Job Title: Outpatient Recreation Therapist Job Code: YF
I. DEPARTMENT FUNCTION/JOB OVERVIEW
Responsible for the evaluation and treatment of patients, and for providing interventions, which include: leisure skills assessment, group programming, leisure education, community reintegration, recreation resources, and activities, which promote diversion and socialization. Functions as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team, coordinating patient's therapeutic recreation (TR) treatment plan with the overall goals of patient. Responsible for coordination of external adaptive sports offerings and events. Serves as a liaison with all Madonna sponsored sports teams. Forges positive relationships with multiple community partners to increase access to sports for children and adults with physical disabilities. Responsible for quality service delivery and internal/ external customer relations for the department and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital as a whole, including upholding the mission and values for the department and facility.
II. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Compiles, analyzes, and copies (records and documents) information obtained from patient evaluations and assessments and uses the information to provide appropriate therapeutic intervention to patients.
- Assists with the development and implementation of programs and services to meet the leisure needs of patients and to provide appropriate intervention, including:
- developing purposes, goals and objectives for programs and services.
- planning, organizing and scheduling monthly and weekly programs, activities, and services.
- Compiles and copies (records and documents) statistics for the department, including patient participation in group and individual treatment sessions (attendance), patient contact hours, etc. in order to track productivity and activity of department.
- Analyzes, synthesizes, and applies (reads) research and literature in the field of TR to assist with the development and implementation of new department services and programs.
- Modify therapeutic interventions to accommodate the age of the patient population.
- Collects and records data regarding attendance at all adaptive sports events including open recreation, team practices, workshops and competitions.
- Develops a realistic financial budget for external events (tournaments, workshops, etc) and seeks approval from the Director of Rehab Programs prior to implementation.
- Processes revenues and expenses related to adaptive sports activities, obtaining appropriate approvals for expenses and making accurate recordings where appropriate.
- Collects and compiles outcome data from adaptive sports events including participant satisfaction surveys and other survey information as requested.
- Coordinates and tracks registrations for various external adaptive sports events including workshops and tournaments or other competitive events.
- Maintains an accurate mailing list of key contacts and participants in the Adaptive Sports Program.
- Conducts interviews (verbal or written) with patients to obtain leisure history.
- Provides treatment to patients according to discipline policies and procedures, including:
- assessment of leisure skills
- leisure education
- community reintegration
- time management skills
- provision of leisure resources
- Leads, supervises, instructs, and assists patients in group and individual treatment sessions in order to carry out appropriate therapeutic intervention.
- Supervises students, and volunteers.
- Communicates (speaks-signals) with supervisor, co-workers, and staff regarding developments, concerns, goals, issues related to job duties and responsibilities.
- Serves on department and facility wide committees and groups as assigned by supervisor.
- Must perceive customer relations as a primary focus, and continually strive to satisfy the needs of every customer in all areas of the work force.
- Meets with representatives of each Madonna-sponsored adaptive sports team (e.g. Magic, Tennis, Quad Rugby) at least quarterly to solicit feedback and coordinate activities.
- Arranges and coordinates meetings with external sponsors and/or community partners (e.g. Lincoln Parks & Recreation, Woods Tennis Center, etc) for the purpose of planning, reporting results, and assessing needs.
- Organize external events (e.g. workshops and tournaments) including scheduling, invitations and confirmations, volunteers, and arranging resources necessary to support the event.
- Coordinates weekly open recreation offerings, including collaboration with the inpatient TR and other clinical staff to identify participants, and subsequent arrangement of appropriate transportation, equipment and staff resources necessary for a successful outing.
- Responds to inquiries regarding the Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program activities and events from external sources.
- Takes instruction from supervisor to perform other functions as assigned in order to achieve the goals within the department and/or system.
- Operates the following equipment:
- motor vehicle (car/van)
- videocassette recorder
- cassette recorder
- video games
- film projector
- bingo machine
- Maintains and assures a safe environment for the program. Handles and operates all necessary equipment and performs required duties according to established safety standards to maintain compliance with regulations and prevent injury.
- Tracks inventory and maintenance of adaptive sports equipment, and apprises supervisor of any needs.
III. PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Medium Work (lifting up to 50 lbs.)
Occasionally sets up tables (6'-8') and chairs.
Occasionally lifts wheelchairs into vehicles.
Occasionally lifts boxes and/or bags up to 20 lbs.
Frequently pushes patients in wheelchairs.
Occasionally pushes loaded carts.
Occasionally transfers patients from wheelchair to chair, mat, or car seat. (Patient must be at supervised or independent level of care.)
Mobility required for travel to scheduled events or meetings as needed.
Other Physical Demands:
Occasionally climbs, stoops, kneels, and reaches to setup and decorate rooms.
Must be able to understand ordinary conversation (verbal/written.)
Occasionally handles, manipulates and grasps items such as scissors, brushes, writing materials and small craft items.
Indoor work - 70%
Outdoor work - 30%
Occasionally comes in contact with the following toxic/nontoxic materials:
- ceramic paint (lead)
- paint thinners/turpentine/cleaners
- lighter fluid
- water base paints
IV. QUALIFICATIONS (Education/training and/or Experience)
Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) preferred. Experience with disabled children and adult populations preferred. Experience working in a rehabilitation setting preferred. Must have valid Nebraska driver's license and proof of good driving record. Must have ability to learn and comprehend instructions and directions for simple and traditional leisure activities, including basic board, table, and card games, basic art, craft and sewing activities, basic music skills, and basic outdoor sports and activities. CPR for Health Care Provider/CPR for Professional Rescuer required at time of hire or within 30 days from date of hire.
Background checks are conducted. When specific authorization forms are requested so that full background and history can be obtained, employees/applicants must sign the form(s) requested.