Recreational Therapist

Elderwood at North Creek

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Elderwood of North Creek is currently seeking a full time Recreational Therapist to join our growing team. An ideal candidate is someone with previous therapeutic recreation or occupational therapist experience and a passion for leading a team. We are focused on senior care and wellness – People caring for People!


This position is located in North Creek, NY.


This position is responsible for developing and directing an activity program for the leisure time of residents; activities are to be designed for entertainment, relaxation, socialization, exercise, stimulation, the opportunity to learn new skills, and for enhancement of the individual, psychological, social and spiritual needs of residents. Along with these duties, the Recreational Therapist is also responsible for the orientation, training and supervision of Activity Leaders and volunteers.

Employee Perks!: 401K Retirement Plan with Company Match, Free Hot and Iced Coffee, Free On-Site Parking, Generous PTO & holiday package, Increased Wages, Life Insurance, Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance, Point-earning employee reward program: redeem for prizes!, Strong leadership Responsibilities:

Recreational Therapist Responsibilities::

  • Plans, directs and schedules a monthly program of group, individual, and independent activities for residents; the activities are geared to individual capabilities and interests of residents; promotes and communicates the monthly calendar of activities for residents.
  • Directs Activity Leaders in implementing all phases of the Activity Department programs.
  • Plans Volunteer Program and recruits, orients, trains, and directs volunteers.
  • Cultivates and maintains good public relations and contact with service groups, and other community organizations.
  • Interviews new residents and prepares initial assessment information, including assigned sections of MDS+.
  • Attends Resident Care planning meetings and/or reviews Resident/Family Care plan review sessions; writes and/or reviews the Activities plan of care in the Medical Record Chart of each resident.
  • Prepares and/or reviews required documentation including initial evaluations, progress notes, attendance at activities program and discharge summaries.


  • A baccalaureate degree and training in recreation required; qualifications as stated in NYS Code, Rules, and Regulations necessary.
  • The activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activities professional who —
    • Is licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and
    • Eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1,1990; or
    • Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, one of which was fulltime in a therapeutic activities program; or
    • Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
    • Has completed a training course approved by the State
  • Ability to relate well and enjoy working with the geriatric resident.
  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing necessary.
  • Flexibility, patience, and sensitivity to the needs of residents.
  • Leadership qualities and ability to work well with others in implementing the activities program.
  • Ability to develop good relationships with residents, staff, volunteers, families, and visitors.
  • Physical stamina for constant activity.
  • Ability to perform tasks to established standards of excellence.


Elderwood expects all current and new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

EOE Statement: WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

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