An activity aide usually works at a nursing facility coordinating daily activities. The clients may have special needs, so it is important to be nurturing and understanding. The activity aide may have to determine patient needs and desires in order to assign them to various activities. Some examples of activities include social hours, field trips, exercise, sports, and arts and crafts. The activity aide should aim to maintain and develop the physical, mental, and social needs of clients.
The activity aide may have to work with outside parties in order to obtain instructors for the classes. The activity aide may also be in charge of developing lesson plans for some activities. Some classes may also be taught by the activity aide. When there are changes in patient status, the aide should make changes to the activities as necessary. The aide should interview various clients and take their suggestions as to what new activities they would like to see. It is important to periodically sit in for classes in order to determine their effectiveness and decide what changes need to be made. The aide should make sure that a sufficient number of assistants are present in the class in order for it to function properly. It is important that all of the classes adhere to company policies and laws of the land.
The activity aide may work on a team or under an activity director. Usually, a minimum of a high school diploma is needed. Some positions may require a certified nursing aid.
Activity Aide Tasks
Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
Encourage patients to develop leisure activities.
Assist patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
Participate in therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.