Recreation Assistant

Posted 18-03-2019
Category Local In-Office
Interns Needed 1
Anticipated Timeline Is flexible
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Department:  Recreation

Reports To: Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator/Site Manager/Assistant Manager

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2019


Job Summary

The Good Samaritan Society/Good Samaritan Canada (GSS) is committed to achieving and maintaining excellence in health, safety, wellness and the environment in all of its operations. Maintaining a safe working culture is everyone’s responsibility. We must continually identify, assess, report and control possible risks to the health and safety of ourselves, our co-workers, volunteers, contractors, our residents/clients and the public within the communities, which we operate.


Benefits To Client/Resident:

  • Develop relationships
  • Enhance socialization and stimulation of physical and cognitive abilities

Benefits To Intern:

  • Develop relationships
  • Develop or improve skills in supportive environment
  • Learn new skills
  • Increase awareness of elderly/disabled
  • Have fun

Benefits To Staff:

  • Enhance programming
  • Effective stewardship of resources


Resources Available:

  • Staff support
  • Educational opportunities
  • Appropriate print and online resources


  • Assist with set-up and clean-up, if necessary
  • Porter/accompany clients/residents to and from activity area
  • Communicate with clients/residents, staff and visitors
  • Participate in planning and implementation of activities (e.g. baking, crafts, discussion groups, exercises, games, ceramics, bingo, movie, gardening, special meals, special events, bowling, sing-a-long, wheelchair biking, walks, visiting wheel chair travel, outings, picnics etc.)
  • Initiating and encouraging participation in activities
  • Support, encourage and value clients/residents
  • Follow direction of staff


Work within GSS Standards of Safety and Care

  • Ensures that resources are being used effectively and efficiently and not wasted or misappropriated
  • Maintains confidentiality on issues related to resident/client and employee matters and GSS information
  • Pursues continual learning by participating in in-services and training/education programs
  • Supports the Mission, Vision, and Values of GSS
  • Maintains a safe working culture by assessing and controlling possible health and safety risks

Ideal for someone with course work in:

  • Nursing
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Kinesiology
  • Recreation Therapy Aide

Some specialized skills required:

  • Patient and caring attitude
  • Willingness to learn about client/resident limitations
  • An ability to lead a program under supervision
  • Is able to work independently
  • Skills and interest in the program
  • Reliable team player, ability to follow directions
  • Physically able to porter and participate in program
  • Respect for and understanding of the elderly and disabled adults
  • Patient, flexible, desire to assist, encouraging and supportive
  • Good communication skills

What we will accomplish at the end of the Internship:

  • Throughout the internship, the intern will work with a multidisciplinary team comprised of a recreation therapist, occupational therapist, registered nurses, licence practical nurses, health care aides, recreation aides, mental health, best practice team, management, red seal chefs, volunteer services, maintenance and housekeeping staff
  • Throughout the internship, the intern will provide support to residents in a support living and support living dementia environment.
  • The intern will be instructed and trained on how to operate a duet wheelchair bike.