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Sr. Program Assistant - Memory Care + $1,000 Sign On Bonus

Company: Erickson Senior Living
Location: Novi
Posted on: January 22, 2023

Job Description:


Fox Run Village by Erickson Senior LivingFox Run is a beautiful 108-acre continuing care retirement community in Novi, Michigan. We're part of a growing network of communities developed and managed by Erickson Senior Living, a national provider of senior living and health care with campuses in 11 states-and growing.

SUMMARY: The Senior Program Assistant will stimulate the physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, and emotional well-being of the residents residing in Continuing Care. Discusses and assess with the Programming team the resident's needs/desires related to purposeful engagement and providing therapeutic and recreational activities to meet the daily needs and interests of the residents.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience starting at $ 15/hourly

Person Centered Care Summary: The Continuing Care team is committed to serving residents in all aspects of their daily lives and assisting with the day-to-day functions of the neighborhood.

Members of the Continuing Care team will develop relationships with the residents and their families using a consistent caregiver approach; supporting the residents' physical, spiritual, emotional, and clinical needs and focusing on placing the residents first.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Uses independent judgment to design, plan and facilitate variously structured, guided, and impromptu programs for individuals and groups in the common areas and resident rooms of the Continuing Care Community. Escorts and ensures the safety of the residents on group trips and excursions. Works collaboratively with other team members, management, community groups, volunteers, and families to deliver programs and activities designed to enhance the resident experience. Assesses changes in the resident's needs, abilities, and preferences to provide programs and activities that are beneficial, purposeful, and enjoyable for individuals and group audiences. Any noted changes are communicated to the Programming Manager. Creates program supply lists, maintains supply levels, and ensures safe operation and functionality of the equipment. Participates in team discussions regarding resident programming, schedules, trips, special events, staff scheduling, and resident issues.

7. Prepares and plans various activity programs according to the schedule and guidance of the Program Manager.

8. Leads group and individual activities both structured, guided and impromptu in activity spaces, common areas, and resident's rooms.

9. Motivates and assists participants during activities/programs.

10. Sets up activity equipment such as tables, instruments, electronics, etc.

11. A flexible work schedule including weekends and evenings as determined by the Programming Manager is required.

12. Completes state and federal required documentation as needed and directed by the Programming Manager.

13. Collects and records information by conducting resident or family interviews and reviewing documentation for assessments.

14. Under the discretion of the Programming Manager, may participate in care plan conferences providing vital information to the resident and significant others regarding programming involvement.

15. Assesses residents' needs and limitations on an ongoing basis for program planning and contributes to the written assessment forms and MDS.

16. Plan and prepare various activity programs using skills and areas of specialty.

17. Maintains Erickson Senior Living's philosophy and "Vision" statement.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

--- Understanding of the dementia process.

--- Demonstrate good judgement, think independently, be self-motivated, organized, flexible and dependable.

--- Good communication and listening skills.

--- Basic computer skills required.

--- Demonstrates a willingness to learn and a basic understanding of the needs of the resident

--- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to multitask.

--- Exceptional customer service, problem solving, time management, and leadership skills.

--- Must be a strong team player and be skilled at developing teams and fostering teamwork.

--- Enthusiastic and passionate about working with seniors.

--- Experience with or willingness to learn electronic medical records and documentation.


High school diploma of GED is required.
Associates or Bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred.
Minimum of 3 years working as an Activities Assistant in a licensed health care community or 2 years as a Programming Assistant is required.
Experience leading groups of people with varying levels of physical and cognitive independence is required.
Experience with seniors is required
Flexible work schedule including weekend and evenings is required.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Must be able to read, write and communicate in the English language.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to lift 50 lbs. from floor to waist. Able to transport a resident in a wheelchair. Able to walk for long distances or periods of time, pushing weights up to 250 lbs. Able to kneel, bend from the waist to floor, stoop, twist torso laterally in all directions, and grasp small and large objects.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Resident programs are conducted in a variety of settings including resident's private rooms, common areas in the community building, patios and other outside areas, resident shuttle bus, and outside venues such as parks, arenas, theaters, and restaurants.
Programming assistants will be exposed to seasonal weather changes.
Frequent exposure to residents, families, and visitors in a healthcare setting.
Erickson Living Communities operate on a 24/7 schedule. Therefore, an employee may be required to work additional hours or a varied schedule due to inclement weather or other emergency situations.


Generate and may order supplies for resident activities.
Complete section F of the MDS.
Plan resident weekly schedules and special events.
Able to make decision on when to alter time and programs schedules per resident's preference.
Able to update care plan to document a resident's routines and preferences.


Erickson Senior Living, its affiliates, and managed communities are Equal Opportunity Employers and are committed to providing a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

Keywords: Erickson Senior Living, Novi , Sr. Program Assistant - Memory Care + $1,000 Sign On Bonus, Other , Novi, Michigan

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