Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Exercise Therapist

    Job Locations US-MA-Roslindale
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  • Overview

    Position Summary

    The Exercise Therapist will provide exercise programming, guidance and motivation to HSL LTCH patients involved in the Circle of Fitness (CoF) gym–based program and other LTCH

    Restorative Exercise programs. The position may include participation in, and support of, the Rubenstein Unit-Based Exercise (RUBEX) program and exercise supervision of clients enrolled in Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s “Get Up & Go” Outpatient exercise program.

    In the absence of the Immediate Supervisor, the Exercise Therapist will be supported and supervised by the Manager of Outpatient Exercise and Wellness.



    Core Competencies

    • Must be able to communicate effectively with a diverse population.
    • Must demonstrate competence in retrieving information from the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
    • Must be able to articulate and document pertinent information regarding patients exercise prescription and progress in accordance with professional standards and guidelines.
    • Must be able to accurately enter resident exercise information into the Patient Care System (PCS) on a daily basis.

    Position Responsibilities

    • Conducts physical performance evaluations and functional testing with resident participants in the CoF exercise program.
    • Develops individualized exercise programs for CoF gym participants utilizing the principles of progressive resistance training (PRT). 
    •  Provides coaching in proper exercise technique to patients for maximal strength, endurance and functional exercise benefit.
    •  Communicates with team members and appropriate resident care staff regarding medical or other changes noted during exercise sessions.
    •  Must be able to identify contraindications and/or modifications in order to practice safe exercise programming.
    • Leads or provides support to leaders of RUBEX group exercise classes on households/floors.
    • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to NuStep training and progression on resident households/floors.
    • Travels between HSL CLF exercise programs in Roslindale and Dedham, if necessary.
    • Attends monthly CLF staff meeting.



    • Introduces self to patients/families and explain role in care.
    • Demonstrates to patients and their families that you are “emotionally” present by listening attentively and attending to concerns/needs.
    • Acts as an advocate on behalf of patients as needed or appropriate.
    • Communicates with patients/families/visitors/staff in a manner that conveys respect, caring and sensitivity.
    • Listens and respects others’ opinions.
    • Accountable for staying informed by reviewing memos, emails and other forms of communication.
    • Responsible for communicating and responding to issues and problems within the household/floor in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Responds to patients in all situations with a calm, sensitive and supportive approach.



    Quality Improvement

    • Communicates issues/concerns to leadership that may require quality monitoring.
    • Offers suggestions and solutions that may improve systems and care.
    • Participates in quality improvement initiatives as may be required.



    • Monitors student interns and volunteers, incorporating their assistance into exercise/fitness programs according to their abilities.
    • Seeks opportunity for professional development by attending internal and trainings, educational programs and conferences.















    Physical Requirements

        Contact with patients under a wide variety of circumstances,

          which may include exposure to unpleasant odors, sights, and sounds.

        Subject to varying and unpredictable situations.

       May be exposed to infections, contagious diseases and blood bor ne


       Gloves, gown, and mask as necessary.                                        

       Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing or walking.

       Positioning, transporting and/or transferring patients. 

       Lifting supplies, equipment.

       Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching. 



             ▪   Bachelor’s Degree in related health field such as Exercise Science or

                 Allied Health.    

             ▪  Two to six months of prior experience providing clinical exercise  

      programming for older adults in an LTCH and/or community setting.

             ▪  Excellent critical assessment skills.

             ▪  Proficient verbal, written and computer skills

             ▪  ACSM Health Fitness Instructor or Exercise Specialist certification  



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