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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4165 - Recreation Therapy Aide

Job Description

GRADE: 108

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in executing recreational activities with residents; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class provide recreational activities to residents on an assigned basis.  Work involves direct contact with residents and is performed in accordance with prescribed methods, techniques and procedures. Work is subject to supervision from the Recreation Therapy Coordinator and Recreation Therapy Manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Protect wander risk residents from exiting assigned unit unsupervised, and to monitor behaviors and fall risk residents in the lobby
• Be attentive to residents in the lobby, offering hydration, redirecting requests, & offering pastime activities
• Be proactive to the needs of the residents in the area by assessing resident’s skills as well as planning and conducting leisure activities with guidance from the Recreation Therapy Coordinator during activity down times in accordance with the suggested activities on the unit calendar as well as knowledge of resident’s skills and known interests
• Provide individualized attention and encouragement in the involvement of activities
• Provide an environment that is stimulating and modes of stimulation changed throughout the day
• Provide assistance for in-house transportation, feeding and other personal needs of the residents
• Assists in the maintenance and storage of special equipment for recreational activities
• Document attendance, as well as progress toward achievement of goals for individualized resident activities
• Use leisure engagement to lessen the potential of wandering and behavioral issues
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•  Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

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 essential functions.
Knowledge of:
• Modern methods, materials and equipment used in recreational activities
• How to economically and beneficially use specialized craft materials and equipment for recreational activities
• Variety of manual arts and crafts
• How to effectively interact with residents.

Skill in:
• Applying modern methods materials, and equipment used in recreational therapy
• Effectively responding to resident problems to gain best results from recreational activities
• Maintaining accurate records
• Analyzing of residents' needs and progress
• Dealing effectively with behaviors of residents with dementia.

Ability to:
• Work effectively with others
• Understand and carry out detailed verbal and written instructions
• Establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, residents and their families, other county personnel and the public


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent and six (6) months of experience in recreation therapy, using a variety of specialized arts, crafts, music or recreational activities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

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.

The work will occur in an office and field environment.  This position regularly includes working with residents. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.