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Recreational Therapist

Company: St Luke's Hospital of Chesterfield MO
Location: Chesterfield
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Under the direction of the Supervisor of Activities Therapy, this position is responsible for providing meaningful activities and therapeutic interventions for residents in compliance with State and Federal regulations and the facility guidelines.

Principle Accountabilities: % of Time Spent

  1. Documents daily Activity Attendance Reports. Performs Initial and Annual Activity Evaluations (Assessments), documents Activities History and Preferences for MDS section F and creates IPOC Activity Care Plans, provides Activity Progress Notes for the Resident Team Meetings in the electronic charting systems. 20%

  2. Plans and implements activities, therapeutic recreation/leisure programs and 1-1 sessions for residents based upon their assessments, care plans and preferences. 5%

  3. Motivates and encourages patient participation and promotes patient adjustment through directed treatment modalities. Provides liaison from nursing and multidisciplinary team in regards to the patient care and activities to enhance the resident well being. 60%

  4. Facilitates supervision of students and volunteers as needed. 3%

  5. Reports to the Supervisor of Activities/ Special Care Coordinator regarding program activities, change in calendar or planned events. Assist with development, revisions, and contributes to the continuing quality improvement program. Evaluates need for new equipment. 1%

  6. Represents the department at Family Care Plan meetings and Interdisciplinary Plan of Care Meetings when required. 2%

  7. Coordinates special episodic activity events: Resident voting, Intergenerational programs, Building wide resident family events, building wide special events. 2%

  8. Participates in safety and customer service education as required by facility. Promotes safe environment for patients and staff. 3%

  9. Plans, coordinates and implements group bus trips. Drives a wheelchair accessible bus. 1%

  10. Performs other work duties as assigned. 3%

Total 100%


Bachelors Degree is required from an accredited college with a major in Therapeutic Recreation/Music Therapy/Art Therapy/Expressive Arts Therapy/Rehabilitation Therapy or related field which has emphasis in the therapeutic delivery of services. Must have competency in the degreed field.

Must acquire within 90 days or currently have a Missouri Chauffeur's License. (Minimum Class E or above)

BLS-CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is required.


Must be a self-starter with the ability to prioritize and complete essential duties in a timely manner. Must be caring, positive, energetic, flexible and creative.

Working Conditions

Employee is required to sit, stand, and walk frequently. Employee must lift/carry a light (1-20 lbs.) and medium (21-50 lbs.) loads frequently and heavy (50 lbs. +) loads occasionally. Employee may be required to lift over 100 lbs. with assistance. Employee is frequently required to bend, squat, crawl, kneel, climb, lift waist to overhead. Employee is frequently required to reach forward and reach overhead. For repetitive action, employee is required to use both hands for simple grasping and pushing/pulling. Employee is occasionally exposed to electrical hazards and temperature changes. Employee is occasionally exposed to blood borne pathogens. (Occasionally: 1-33%)

Other physical and environmental requirements: Verbal skills are necessary to understand terminology and its application to Therapeutic Recreation; to communicate with patients, staff and physicians; and to prepare meaningful reports. Numerical ability is required to collect data for various reports. Writing ability and efficiency is necessary to prepare required forms, reports, and correspondence. Spatial and form perception needed to visualize anatomical structure of disabled parts of the body and relation of therapeutic devices in remedial actions. Must demonstrate an ability to work with people tactfully and exhibit qualities of decision-making and judgment. Clerical perception is needed to keep accurate records of patient treatments, reaction and progress; also needed in preparing training courses. Good body mechanics needed to minimize strain when transferring and treating patients and/or moving equipment. Motor coordination and manual dexterity are necessary to facilitate treatment. Possesses tolerance, patience, and is able to work with patients of varying temperaments, awareness levels, and mental status. Must have a desire to achieve professional growth through contact with professionals in the hospital, the community, professional literature, and workshops/seminars. Flexible to work with varying situations, displaying creativity and innovation.

The most significant of duties are included but this does not exclude occasional work assignments not mentioned or developmental duties.

Job Relationships: Brief descriptions of the types of interactions that occur for this job:

Member of a comprehensive healthcare team, including other healthcare providers, the patient, the patient's family and significant others.

Takes direction from: Surrey Place Supervisor - Activities Therapy

Provides direction to: Volunteers & newly hired staff who are in orientation

Supervised by: Surrey Place Supervisor - Activities Therapy



Faithful to our Episcopal-Presbyterian heritage and its ministry of healing, St. Luke's is dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve.

Using talents and resources responsibly, we provide high quality, safe care with compassion, professional excellence and respect for each other and those we serve.


As an independent healthcare network, we create healthy communities in the region through our commitment to high quality, safe and personalized services.


Human Dignity

We accept and treat all persons as being created in the image of God.


We respond with caring to the needs of others as if they were members of our family.


We honor each person's rights and responsibilities in light of the common good.


We set and strive to attain high standards of performance and continuous improvement.


We use our talents and resources wisely, with honesty and integrity.

FACES - Friendly - Available - Caring - Efficient - Safe Communication Standards: Promotes and provides courteous and effective communication with internal and external customers.

Keywords: St Luke's Hospital of Chesterfield MO, Chesterfield , Recreational Therapist, Other , Chesterfield, Missouri

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