Recreation Assistant (Community Alzheimer Program)

Job Number: 1169 
Job Type: Part-Time Unscheduled
Location: 247 Franklin St N - Sunnyside Home 
Number of Positions:1
Division: Community Services 
Hours of Work: No guaranteed hours, shift times will vary. 
Union:  Unifor 1106 
Grade: Unifor 1106 Grade 004 
Salary Range: $26.87 - $28.21 per hour 


Our Story:


Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 630,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation.

This is a place where employees are valued and recognized for their talents and contributions to our success. Our employees take pride in making a difference in people's lives through the work that we do. We are looking for people like you to help make it happen.

The Role

Assists Recreation Therapist to implement and monitor programming for Community Alzheimer Program participants. 


  • Provides direct care and programming for participants in the Community Alzheimer Program. Organizes and implements recreation programs designed for program participants living with dementia.
  • Monitors program participants, ensuring their safety and well-being. Works individually with participants to assist with activities and provides assistance (e.g., transferring, toileting, feeding). 
  • Promotes participation in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Documents participant observations in progress notes and at service planning meetings.
  • Keeps knowledge and skills current by participating in in-service programs, staff meetings, and seminars.
  • Monitors program supplies and purchases same, as required.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the aging process, specifically the stages, manifestations, and behaviours of dementia; as well planning and implementing activities for persons living with dementia, normally acquired through a Community College Diploma in Recreation or equivalent plus directly related experience implementing social and recreational programs. 
  • Knowledge of best practices in caring for persons living with dementia (e.g., gentle persuasive approach, U-first, Montessori).
  • Knowledge of and ability follow corporate policies, procedures, and standards.
  • A tuberculosis (TB) test and annual influenza immunization are required.
  • Human relations and communication skills to respond pleasantly and professionally to demands; communicate effectively with staff, participants, and their families; interact with and have a basic understanding of the geriatric population; and participate as an effective member of a therapeutic team.
  • Ability to write progress notes on participant behavior, per guidelines. Ability to read articles and communications to keep knowledge current.
  • Computer skills using software such as Microsoft Office, electronic health records, and the internet.
  • Must provide an acceptable Police Vulnerable Sector Check (level 3).
  • Ability to work days, evenings, weekends, and statutory holidays as part of a set schedule.
  • Ability to travel to locations within Waterloo Region.
  • Ability to support and project the Region’s values.

The Region of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process.  At the Region, we respect, encourage and celebrate our diversity.  The Region of Waterloo is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process.  If you require an accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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