Job ID: 290154074  |  Last Updated: 6/30/2023

Therapy Aide (Recreational)

Orange, CA
Applicant Contact
Jeffrey Lum
HR Manager (Recruitment)
Accepts J-1 Visas

Job Description

Therapy Aide (Recreational)

Job Description

Department(s): Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Reports to: Supervisor Day Center (PACE)
FLSA status: Non-Exempt
Salary Grade: E - $48,000 - $72,292

About CalOptima Health

CalOptima Health is the single largest health plan in Orange County, serving 880,000 members, or one in four residents. Our motto "Better. Together. is at the heart of our mission to serve members with excellence, dignity and respect. We are a public agency made up of compassionate leaders and professionals working together to strengthen our community's health. If you're looking for an opportunity to work for an organization dedicated to improving local health care and serving the needs of the most vulnerable, we encourage you to join CalOptima Health.

About the Position

Under the direct supervision of the Supervisor Day Center (PACE) and working under the guidance of the Activity Coordinator, the Therapy Aide (Recreational) will provide therapeutic and recreational support services to CalOptima Health's PACE participants in the day health center. In addition, the incumbent will perform other activities and tasks as assigned.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Participates in a mission-driven culture of high-quality performance, with a member focus on customer service, consistency, dignity and accountability.
Assists the team in carrying out department responsibilities and collaborates with others to support short- and long-term goals/priorities for the department.
Assists in the coordination of the day center's social programming and activities; communicates current events and PACE organizational issues to participants in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
Facilitates recreational programming in accordance with individual treatment plans and participates in social and recreational activities with participants.
Supports with coordinating and facilitating participant outings, special events and activity ideas and collaborates with other departments.
Supports supervision of the participant's level of engagement and involvement and provides feedback to the Activity Coordinator; documents activity services provided (e.g., charge tickets).
Reports observed changes in the participant's conditions to the Supervisor Day Center (PACE) and other Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) members as appropriate.
Maintains and ensures activity supplies are consistently available for participant use.
Demonstrates safe practices with participants utilizing proper body mechanics as needed and complies with universal precautions.
Assists with care plan assessments as needed.
Completes other projects and duties as assigned.

Experience & Education:

High School diploma or equivalent required.
1 year of experience with the frail or elderly population within the last 3 years required, preferably in a social or recreational program setting.
1 year of experience with people with dementia required.
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position such as those listed above is also qualifying.
CPR and First-Aid Certification required or must be obtained within six (6) months of date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in recreational therapy or related field.
Bilingual in English and in one of CalOptima Health's defined threshold languages (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese).

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demand

Infrequent 0-9%

Occasional 10-33%

Frequent 34-65%

Continuous 66% + of day

Description of physical demand

Move/Transport/ Position


Assists/supports participants for up to 75 lb. & for ambulation up to 200 feet at a time.

Position/Install/ Remove


Reaches toward &/or over participants to assist them & moves &/or picks up items (e.g., buckling in participants, setting up a walker, caring for other needs of participants, etc.)



Moves throughout the PACE Center & tends to participant needs.

Positions Self


Positions self to help with participant activities.







Detect/Determine/ Identify/Recognize/Observe/Inspect/ Assess


Monitors & reports on participant's functions & changes in condition.



Communicates with participants, families & staff about participant's condition & needs. Must be able to exchange accurate information regarding participant care.

Work environment: Employee must be able to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team model, interfacing and collaborating with a wide range of clinical and social services disciplines who work together to manage PACE participant care. The work setting is an adult day health center and includes a primary care clinic environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperatures.

About our Benefits & Wellness options:

At CalOptima Health, we know that a healthy and happy workforce is a thriving workforce, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package, including participation in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), low-cost medical/vision/dental insurance options, and paid time off. To support quality work-life balance, we allow flexible scheduling during core business hours, telework options for some positions, work schedules that allow every other Friday off (9/80 schedule), and a wellness program featuring diverse activities. Additionally, CalOptima Health contributes 4% of pensionable earnings to a 401(a) retirement program with no required employee contribution. Employees also have access to 457(b) retirement plans with pre/post-tax contribution options.

CalOptima is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions on the basis of merit. CalOptima wants to have qualified employees in every job position. CalOptima prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee, or applicant for employment, based on race, religion/religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, sex stereotype, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transitioning status, age, sexual orientation, immigration status, military status as a disabled veteran, or veteran of the Vietnam era, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. CalOptima also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has, or is perceived as having, any of those characteristics.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of your disability.

Job Location: Orange, California

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