Free Lead Therapeutic Recreation Assistant

Published date: May 29, 2022
  • Location: Florida, United States

Miami Jewish Health is one of the largest healthcare providers in the southeast focused on our aging population. Our unique continuum of care on our 20+ acre campus located in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Miami, offers services that include short and long-term skilled nursing, a state-of-the art on-site dialysis center in partnership with DaVita,a 32-bed acute-care hospital, an ambulatory health clinic, an inpatient hospice unit in partnership with Seasons Hospice, a memory and research institute specializing in the treatment and support of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders, a multidisciplinary functional restoration program for the treatment of chronic pain, home health and home care services, and assisted and independent living. Additionally, we have the largest Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in the state of Florida, with three locations in Dade County and one in Broward County.

Job Summary:
Responsible for maintaining the Therapeutic Recreation programs, as listed in the units’ monthly activities calendar, including group and one-to-one therapeutic recreation to all residents including those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related disorders.

Essential Job Functions:

Facilitates the therapeutic recreation programs by assisting residents during group activities, ensures following of the activity schedule, and provides assistance with transportation for residents during recreation activities.
Supervises the day-to-day functions of Therapeutic Recreation Assistant assigned to you, including disseminating pertinent information
Responsible for weekly updates to leadership regarding activities reports 
Reviews morning census for new admissions, completes an initial assessment within 48 hours of admission and properly documents in electronic health records by end of shift
Prepares accurate, complete, and legible patient/resident’s documentation established department deadlines for recording documentation.
Engages with residents, families, and co-workers to meet their needs as it relates to patient/resident care while using customer service competencies. 
Responsible for all aspects of planning, organizing and assisting in special events with external entities.
Plans, organizes and assists residents in field trips on a monthly basis


Associate degree from an accredited institution
Bachelor’s Degree preferred


Eligible for certification as therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activity professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1, 1990; or
Two years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, one of which was full-time in a therapeutic recreation program, or
Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
Has completed a training course approved by the state of Florida


CPR and First-Aid Certification preferred

Abilities required:

Friendly, outgoing, positive personality
Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with all levels of the work group, residents, families and volunteers
Sensitivity to the needs of the elderly
Basic computer knowledge required
Able to walk/stand/transport residents in their wheelchair the entire shift
Knowledge of documentation desirable
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Organizational Expectations:

Ensures that resident’s/patient’s rights are adhered to
Demonstrates professionalism and accountability
Demonstrates a caring attitude consistent with Miami Jewish EmpathicareSM toward MJH residents, patients, family members, employees and other facility guests
Demonstrates excellent communication skills
Ensures confidentiality and security of patients’ medical information
Identifies and utilizes appropriate channels of communication
Able to speak, read and write English
Able to think and act calmly to meet unusual occurrences of the job
Adheres to the organization’s Mission, Vision and Values
Participates in departmental activities, meetings and in-services and follows established guidelines
Maintains a safe working environment

Miami Jewish Health provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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