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Recreation Assistant

  • Job Tracking ID: 512088-649246
  • Job Location: Florham Park, NJ
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: High School/GED
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: September 14, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:


The Villa, the newest senior care community of LSMNJ, located in desirable Florham Park, is currently seeking a Full-Time Recreation Assistant.

This position will be full-time, with an every other weekend obligation. Competitive compensation and benefits being offered!

Through the power of the Holy Spirit and in response to God’s love as revealed in the Gospel, the mission of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey is to serve those in New Jersey who hurt, who are in need, or who have limited choices.

LSMNJ team members are dedicated to providing healing, hope and hospitality, regardless of religious background through a diversified social ministry program addressing many critical human care needs.

We are seeking employees that share those same values and want to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

       Participates in and plans groups, games, dances, parties, movies, shows, crafts, picnics and related recreational/therapeutic activities.                                                                                       

       Escorts residents to the areas in conformity with the approved activity schedule

       Assists in measures taken for care, custody and safety of residents during individual and group activities.

       Assembles, dismantles and stores the equipment and supplies used in the recreational programs.

       Attends general staff meetings and mandated in-services.

       Provides activities to residents confined to their rooms that reflect lifelong interests.  Charts all related documentation to the Community Life Department as required by applicable standards including 

       assessments, status and episodic notes, calendars and activity attendance log.

       Supervises assigned Volunteers and Hospitality Aides involved with recreational activities coordinated with the Director of Community Life.

       Creates monthly calendar for unit display and resident use by the first day of the month.  Calendars are to be hung up in each resident’s room and adapted accordingly. 

       Assists with meal delivery and feeding of the residents during meal times and snack time

             Conducts activities using the following guidelines:


    • Supplies are to be gathered in advance of the activity.  Make sure you have enough supplies for each group member.

    • Consider environment.  Involve as many senses as possible; this helps to make the activity therapeutic. 

    • Prepare the room before you gather your group together.  Set up; room according to the event.  Crafts need tables; all other activities should encourage eye contact.

    • Gather together your group.  Go from room to room and invite everyone.  Aid those to the room as necessary.

    • Introduce yourself and welcome each person in your group.

    • Explain to the group what the activity will be and how it will be done.

    • Do activity as listed on the calendar.  Make it starts on time.

    • Activity should last from 20 – 45 minutes depending on the activity.

    • Anticipate residents need.  Have fluids available for exercise, props for discussion groups.

    • After activity thank each person for coming.

    • Log who came and if they activity participated or were passive observers and their responses to the activity.

Transports residents back and forth from activities both on the unit and off the unit

Experience and Skills:

High School Diploma/GED required.           

 Leadership skills, good interpersonal interactions


 A minimum of one year’s working experience with the frail or elderly.  Experience working in an activity department in a long-term care setting is preferred.




LSMNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.