Ruth was 86, and experiencing the early stages of dementia. Because she had decided that the world was a rotten place, her daughter had a hard time finding any activities to please her. No surprise that she came to Petaluma People Services Center’s Senior Adult Day & Respite quite reluctantly.
Shortly after arriving at Adult Day we discovered that Ruth enjoyed music. Initially, during any performance by our volunteer musicians, she began tapping her toes which soon led to singing along and dancing to familiar tunes. It didn’t take long for her to make friends, and she began saving a seat for her favorites to chat with them about her dogs and growing up in New York. She became an important member of the writing group, and joined in the bowling fun. Every time she made a strike, she happily claimed, “I’ve never done this before!”
It turned out that Ruth could also read Hebrew, and she took great pride in reading aloud during Hanukah before turning on the candle lights.
When Ruth and her family moved to another city, she expressed that she was looking forward to meeting new people – something she feared before coming to Senior Day.
We miss her wit and her warm smile, and are happy to know her experience with us was so very enriching, for her and her family.
If this story touches your heart then we may have a job for you. We have an open position in our Adult Day & Respite Program Coordinator
Coordinates Adult Day & Respite program activities and program site operation.
General list of duties include but not limited to:
- Works under the direct supervision of the Director of Senior Services
- Plans and supervises activity program for client/group
- Creates and maintains client files and care plans
- Manages all required documentation and records
- Follows regulations and procedures as required by the State of California – Health & Human Services Agency, Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing; as well as all required safe food handling procedures.
- Supervises/Manages support staff, volunteers and interns
- Works closely with Case Manager
- Observes all health and safety practices.
Minimum Education and/or Experience requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree or associate degree/certification in related field with four years of related experience
- Experience with older adult population
- Ability to work with a variety of individuals on a team
- Creativity, humor and patience will be essential
Part time, 20 hours per week, three days a week (Mon., Wed. and Fri.)
Vacation, Holiday and Sick time benefits
Criminal and background screening clearance is required for this position.
PPSC is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization. We will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, physical disabilities or medical condition (i.e., AIDS or ARC-related or cancer) or any other category protected by Federal or State law in hiring, promoting, demoting, training, benefits, transfers, layoffs, terminations, recommendations, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. Opportunity is provided to all employees based on qualifications and job requirements.