Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Recreation Therapist Supervisor

    Job Locations US-MA-Dedham
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  • Overview

    The Recreation Therapist Supervisor is directing and delivering a high quality of life and wellness of patients’ physical, spiritual, cultural, educational, social and psychological needs. In collaboration with the Nurse Managers, Volunteer Services, Spiritual Care Services, Community and Culture Coach and Expressive Therapy team, the Recreation Therapist Supervisor will steer the direction of the Life Enhancement Team.  They are also responsible for the development of creative inter-generational programming and a vibrant culture of “life-long learning”, as well as actively engaging families in developing an optimal community life for our patients.  They will provides oversight and leadership for life enhancement coordinator, volunteer groups and patient transportation.


    Community Life Leader Responsibilities:


    • Supervise and align regular and per diem team members to meet their respective floor needs and achieve organized goals set by the HSL management team
    • Supports high patient and family satisfaction through community engagement.

    • Creates with the Life Enhancement Team engaging and stimulating activities and programs.
    • Assists team members in adhering to departmental and hospital wide policies.
    • Assists Sr. Leader in the development and the management of the life enhancement budget.
    • Assures team works in unison with other departments as needed.
    • Engage employees and families in activities related to improving quality of life.
    • Fosters professional development of team members who are self-organized and encouraged to have independent decision making.
    • Assists team members in meeting and complying with the regulatory and documentation standards.
    • Responsible for evaluation of performance, and supporting the professional development for direct reports.
    • Responsible for the final hiring decision of all Life Enhancement Coordinators
    • Develop Center-wide programming based on patient needs and wants.




    Coordinator responsibilities:

    • Control and implement the operation of Community Life as it pertains to the assigned floors.
    • Act as a professional and effective departmental liaison in interdepartmental matters.
    • Assess patients’ capabilities to develop and implement therapeutic programs to meet the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, spiritual and sensory needs of individual patients on their assigned unit.
    • Develop goal-oriented treatment plans to maximize functioning, maintain and improve health, and provide for the general well-being of each patient; communicate them to other staff.
    • Provide direct patient care, and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team to implementation treatment plans for s.
    • Adapt programs as necessary to ensure success.
    • Lead program development of relevant specialized programming in collaboration with the Life Enhancement Leader.
    • Attend floor meetings and participate in floor decision-making.
    • Document patient progress through timely completion of assessment, MDS, quarterly notes, attendance sheets, and other paper work as requested.
    • Prepare monthly floor calendar.
    • Assist in coordination of Center-wide activities.
    • Guide volunteers to assist with programs.
    • Identify and hire vendors, with supervisor approval, to provide programs on assigned floors.
    • Participate in process improvement. Offer input and ideas to improve systems and processes.
    • Work within the community at large to establish positive relationships to provide intergenerational programs and other community-based programs.
    • Keep patients informed of activities and, working collaboratively with other departments, take responsibility for ensuring transport of patients to and from programs.
    • Implement in-services for departmental, floor, andor Center- wide staff to educate them about programs in general or some specific aspect to increase understanding about the contribution of life enhancement therapy to Community Life.
    • Assist in departmental duties that keep the department neat, orderly, and professional.
    • Increase the knowledge base through participating successfully in classes, conferences, and workshops both within and outside of the Center. Apply knowledge gained.
    • Assist in orienting and training new staff, students, and volunteers.
    • Provide additional training and support to staff who need help with documentation; audit documentation on assigned floors as requested.
    • Mentor students and volunteers as requested.
    • Assist Nurse Managers with floor projects, implementation of culture change and other unit-specific needs.
    • Meet with supervisor regularly to review the Community Life on the assigned units, address problem areas (including clinical issues), and determine the progress toward the individualized annual goals.
    • Order equipment and supplies for assigned floors with the approval of the Life Enhancement Leader. Ensure supply storage areas are neat and orderly.
    • Perform other related duties as requested.



    • Minimum 2 years supervisory experience preferred.
    • Minimum 3 years experience in Recreational Therapy, Expressive Therapy, or Social Services relative to senior communities or services required.
    • Proficiency in the use of pertinent computer applications required, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate clearly with Members and their families, peers and staff, verbally and in writing.
    • Must be professional, proactive, collaborative, conscientious and results-oriented individual.
    • An advocate and leader for the vibrancy and engagement of the community.
    • A leader that can build and inspire a team thru motivation, synergy and open communications.
    • Flexible to meet the needs of the overall operation of HRC.
    • Creative, quality-minded and resourceful to offer great value within budget.


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