programs 7 days/ week (including evenings, weekend and holidays

4.      Plans activities that are appropriate to the needs of the residents (includes but are not limited to: small and large group programs, individual
pursuits, sensory activities, clubs, special interests, spiritual and religious activities, one to one activity, community outings)

5.      Evaluates the effectiveness of recreation services to:

a)      Enhance the resident’s quality of life

b)      Meet program goals 

c)      Illicit residents’ feedback 

d)      Identify special projects to enhance recreation services 

6.      Prepares a monthly calendar of activities that are posted in prominent areas and provided to every resident

7.      Prepares a monthly staffing schedule that includes evening and weekend and holiday coverage

8.       Ensures that all documentation requirements are met. (MDS, assessments, care plans, discharge summary TR section)

9.       Develops a system to record resident participation/attendance

10.   Serves as Smoking Champion, if facility participates in the smoking program. Maintains smoker list and appoints staff for supervision during smoke sessions

11.  Develops and implements a departmental Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan to continually monitor areas of recreation that involve health care delivery and resident quality of life

12.   Participates in morning meetings, department head meetings, care plan
 meetings, QAPI meetings, and any other meeting as directed by the Facility Administrator

13.  Orders and maintains appropriate supplies and equipment for the department

14.  Plans a monthly Resident Council meeting and serves as the staff liaison  
 for the   resident council president and other residents executive
 committee members. Takes minutes of meetings and ensures that all
 resident concerns are followed up and resolved.

15.  Uphold and safeguard residents’ rights; Advocates for and on behalf of

16.  Provides and ensures that translation services and communication tools are available in the facility for residents who speak a language other English

17.  Organizes and coordinates special community outings with resident
 interests in mind

18.  Arranges regular entertainment, parties, seasonal programs and special

19.  Plans and coordinates staff events and community events at the request
 of the Administrator

20.  Ensures that facility is appropriately decorated as per the holiday/season

21.  Supervises the volunteer program for the facility. Establishes and
 maintains an effective volunteer program through recruitment, screening,
 orienting, training, and recognizing volunteers

22.  Responsible for contributing to company-wide, bi-monthly newsletter
 and maintaining facility social media program (Facebook)

23.  Serves as the Employee Morale Champion. Welcoming new staff to the center and contributing to the employee morale and work culture. Planning and coordinating staff events. Maintain Employee-of-the-Month program

24.  Adheres to all facility and corporate policies


St. James, NY

About Us:

Luxor Nursing and Rehabilitation at Mills Pond is a state-of-the-art facility providing long-term and short-term stays with dedicated quality care. We work tirelessly to make sure your loved ones are cared for across all levels of rehabilitation. Our pledge to the community, our residents, and the staff is to provide post-acute-care in a manner that sets the standard of excellence and strives to meet and/or exceed the expectations of our residents, staff, and all we come in contact with.

Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V MPC35

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