OVERVIEW

The Wellness Instructor provides direction and leadership for a multi-dimensional program which creates an environment that optimizes the well-being of residents in all lifestyles. Life enrichment encompasses many dimensions in senior living at Dow Rummel including: physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, and community.

QUALIFICATIONS AND JOB SKILLS

Must have good basic interpersonal skills –oral and written communication skills, positive, patient attitude and willingness to work as a member of a team to accomplish assigned tasks.  Must demonstrate ability to be energetic, enthusiastic and creative in working with residents.  Must have ability to understand and follow task orientation and instructions, rules and procedures as outlined in orientation and training. Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science or related field required. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and desirably with PowerPoint and Publisher. Excellent communication, persuasive skills, including public speaking with large and small group audiences and excellent demonstrated people skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Model the values, mission, and vision of the organization;

Be alert and active in supporting facility’s commitment to safe practices, infection control, and respect for residents’ rights;

  • Responsible for coordinating a multi-dimensional program in order to promote active, secure lifestyles for seniors in all lifestyles.
  • Document wellness activities and performance as appropriate and communicate any observed medical concerns promptly to the Executive Director, Support Services and the nursing staff.
  • Develops ongoing support and effective communication plans to ensure that residents are involved and retained in appropriate wellness programs.
  • Keep abreast of trends in the fitness/wellness industry and bring forward new ideas to apply to campus wellness program.
  • Facilitates well-thought-out action plans to engage residents in every level of care in programming through targeted communication, marketing and outreach efforts.
  • Communicate effectively with residents, family members, wellness clients, and staff, promoting good working relationships at all levels.
  • Involved with data management and assists with setting short and long range departmental goals, monitoring metrics, evaluating program impact and reporting program outcomes to determine if goals are being met.
  • Use safe transfer and ergonomically correct techniques and gait belts to move residents prior to performing various exercises.
  • Develops a comprehensive wellness program calendar for each lifestyle including both resident-driven and organizational sponsored events.
  • Promote the Wellness Program, serving as a role model for health and well-being.
  • Establishes, identifies, and ensures systems and standards that promote resident safety.
  • Instruct and motivate individuals, groups classes, and peers, making exercise social and fun, while helping to maintain and improve activities of daily living.
  • Maintains flexibility to changes and is independent in day-to-day activities.
  • Responsible for overall quality provided by established wellness programs and services and for following the highest standards.
  • Maintains a clean and organized working environment where safety is considered of the utmost importance.
  • Assist in teaching a variety of water and land classes with the performance of therapeutic exercises – passive, active, NuStep, and walking.
  • Assist in coordinating quarterly and as needed assessments to help residents reach their fullest potential within the physical wellness program.
  • Work independently within the scope of the position.
  • Work cooperatively with contract service instructors to provide services to residents.
  • Provide and perform assessments to new residents, outside members and users of the wellness center as needed.
  • Perform all related duties as directed by the Executive Director, Support Services or management.

Physical Requirements

Sit for 2-3 hours. Stand and walk for 4-5 hours. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and push, pull 60 pounds. Frequently stoop, bend and kneel. Reach overhead, front and sides of body.

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