As a member of the peopleCare Management team, this position assesses the life enrichment needs of each resident related to the physical, psychological, social, recreational, and spiritual needs in accordance with legislative requirements. The Director of Programs plans and directs the implementation and regular evaluation of the programs for the facility maintaining the philosophy of peopleCare.
Reports to: Executive Director/Administrator
- Participates in initial assessments of residents
- Participates in multi-disciplinary resident care conferences to coordinate the life enrichment/service needs
- Maintains awareness of changes in conditions or behaviours of residents to modify programs/care plans
- Notifies nursing staff of any observed changes and documents in a progress note
- Maintains records of initial assessments and programs for each resident
- Reviews and updates assessments and programs regularly
- Communicates departmental activities to residents, staff, families, and the community to encourage participation in programs
- Maintains all required records, reports, statistics in accordance with policies and procedures and legislative requirements
- Coordinates the volunteer program for the facility, including recruiting and orienting volunteers
- Directs and evaluates volunteer activities
- Coordinates and evaluates the Pastoral Care activities
- Ensures Resident’s Council / Family Council activities are facilitated in accordance with legislative requirements
- Works cooperatively with staff, students, other departments, volunteers, and families to meet resident needs
- Plans, organizes, and directs the implementation of the life enrichment programs
- Provides work direction, instruction and guidance to department staff and audits
- Keeps informed and current on changes to Health and Safety legislation
- Ensures department maintains a safe workplace environment through implementation of safe work practices and service guidelines
- Encourages staff participation in in-service education programs
- Coordinates appropriate training for staff
- Trains staff related to the use of specific policies and procedures, provincial guidelines, and standards from the MOHLTC
- Participates in committees/teams/task forces related to health, safety, and Infection Control
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- A post-secondary diploma or degree in recreation and leisure studies, therapeutic recreation, kinesiology or other related field from a community college or university.
- Minimum 3 years equivalent experience in management, program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- 3-5 years’ experience in Long Term Care with specialized knowledge of Gerontology. At least one year of experience in a health care setting.