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Presbyterian Homes and Services Life Enrichment Specialist in Ankeny, Iowa

Presbyterian Homes & Services - Mill Pond is seeking a Life Enrichment Assistant Specialist to join our team. The Life Enrichment Specialist is responsible for implementing and monitoring assigned life enrichment / leisure life programming for residents consistent with regulations and established policies, procedures and best practices.

SCHEDULE/HOURS: 40 hour per week. This position includes a weekend rotation and some evenings required.


The Life Enrichment Specialist reports directly to the Life Enrichment Director or other supervisor designated at the site. This person may provide guidance to volunteers, students and household staff as directed by Supervisor. The Life Enrichment Specialist will serve as a mentor and guide to household staff in the area of life enhancement activities and Life Enrichment programming.


Complete with walkways and waterfalls, Mill Pond is situated on five acres south of First Street, just off of Delaware Avenue in Ankeny. Mill Pond is ideally located with convenient access to interstate corridors, trails, abundant retail, restaurants and services. This campus is a continuum community that offers Senior Apartments, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Memory Care, and Care Center.

Reponsibilities include but are not limited to;

  • As a member of the team, actively participate in household function, and campus activities, meetings and processes. Assist fellow team members with the completion of their work when assigned or needed.

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive plan of leisure life/Life Enrichment services for residents of the household .

  • Collaborate with residents, families, other professionals and staff to implement established programs that meet the psychosocial and activities needs of residents and the Household, including creating diverse opportunities for meaningful pursuits, daily pleasures, life enrichment , exercise, friendships, social interaction, growth and learning, fun and enjoyment, personal routines, spontaneous activity and Household rituals.

  • Lead and participate in Chat Circles with residents and staff in the household daily. Assist residents with activities of their choice, group, individual or one on one. Provide for resident leisure life activities. Take residents outdoors, or out in the facility community. Plan and implement and participate in outings and special events.

  • Perform miscellaneous tasks as needed for residents such as shopping, running errands, assisting with correspondence, reading/writing letters etc.

  • Provide consultation, evaluation, and assessment of residents as needed. Implement treatment plans. Participate in patient/resident care planning with the team and other health care providers. Provide resident, family and staff education/consultation. Communicate resident leisure status and needs to the resident, their family, staff and other professionals (i.e. care conferences).

  • Participate in discharge planning processes. Maintain records by practice standards, third party payers and regulatory agencies. Complete necessary portions of MDS/QMDS/care plans as required.

  • Attend IDT meetings and provide accurate and timely information. Attend care conferences and family conferences according to preapproved timelines and frequency to ensure excellent communication and care coordination for life enrichment services.

Is a qualified therapeutic Life Enrichment specialist or an activities professional with:

  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Life Enrichment, Occupational Therapist, COTA or related field. Specialized training or experience in geriatric activities, social work or gerontology is desirable. Is licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing.

  • Two (2) years of experience in a social or Life Enrichment program within the last five (5) years, one (1) of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting.

  • Class B license or ability to obtain within six months of hire as required by site.

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, leadership skills, interpersonal relationship skills and knowledge of federal and state regulations governing activities practice and leadership.

  • Strong assessment skills, including good insights into resident preferences and needs. Demonstrated strong communication and relationship building skills with residents, and ability to explain resident needs to others as needed for resident advocacy.

  • Demonstrated compatibility with PHS's mission and operating philosophies.

  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language to communicate with all customers.

Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a non-profit, faith-based organization providing a broad array of high quality housing choices, care and service options for older adults. Over 7,000 employees serve 27,000 older adults through 50 PHS-affiliated senior living communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, and through Optage® home and community services. PHS is also co-owner of Genevive, a progressive model of primary care, care navigation and value-based services for over 5,300 older adults in Minnesota. Established in 1955, PHS has earned the reputation as an innovative leader concerned with promoting independence, vitality and well-being for those they serve.

We believe employees are the most important resource in our ministry and we are committed to an environment where employees are valued and empowered to make a difference. With a strong commitment to grow our employees from within, the development opportunities with us are virtually unlimited. We offer competitive wages, opportunities for advancement, ongoing training, and incredible benefits like education assistance and nursing loan forgiveness.

If you have a desire to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults, consider answering the call and join our team.

PHS is an EEO/AA employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

ID: 2021-17285

External Company Name: Presbyterian Homes & Services

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Street: 1201 Southeast Mill Pond Court