Therapeutic Recreationist

Geraldton District Hospital
Geraldton, ON

As a fully accredited, progressive health care organization, Geraldton District Hospital is committed to providing high quality services to residents of Greenstone and surrounding First Nations communities. With 23 acute care beds, 26 long-term care beds, a 24-hour emergency department and a heliport, Geraldton District Hospital provides an array of services, including clinical nutrition, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, outreach chemotherapy, rehabilitation, social work and telemedicine. For more information about Geraldton District Hospital, visit

Therapeutic Recreationist
Permanent Full Time

Geraldton District Hospital is seeking an enthusiastic, organized and self-motivated individual to join our Long Term Care team to coordinate the Adult Day Program and provide recreational services, which may include individual/ group treatment, diversional activity, social interaction, therapeutic adaptations, therapeutic skill development, and leisure education.

Duties Include:

  • Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate intervention plans, including client centered goals and methods to achieve stated goals, based on assessment findings and discharge plans 
  • Coordinate the recreation program for the residents of the John Owen Evans Residence and assist residents to participate in these activities 
  • Participates in the ongoing assessment of the recreational program and obtains the necessary supplies for related activities 
  • Encourages residents’ participation in daily living activities, while maintaining a physical and psychosocial environment that meets the residents’ needs. Engage with and encourage all residents to attend activities and social groups 
  • Provides the residents with additional fluids with the hydration cart and enters fluid intake into the Point Click Care POC charting system and assist with feeding of residents at meal times 
  • Facilitates Residents’ Council meetings and acts as a liaison with other departments 
  • Complete and maintain therapeutic recreation documentation 
  • Provide recreational services, which may include: individual/ group treatment, diversional activity, social interaction, therapeutic adaptations, therapeutic skill development, leisure education, and community access/ linkage and referral 
  • Assists with tours of the LTC facility for new residents or potential residents 
  • Coordinate hairdresser appointments and assist residents to in-house appointments, such as haircuts, foot care, imaging, etc. 
  • Managing of pet visitation services and maintaining record of immunizations and consents 
  • Completes RAI-MDS assessment process and care planning according to the MOHLTC timelines 
  • Deliver person-centered care including physical, cognitive, affective, social and spiritual domains during individual/ group sessions to promote and preserve abilities and self-esteem

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Diploma or Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from a recognized college or university is required 
  • Experience in Therapeutic Recreation programming as it related to programs offered in long term care settings is required 
  • Professional member in good standing with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) 
  • Current Basic Life Support Certificate 
  • Safe Food Handling Certificate 
  • Educational background related to the field of gerontology is preferred 
  • Training in Gentle Persuasive Approach, P.I.E.C.E.S and/ or Montessori is an asset 
  • Responsive behavior training is considered an asset 
  • Crisis Intervention and Prevention training an asset 
  • Current member of the CTRA- Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association is an asset 
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages is an asset 
  • Knowledge of First Nations culture and language is an asset

Geraldton District Hospital is committed to workplace diversity and provides accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.

If you interested in combining a fulfilling lifestyle with a challenging opportunity, please submit your application and resume in confidence, by email, to: