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Recreation Worker - Certified

Posting End Date: February 21, 2020

City: Winnipeg

Site: Golden Links Lodge Personal Care Home

Department / Unit: Recreation 

Posting Category: Clinical Support 

Union: CUPE










Recreation Worker – Certified




Reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and/or Designate




Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the Recreation Worker plans, facilitates and evaluates Recreation Programs to meet the social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs of designated individuals and groups of Residents in accordance with Manitoba Health Standards. Functions as part of the interdisciplinary team. The Recreation Worker works within the framework of Golden Links Lodge’s Mission, Vision & Values and in accordance with its policies and procedures.  Supervises and evaluates Volunteers and Students assigned to the program as requested.




    1. Education:
        • Recreation Facilitator for Older Adults Certificate or equivalent diploma/degree.
        • Training in Non-Crisis Intervention, First Aid / CPR and Food Handler’s Certificate an asset.
        • Computer literacy.
        • The ability to read, write, comprehend and speak fluent English


    1. Experience:
        • One year previous experience working with the elderly
        • Experience in personal care home setting preferred.
        • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and evaluate Recreation Programs.


    1. Knowledge:
        • Understanding of the aging process
        • Awareness of community resources.
        • Understanding of group processes.
        • Understanding of cognitive impairment.
        • Understanding of music therapy.
        • Understanding of physical limitations and strengths as impacted by chronic illness.


    1. Personal:
        • Physical and mental health to meet the requirements of the position.
        • Interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively in English.
        • Knowledge of the needs of the elderly and an ability to relate to them with warmth, empathy.
        • Ability to work with minimal supervision and in harmony within a team environment.
        • Demonstrates initiative, resourcefulness and creativity.
        • Ability to adapt to changing needs of Residents.
        • All hires require a Criminal Record and Adult Abuse Registry check.


Position Responsibilities and Duties

Under the direction of or in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, the Recreation Worker plans, facilitates and evaluates Recreation Programs to meet the social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs of designated individuals and groups of Residents in accordance with Manitoba Health Standards.


1.         Assessment

    • Conducts individualized recreation assessments on Residents, according to GLL



2.         Intervention Plan
  • Develops individualized recreation care plans as part of the overall resident care plan.
  • Includes resident, and encourages family involvement, in the development and implementation of the individual’s recreation plan.
  • Follows process for Resident admission.
  • Participates in resident care conferences as appropriate.


3.         Program Development

  • Researches, plans and develops recreation programs and special events, incorporating the needs and preferences of Residents.
  • Participates in team meetings and planning sessions.
  • Participates in the selection of recreation supplies and equipment, being conscious of the budgetary constraints.


4.         Program Delivery

  • Conducts individual, small and large group recreation programs. Supports individual leisure lifestyles as appropriate to meet identified Resident needs.
  • Prepares calendar and promotes events within the facility keeping mindful of seasonal changes and holidays.
  • Participates in the supervision and direction of volunteers in providing recreation services to Residents.
  • Supports the economical use, safe storage and maintenance of recreation supplies and equipment.


5.         Documentation/Communication

  • Documents in IPN according to facility charting guidelines.
  • Communicates recreation programs and goals with residents, families and team members in a designated facility format.
  • Records resident specific documentation including: recreation assessment, resident participation records, progress notes and care conference reports.
  • Reports any unusual incidents or concerns regarding resident care to the appropriate person.
  • Records service specific documentation such as program outlines.


6.         Evaluation

  • Evaluates the success of meeting individual resident needs.
  • Reviews functions related to therapeutic recreation services as assigned.
  • Participates in the Quality Program by completing recreation audits as assigned.


7.         Professional Development

  • Assumes responsibility for ongoing education and participates in professional activities

     for personal and professional growth.

8.         Other
  • Participates in education of family and staff regarding the purpose and role of recreation in Long Term Care.
  • Provides unit and program relief as directed.
  • Maintains knowledge base on Safe Resident Movement and Handling, Routine Practices and Managing Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties.
  • Provides supervision to and evaluation for Recreation students in fieldwork placements.
  • Assists Residents as necessary with their refreshments when served at programs.
  • Prepare/arrange for advertising a special event or program (including decorating, poster making, etc.).
  • Maintains the dignity and confidentiality of Golden Links Lodge and the Resident’s Bill of Rights
  • Assists participants with personal needs as required.
  • Supports Facility initiatives including the quality program.
  • Reviews departmental procedures and processes as assigned.
  • Displays a positive work ethic.
  • Adheres to the GLL Dress Code policy.
  • Performs other duties as requested


9.       Respectful Workplace

The Recreation Worker will conduct herself/himself according to GLL Respectful Workplace policies by:

  • Displaying a positive work ethic
  • Communicating in a polite manner to Residents, families and other staff members.
  • Recognizing that personal qualities affect communication styles.
  • Refusing to participate in gossip about co-workers and/or making comments about others’ religion, physical appearance, race, or gender as outlined in the policy
  • Assisting Residents, families and other staff members as required.


It is understood that the above mentioned activities are illustrative of those necessary to carry out the main function of the position but do not limit the incumbent from performing other related duties.

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