Social Care Leader

Job Overview

Position: Social Care Leader (SCL) / Activity Coordinator
Location: Co. Kildare / West Dublin
Type of role: full time (32-39h/week)
Sector: Care of the elderly
Reports to: Home Manager

I am delighted to assist my client who specialises in care of the older persons, to recruit for SCL - Social Care Leader. The role will include working with residents with complex needs (may include mental health
issues, behaviours that challenge and more specifically residents living with dementia).

The SCL will be responsible for initiating and conducting Life Biographies of our residents and will therefore need to have a genuine interest in the older person and a willingness to enter their reality. You will be confident and willing to think outside the box. You will need to work with the team within the nursing home to identify the staging process each individual resident is experiencing so that they can have the
appropriate and sufficient care for that stage. You will be a natural leader with a willingness to motivate others in driving our new social care and person centred culture.

Working Hours: 32-39 hours per week including weekends with flexibility around starting/finishing times. Hours of work will be determined based on the specific needs of the resident facilitating there choice and social needs.

Key relationships: Internal: All staff & Residents
External: Families, Employers, Training Bodies, Clinical Support Services


Main responsibilities:

* Plan, implement and lead a varied diary of indoor and outdoor activity opportunities suitable to the individual needs of residents taking into account peoples'cognitive abilities.
* Provide social and recreational programmes to meet physical, psychological, spiritual and creative needs of each person through an individualised person centred activity programme.
* Support and empower residents for effective participation in the person centred process.
* Ensuring that each resident is supported and empowered to identify and make his/her personal choices and needs known.
* Consider all parts of the day and night in terms of ways in which residents could be meaning fully occupied including involvement in daily living tasks, evening, weekend and other social gatherings
* Work with residents on a daily basis to build meaningful and supportive connections with their families, friends and staff through a range of interests, activities and community activities.
* Play an active role in development of a stimulating environment in keeping with a person centred approach. This will include developing a wide range of resources (books, magazines, objects, sensory items) to look at and pickup through out the building.

Requirements / Profile:

* Fun loving playful individual with real personality and an ability to think outside the box. (Wear your heart on your sleeve)
* Set realistic targets and goals for individual and group activities. Design specific occupational/activity initiatives for people living with dementia, which focus on strengths so that their full ability is realised.
* Maintain positive attitudes and form interpersonal relationships with families and relatives encouraging participation and involvement in the resident's day to day activities.
* Establish and maintain effective working relationships and foster co-operation and teamwork. Work with all company staff to ensure their alignment to the values and vision of nursing home and person centredness is translated to and evident in their behaviours and practices.
* Support other staff to develop and realise their capacity to be effective in supporting and providing meaningful life outcomes and occupation.
* Foster positive attitudes and form interpersonal relationships that reflect respect, courtesy and concern for all residents in our care.
* Organise residents to be accompanied for scheduled activities away from the facility grounds as needed.
* Develop links with local community, community groups and clubs.
* Liaise with nursing management and care staff in planning and organising activities.
* Provide a monthly work plan and a report to the Home Manager for the previous months activities/outings identifying the need areas, gaps and/or deficits in the types of meaningful occupation being organised/provided.
* Complete an annual report at the end of each calendar year.
* Monitor and audit the standard of activities being provided (including doing formal observations and requesting feedback) and use data to improve and develop the service ensuring that it is in keeping with HIQA standards.

* Full job spec available on request

To apply for this role, please submit your CV (in Word) through this website in the strictest of confidence. Or contact Renata Ryan on 0860239020 to discuss further.



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