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Become An Activity Assistant

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Working As An Activity Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $23,320

    Average Salary

What Does An Activity Assistant Do At Harmony Healthcare

* Ability to lead programs and to encourage resident participation in our dementia specific activity program.
* Implement person-centered plan of care to engage residents in recreational/leisure activities that are meaningful for residents with cognitive impairments.
* Observe resident participation, mood, behavior, assistance level, and document information in computer system.
* Manage daily time/schedule so that activity documentation is completed.
* Set up the physical environment for activities.
* Assist with Special Events, theme days, outings and facility celebrations.
* Able to work with residents, families, other department team members, and the public in a friendly and professional manner.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does An Activity Assistant Do At Rochester Regional Health

* Program Planning.
* Implement planned programs for residents in enriched living and independent living communities; meet with Activities Coordinators to assist with programming; aid in set-up and clean-up for special events
* Supply Management.
* Gather supplies and programs for independent and enriched living; prepare necessary materials for activities such as crafts, ceramics, etc.
* Patient Care.
* Drive patients to outings; responsible for the safety and security of residents during programs
* Rochester Regional Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

What Does An Activity Assistant Do At New Perspective Senior Living

* Executes daily, weekly, monthly tasks lists
* Assists with the creation and execution for the calendar and the personal schedules for the assigned neighborhood
* Ensures an abundant amount of supplies and working technology is available to the residents
* Continually invites, encourage and assists the residents in all activities
* Communicates and interacts with residents, families and team members in a kind, respectful and effective way.
* Champions hospitality and delivers excellent customer service to residents, families, visitors, and vendors
* Know your residents! Memorize social histories to engage with residents.
* Attends and participates in team meetings, including New Perspective Town Hall and monthly LEC meetings.
* Satisfies education needs through online learning tools and other resources.
* Ensures that an attractive home environment exists at all times in Vivid Living with a milieu that fosters engagement, socialization and purposeful living

What Does An Activity Assistant Do At Sunrise Senior Living

* Evaluates resident's interest and involvement in Life Skill
* Develops Life Skills tailored to each resident's unique needs and abilities
* Engages residents in Life Skills throughout the day and evening
* Assist in maintaining an inventory of Life Skills programming supplies
* As applicable, assist residents with daily care of any animals and/or plants as part of the Life Skills program and services.
* Must be willing to work every other weekend
* Drive residents on a scenic ride

What Does An Activity Assistant Do At Gap Inc.

* Execute seasonal strategies for category/class that meet or exceed the Division and Business Unit's financial goals.
* Review monthly open-to-buy for category/class; provide accurate monthly/seasonal receipt flow information; execute to the sales margin and promotional markdown cadence.
* Provide information to develop key concepts, key items, promotional strategies and assortments that are commercially viable and provide exciting store experiences.
* Understand product trends, historical data and departmental input at category/class level in order to manage in-season opportunities or risks.
* Understand competitive environment; proactively see market knowledge through exposure to competitive retail outlets.
* Influence others to achieve results.
* Develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of cross-functional teams (Design, Production, Planning, Distribution

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How To Become An Activity Assistant

Education and training requirements for recreation workers vary with the type of job, but workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent and receive on-the-job training.

Education and Training

Recreation workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many receive on-the-job training that typically lasts less than a month.

Entry-level educational requirements vary with the type of position. For example, an activity leader position working with the elderly will have different requirements than a position as a summer camp counselor working with children.

Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree or college coursework. In 2014, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), accredited 80 bachelor’s degree programs in recreation or leisure studies. A bachelor’s degree in other subjects, such as liberal arts or public administration, may also qualify applicants for some positions.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Recreation workers must be able to communicate well. They often work with large groups of people and need to give clear instructions, motivate participants, and maintain order and safety.

Flexibility. Recreation workers must be flexible when planning activities. They must be able to adapt plans to suit changing environmental conditions and participants’ needs.

Leadership skills. Recreation workers should be able to lead both large and small groups. They often lead activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Physical strength. Recreation workers need to be physically fit. Their job may require a considerable amount of movement because they often demonstrate activities while explaining them.

Problem-solving skills. Recreation workers need strong problem-solving skills. They must be able to create and reinvent activities and programs for all types of participants.

For recreation workers who generally work part time, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, certain qualities may be more important than education. These qualities include a worker’s experience leading activities, the ability to work well with children or the elderly, and the ability to ensure the safety of participants.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The NRPA offers four certifications for recreation workers:

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

Applicants may qualify for certification with different combinations of education and work experience. They also must take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Camp Association offers four certificates for various levels of camp staff, from Entry-Level Staff Certificate to Camp Director Certificate. Individuals who complete online courses may show their advanced level of knowledge of core competencies.

Some recreation jobs require other kinds of certification. For example, a lifesaving certificate is often required for teaching or coaching water-related activities. These certifications are available from organizations such as the YMCA or the American Red Cross. Specific requirements vary by job and employer.


As workers gain experience, they may be promoted to positions with greater responsibilities. Recreation workers with experience and managerial skills may advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Eventually, they may become directors of a recreation department or may start their own recreation company.

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Activity Assistant Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Filipino

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Hmong

  • Swahili

  • Gujarati

  • Khmer

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Top Skills for An Activity Assistant


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Top Activity Assistant Skills

  1. Daily Activities
  2. Dementia Residents
  3. Alzheimer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plan, coordinate and perform daily activities.
  • Specialized in working with Alzheimer's/Dementia residents.
  • Created and performed mental and physical exercises with the Alzheimer's and Dementia patients.
  • Transport residents to and from activity programs; including bingo, worship services and arts and crafts.
  • Assisted Activity Director in preparing activities for the residents.

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