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Recreation Therapist (RFT 1.0)

VON Canada - 346 Jobs
Bancroft, ON
Posted 22 days ago

Requisition Details:

Employment Status: Regular, Full Time (1.0 FTE)
Program Name: Bancroft Adult Day Program
Number of Hours Bi-Weekly: 75
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday (08:00 AM- 04:00 PM)
On Call: No

Job Summary:

The Recreation Therapist is responsible for all processes involved in the on-boarding of new clients to the Adult Day Program. The Recreation Therapist maintains and supports the team care model approach, consistent with VON mission statement, program operational goals and individual participant goals.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the safety and security of participants and maintains a clean, tidy program environment.
  • Receives referrals in order to initiate Intake process.
  • Builds trusting relationships with clients and caregivers.
  • Develops and maintains individual program plans for clients.
  • Guides and directs front line staff in implementing the planned social and recreational activities as appropriate.
  • In collaboration with the Adult Day Program team, ensures expected outcomes of care are reflected in client care planning through interdisciplinary and client/family collaboration.
  • Organizes and directs staff to provide programs that meet the physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of the clients and their overall well-being.
  • Acts as a role model for staff by training, orientating and mentoring along with supporting volunteers demonstrating knowledge and expertise as well as ongoing evidence of professional development.
  • Completes required documentation as per program policy set out by the Care & Service manager.
  • Provides assistance with Adult Day Learning (ADL) activity including transfers and incontinence care when required.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Manager, Home and Community Care.

External and Internal Relationships:

  • Collaborates with Manager- Home and Community Care, Home Support & Adult Day Program.
  • Communicates with community partners as it pertains to client care.

Education, Designations and Experience:

  • Degree or Diploma in Recreation Therapy.
  • Additional Diploma in Gerontology and or experience working with older adults, persons with Alzheimer Disease or Dementia an asset.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification and Food Handler's required.
  • Certification in Gentle Persuasive Approach and Montessori Methods an asset.
  • Strong computer skills including use of MS Word, Excel and Procura software.
  • Strong assessment and interview skills, knowledge of Inter RAI Assessment Tools.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in planning and implementing a therapeutic program for persons with cognitive and physical challenges.
  • Experience in managing staff and volunteers preferred

Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to problem solve, multi task and prioritize.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manage time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.


  • Must have personal vehicle and possess both a current driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance
  • Willingness to travel regularly during the day to support sites and attend meetings.
  • Current criminal background check will be requested, including a vulnerable sector screen.
  • Must be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Attention to detail; Lift and carry using appropriate lifting techniques; Bend, push, pull, grip, reach, kneel, crouch using good body mechanics; Walk, sit, stand, climb stairs; Hand movements.

VON Canada is committed to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and to providing accessibility accommodations for candidates who require them. If you are in need of accessibility support, please visit our website at for further details.

Competition Number: 39435
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About VON Canada

About VON Canada

The power to change lives!

VON Canada has been leading care at home for over 125 years. Today, we are a highly-trusted non-profit organization that works with our clients, employees, volunteers and partners to provide innovative clinical, personal and social support to people who want the comfort and peace of mind of living in their own homes and communities.

Our 6,300 employees and 6,500 volunteers deliver a wide range of vital health and wellness services, helping people remain healthy and at home for as long as possible.

With the help of our funders, donors, volunteers and committed staff, we offer dozens of programs and services across Ontario and Nova Scotia that provide real hands-on help to seniors, children, youth and adults who need extra support. We help Canadians stay healthy, live well and remain active. And, together with our clients and their families, we contribute to the health and improved quality of life of Canadians in their homes and communities, where they want to be.

We employ thousands of team members in the positions of:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses
  • Support Workers (PSWs, CCAs, Home Helpers)
  • Client Service Associates/Administrative Assistants
  • Nurse Managers
  • Community Support Program Coordinators
  • Corporate Services (HR, IT, Finance, etc.)
  • And much more!

What we can offer you:

  • Competitive salaries and paid vacation time
  • Tiered Benefits (health, dental, LTD) & an Employee Assistance Program for eligible employees
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan with company contribution for eligible employees
  • Travel compensation
  • Comprehensive orientation program
  • SMART phone provided to keep you connected during work time
  • The opportunity to make a difference in your community

Being a part of VON can open up a lifetime of opportunities through professional development, training and job growth. Come for the job, stay for the learning, the growth, and the chance to make a real difference in the lives of everyone you work with.

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