Activities Assistant

Recruiter
SPRINGDENE NURSING AND CARE HOMES LIMITED
Location
London (Greater)
Posted
12 Apr 2018
Closes
19 Apr 2018
Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
SPRINGDENE NURSING & CARE HOMES LTD JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title:Activities Assistant Responsible to:The Activities Co-Ordinator Accountable to:The Home Manager MAIN JOB PURPOSE: To work with the Activities Co-ordinator toensure the delivery of a person centred, meaningful programme of activities to residents with the aims of ensuring that the skills and interests of residents are maximised as per assessment, care plan and life history approach. Main Duties In conjunction with the Activities Co-ordinator and the Senior Activities Assistant: Provide a comprehensive range of daily activities (including at weekends and during holidays). Ensure that there are suitable therapeutic activities available for all residents within the home. Help update the resident care plan and contribute to life history, likes and dislike records and care plan reviews. Keep a register of activities and attendance. Attend suitable training days and ensure relevant information is passed on to staff. Attend meetings with the ActivitiesCo-ordinator and Home Care Manager, as requested. Attend staff meetings as determined by the homes programme. Attend residents’ committee meetings as requested. Liaise with the Activities Co-ordinator and Manager to ensure that residents who are sick in hospital are visited and that there is staff representation at resident funerals. Ensure, with the Activities Co-ordinator and Manager, that residents on outings have sufficient staff supervision. Report directly to the Activities Co-ordinatorin relation to all matters regarding activities within the home. Range of Activities The following are examples of activities that might be organised for residents to do on a daily or regular basis. The activities need to meet the residents’ cognitive, emotional and physical needs and preferences. To organise activities which will include the preparation of materials, seating for the group and making sure appropriate residents attend as agreed with Activity Co-Ordinator and personal preferences in care plans: Exercise classes Reminiscence classes Group games eg. Bridge, scrabble, cards, chess Singing Bingo Crosswords Group discussions Group outings or walks. 3. Multi-Disciplinary Team Working Maintain regular dialogue with the Activities Co-ordinator and give feedback and input into the meetings with all heads of departments: care, reception, catering, housekeeping and maintenance. Attend Group Activities Meetings when required to discuss programming, best practice and improvements. Attend meetings as requested by the Activities Co-ordinator eg with the care home manager. Attend staff meetings as determined by Activities Co-ordinator and the home’s programme. Update resident care plans and contribute to care plan reviews. Work with the charity and marketing teams to assist with promoting of large group events such as the Music Festival, the Big Draw, Charity Quiz Nights, Fetes etc. Take an active interest in Namaste and occasionally provide Namaste support with the Namaste Champion. Personal Care Be aware of the physical needs of residents during activities sessions and to access help with their personal needs when required Be responsible for ensuring tea/coffee is served at the appropriate times and assist residents where required Escort residents from rooms to activities sessions as needed Risk Assessments In conjunction with the Activity Coordinator to write appropriate risk assessments and adhere to Health and Safety policies and protocols. Supervision and Team Planning Attend supervision with Activity Coordinator and contribute to team planning. ADDITIONAL DUTIES - All staff must be prepared on occasions to undertake not unreasonable tasks as unspecified in this job description, at the Manager’s request. This job includes flexible working and could include evenings or weekends dependant on resident need. Person Specification Activities Assistant Springdene Core Competencies Focus on Residents An appreciation and respect for the welfare and needs of residents and their representatives; maintains a service-oriented outlook. Reliability Completes a given task to a professional and competent standard. Self-motivated, and able to work independently and under minimal supervision. Relationships Interacts well with work colleagues, residents, relatives and visiting professionals; builds friendly and professional working relationships. Co-operation and Team Work An ability to form effective working relationships with senior colleagues; accepts direction when required. Co-operates with colleagues as part of a wider team, including supporting colleagues in other departments as needed. Adapts to the team ethos and builds team spirit; listens, consults with others, and communicates proactively; supports and cares for others; a good team player. Standards of Excellence Maintains a professional manner and a standard of excellence in all work performed. A commitment to quality outcomes in all tasks undertaken. Knowledge Sharing Actively shares knowledge and information with other team members as appropriate. Conveys information in a clear, open and transparent manner. A respect for confidentiality where required. Essential Skills and Experience To have experience of working under one’s own initiative. To have transferable skills demonstrating flexibility, creative thinking, confidence and enthusiasm in working with people. To have an understanding of an approach to support older age people. To be able demonstrate good communication skills on all levels (Written and Oral). Good interpersonal skills, able to interact well with staff, residents and relatives. A positive approach to working with older people. Strong organisation skills. An ability to work under pressure and maintain the ability to prioritize. Familiarity with IT – will need to up-date electronic care plans. An aptitude to learn about Caring for older people Understanding the needs of people living with Dementia Understanding disability issues and wider societal issue towards ageing. Stimulating engagement for those with increasing dependency Desirable Skills and Expertise Experience of working with individuals with special needs and or dementia. Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary framework. Special Conditions Occasionally the post holder will work outside of normal office hours (9.00a.m–5.30p.m) and weekends e.g. to attend group events or charitable events. The post holder will also be required to travel to other units in the group from time to time. There may be occasions where the post holder is asked to help with activities at other units in the case of holidays or absence. Page 1 of 4 Activities Assistant Jan 2018

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