• Union Activities Assistant

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4/26/2018 2:39 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
    Work Hours
    Varied/8 Hour Shift
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
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    Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Implement individual and group activities for residents under the direction of the Activity Director.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Maintain current knowledge of, and implement appropriate individual and group activities for residents (such as resident-centered activities, arts and crafts programs, sensory/stimulation programs, and/or community outings) .
    2. Work cooperatively with activity director, center staff and community representatives to provide quality resident activities to accomplish the goals of resident care plans.
    3. Transport residents to and from in-house and community activities.
    4. Document and maintain accurate records related to residents' level of activity and participation.
    5. Maintain adequate levels of supplies; store supplies and equipment in assigned storage areas and activity centers.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.



    • Six months' experience working with older adults in a group setting.


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to display compassion and empathy with vulnerable adults who may become angry, hostile or combative.
    • Ability to appropriately communicate with and respond to adults with varying levels of cognitive and physical impairments.
    • Ability and willingness to work constructively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
    • Ability to maintain a helping role when interfacing with persons served; intervenes when appropriate.
    • Ability to work independently and interdependently to organize and implement activities.
    • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions.
    • Deals with standardized situations; occasional changes in circumstances.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Ability to work off-shift schedules; evening, weekend and holiday hours required to support resident care requirements.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Stands and moves both inside and outside building throughout the day.
    • Subject to exposure to infectious waste and disease conditions.
    • Subject to odors, disinfectants and other air contaminants throughout the day.
    • Safely lifts and transfers person served weighing average of 150 pounds on a frequent basis. Uses appropriate level of assistance for lifts and transfers.
    • Pushes person in wheel chair weighing up to 250 pounds on a frequent basis, often for long distances.
    • Ability to move freely about.
    • Frequently walks, stoops, twists, bends, and squats and kneels.
    • Lifts overhead.
    • Frequently lifts supplies weighing 25 pounds.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Ability to hear persons served.
    • Hand-eye coordination.


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