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Recreation Therapist

This position is located within the Rehabilitative Therapists Team at the Bedford VA Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts.
As a Recreation Therapist you will be responsible for planning and coordinating Recreation Therapy programs for Veterans residing on specific units within the medical center.
You will coordinate programs with a variety of staff, service organizations and community groups.
The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Uses effective interviewing techniques to obtain objective and factual information pertaining to the Veteran's interests and aptitudes;Uses therapeutic forms of encouragement as well as discipline or correction when necessary;Develops treatment plans using individual assessments and physician therapy orders;Plans various activities directed towards achieving such therapeutic objectives as diminishing emotional stress, providing a sense of achievement, channeling energies and interests, aiding rehabilitation, etc.
;Incorporates graduated treatment activities into the plan to support patient achievement of goals;Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team to establish new programs, make recommendations regarding treatment objectives and modify treatment programs;Administers therapeutic activities that strengthen debilitated muscles resulting from such conditions as advanced age, prolonged bed rest, amputation, stroke, fractures, wound care, joint replacement, etc.
; andReviews progress, introduces new or more challenging activities or adjusts activities to a lesser challenge as individual needs indicate.
Work Schedule:
Full-Time, 8:
00a-4:
30p Sun-Sat (Off on Tue/Wed)

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