Activities Assistant - Oakdale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

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Activities Assistant - Oakdale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Care Center) - Part Time

Location: Oakdale, CA

Job Description

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of the District’s guest relations’ policies and programs by initiating and maintaining positive relations with patients, patient families, visitor, medical staff members and other employees of Oak Valley Hospital District (OVHD), regardless of age, cultural or ethnic backgrounds.
  1. Understands and adheres to hospital requirements for the assessment and provision of care which considers the personal, cultural, spiritual and/or ethnic beliefs of patients.
  1. Assures that the rights of all patients are respected and maintained by allowing for privacy, confidentiality, and dignity in the provision of service.
  1. Demonstrates the ability to follow the Standards of Behavior.
  1. Maintains current professional licenses and/or certifications as and when required by state, regulatory agency, or hospital mandate.
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of, and adheres to, all applicable professional regulatory practice acts, state/federal regulations and policies and procedures of OVHD, including OBRA, Joint Commission, Title XXII and requirements of other regulatory agencies, as applicable.
  1. Identifies patients at risk for abuse and/or neglect, as well as associated signs and symptoms.  Adheres to mandatory reporting requirements for healthcare professionals per Administrative Policy & Procedure.
  1. Practices Universal Precautions while providing care and performing other hospital services.
  1. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills to safely and appropriately fulfill job specific responsibilities related to safety, security, emergency preparedness, control of hazardous materials/waste, life safety, medical equipment and utility systems as outlined in the hospitals environment of care plan.  Observes safety precautions to ensure a safe environment for patients, patient families and guests of all ages.  Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG).
  1. Actively supports the organizations mission, vision, values and goals.  Participates in activities within the organization that support performance improvement.
  1. Meets current hospital standards as defined by the Oak Valley Hospital District Employee Handbook and the hospital’s Administrative Policy and Procedure Manual.
  1. Meets the age specific clinical, interpersonal and interactive responsibilities, as outlined in the Human Resources Policy and Procedure “Age-Specific Interpersonal and Interactive Relationships”.
  1. Meets the clinical competency requirements as outlined in the Department Specific Skills Checklist.
  1. Meets State of California standards by completing an annual TB test during the established time frame, in accordance with OVHD established TB testing schedule.
  1. Reviews the job description with the designated supervisor during the annual performance appraisal and recommends changes, as necessary.
Position Accountabilities:
The following are general job accountabilities
  1. Assists with planning and organization of activity programs:
  • Contributes to plan for individual residents.
  • Welcomes input from the resident or family regarding activities.
  • Assists with planning and leading of group activities and one-on-one activity visits.
  • Assists with resident transportation to and from activities.
  1. Alert to changes in residents physical and mental condition:
  • Reports to the Activities Director any concerns regarding residents who may be potentially at psychological/psychosocial risk.
  • Contributes to information regarding resident activity involvement to Activities Director.
  • Contributes verbally to activity progress notes.
  1. Assists with evaluation of resident activity program:
  • Documents resident response to activity programs in daily charting.
  • Reports to Activities Director any feedback from residents, families, nursing staff and other members of the health care team regarding activities.
4.   Successfully demonstrates competency of skills required for department specific compliance.


Job Requirements

Minimum Education:
Completion of a rehabilitation/recreational therapy course work
High school graduate or equivalent required
Minimum Experience/Skills:
Two (2) years work experience in a related field working with long term care patients
Demonstrated creativity and initiative in activity planning
Able to perform basic mathematical calculations
Able to effectively communicate and follow instructions, written and verbally
Current AHA BLS certification
Physical Demands:
Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking
Lifts, positions, pushes up to 50 pounds
Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
Manual dexterity and mobility
Ability to move quickly
Vision Requirements:
Ability to adjust vision sufficiently to perform duties
Working Conditions:
Regularly exposed to the risk of contagious and blood borne diseases
Subject to varying and unpredictable situations.
Exposure to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries, illness)
Emergency and crisis situations
Subject to irregular hours
Increased stress due to multiple calls and inquiries
Occasional exposure to radiation hazards, radioactive substances and biohazard material           
Occasionally requires time away from the office