Recreational Therapist

$29 - $32 yearly
  • The Terraces at Los Altos/HumanGood
  • The Terraces at Los Altos, Pine Lane, Los Altos, CA, USA
  • Nov 24, 2021

Job Description


Under general supervision, the Recreational Therapist provides therapeutic activities that are designed to develop client self-worth, autonomy, promote the growth of cognitive and social skills, and provide physical activity.  Responsibilities include assessment, treatment, program planning and implementation, related documentation and communication. Functions under physician’s orders.  Collaborates with interdisciplinary treatment team.  Works with nursing staff and residents' families on follow-through programs that build on the progress made. Consistently monitors and implements quality efforts. Ensure that the department functions according to accepted regulatory and quality standards with a customer service focus.  As a representative and team member of the company, this position is expected to present oneself in a manner that reflects professionalism and ensures resident satisfaction.

Work Duties

  • Leads, plans, organizes and directs a variety of fitness programs for residents, develops standards and procedures in implementation of fitness programs and services;
  • Develops systems to assess fitness needs of residents; evaluates strengths, problems and interests and sets goals for residents;
  • Provides opportunities for interaction with residents of all levels; follows up with residents, family members, care managers, and physicians to assure resident’s needs are being addressed and re-evaluated as needed;
  • Consistently provides activities therapy for clients, including but not limited to: walks, physical exercise, relaxation, leisure group, movement and or art therapy.
  • Demonstrates safe judgment while providing activity therapy.
  • Continually advises treatment team and supervisor regarding resident's activity, therapy needs and abilities.
  • Carries out activity therapy interventions in accordance with individual plans of care and contract.
  • Establishes treatment goals with multidisciplinary team and determines modalities by which they can be achieved.
  • Promotes and manages fitness programs, classes and lectures for the elderly; leads fitness classes and provides individual instruction, recruits and arranges outside resource personnel to instruct activities and to make available services for residents with disabilities and/or special needs;
  • Evaluates and assesses resident needs relative to gross motor coordination, group behavior, interpersonal relationships, and proficiency in various recreation and leisure activities.
  • Develops realistic goals with resident input; explains treatment plan and goals to resident.
  • Evaluates, records and reports on resident progress for review by other members of the rehabilitative team. Communicates effectively with physician, other members of rehabilitation team and others as indicated regarding treatment plan and patient response to plan.
  • Maintains gym, scheduling maintenance and other services as needed
  • Provides general orientation to gym and evaluations for gym participants
  • Completes all required documentation thoroughly and in a timely manner.
  • Conducts and participates in training medical and nursing personnel in occupational therapy techniques and objectives.
  • Participates in educational programs and in-service meetings.
  • Participates in continuing education program to ensure appropriate units are attained for maintenance of State license.
  • Attends meetings as required.
  • Provide therapy duties in all settings across the continuum of care, as needed.
  • Document services and billing completed accurately, in a timely manner, according to company and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure that resident’s plan of care is communicated to resident and to family, if appropriate.
  • Complete appropriate screening of residents in order to determine whether the individual warrants an evaluation.
  • Maintain compliance with company productivity standards as appropriate.
  • Communicate resident progress or problems to supervisor and other team members; assist with resident scheduling
  • Handle job responsibilities in accordance with Company policy and applicable state/federal laws.
  • Promote and protect the rights of each resident
  • Conducts all business in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Perform various and other related essential duties as may be required
  • Performs other related duties as assigned and requested.




  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in related field required, emphasis on activities therapy curriculum preferred.


  • At least 1 year experience directing fitness activities in a geriatric setting; or any combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities                                               

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • National Certification Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and/or state certification, or other certification/licensure for activities therapy and or Masters prepared in related field.
  • Current CPR Certification and First Aid Certification

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