Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Health & Fitness Specialist

    Job Locations US-MA-Dedham
    Job ID
    2018-2117
    Category
    Support Services
  • Overview

    The Health and Fitness Specialist is charged with assisting the Fitness Director in the creation and implementation of fitness related activities for both our Assisted Living (which includes both traditional and memory support) and Independent Living populations at NBOC. The Health and Fitness Specialist educates the NewBridge community in various health-related topics, evaluates and tracks residents’ fitness progress.   The Health and Fitness Specialist acts as a motivational force to support residents in developing a healthy, active and well-balanced lifestyle. The Health and Fitness Specialist is responsible for upholding and delivering the highest Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) and fitness industry program standards with regards to safety, professionalism and quality of care for residents.

    Responsibilities

    • Administers individualized fitness assessments to residents including a review of health history, Vitalize 360 goals and administering the SPPB (Short Physical Performance Battery) and 1- Repetition Maximum test to determine appropriate fitness programs for residents
    • Implements comprehensive fitness programs for NewBridge residents based upon resident’s health, fitness assessment and fitness goals
    • Develops and directs comprehensive fitness programs that maximize participation and healthy functional independence of residents
    • Oversees and supervises resident’s progress in all areas related to a resident’s fitness plan including: strength training, balance and cardiovascular endurance
    • Designs, develops and teaches group exercise classes
    • Assists the Fitness Director in the creation, organization, and implementation of other health related activities such as educational speakers and health fairs.
    • Provides educational programs on nutrition, fitness, balance, memory and other subjects that enhance and enable wellness in spirit, mind, and body
    • Collaborates with physical therapists and physicians to begin or continue an exercise program for those with illness, surgery, or injuries
    • Keeps statistics & data on resident’s involvement and progress within the program. Also measures participation level and plans for optimal involvement
    • Collaborates with other HSL fitness staff to stay up to date with current trends, new exercise equipment and current research
    • Oversees, maintains and coordinates the maintenance of fitness facilities
    • Develops measurable criteria for residents to understand the value of the programs
    • Executes compliance to procedural manuals for the fitness department
    • Assists in the organization of the fitness center and aerobics room program schedule
    • Attends and contributes to fitness and administration staff meetings and maybe be expected to be a part of an interdisciplinary wellness team
    • Follows rules as set by the individual site employee handbook
    • Assists the fitness director with resident programming surveys
    • Subject to working holidays and weekends

    Qualifications

    • Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology or related field and current CPR certification
    • ACSM Fitness certification preferred
    • 2-5 years experience in the fitness field working with seniors
    • Knowledge of aging, disability issues and memory support strategies a plus.
    • Computer proficiency i.e. ability to use MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel preferred.
    • Must be able to recognize exercise contraindications and refer to appropriate health professional
    • Must be able to recognize signs of fatigue, injury and physiological stress and respond appropriately
    • Must be able to teach and motivate elders effectively
    • Exceptional customer service, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills are required
    • Ability to promote good relations in-house and with outside vendors, if required
    • Demonstrate flexibility, adjusting behavior, style or schedule as circumstances change
    • Must care deeply about supporting and assisting seniors to maintain a healthy, happy and fulfilling lifestyles

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