Memory Care Director - Activities, Training

Memory Care Fort Lauderdale, FL


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Montessori Moments in Time Director






Executive Director


Memory Care Director




Wellness/Memory Care







Nature & scope

The Montessori Moments in Time Director is responsible for implementation of the MMIT program, role modeling, coaching and overseeing that resident’s are guided through activities of daily living, programming and meals according to their past routines and preferences based off of their life story. Manage the care neighborhood in accordance with resident needs, government regulations, Meridian policies and procedures, and MMIT handbook that models validation, encourages independence, capitalizes on resident’s abilities and helps residents feel safe and purposeful. Maintain excellent services, high occupancy and meet Community financial goals.


Minimum eligibility requirements

  • BA/BS degree in related field preferred and/or 2-3 years of experience in a healthcare setting.
  • 2 - 3 years or more in the care of senior adults and adults with cognitive decline is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s and desire to serve residents and families of the memory care neighborhood.
  • Ability to work within an environment that supports the goals set forth in the MMIT Program.
  • Leadership skills and the ability to coordinate care across disciplines (including activities, dining services, etc.)
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with residents, families, staff, community and State officials and general public.
  • Must have compassion for and desire to work with the elderly.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work responsibly as a team member as well as an individual.
  • Must be honest, fair, dependable, respect confidentiality and the rights and privacy of others.
  • Practice and promote Meridian Policies and Procedures, Mission Statement, Core Values and Founding Principles.
  • Previous supervisory and/or management experience in a related healthcare setting.
  • Must have exceptional organizational skills and ability to re-prioritize daily tasks in order to accommodate fluctuating needs of the resident and community.
  • Must have strong documentation skills.
  • Must have experience in training and staff development.
  • Must pass criminal background check.
  • Must meet all health requirements.
  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities (essential job functions), with or without reasonable accommodation.


Essential functions

  • Train and model Montessori Moments in Time program.
  • Assure understanding of how we bring residents up the Maslow’s Hierarchy using Validation and Montessori Practices.
  • Implement the 5 directional paths.
  • Participate in marketing the memory care neighborhood to referral sources.
  • Model validation/cuing techniques while assisting/caring for residents.
  • Assure and facilitate a seven-day a week activity program based on the activity minimum standards while assuring residents are guided through ADL’s programming and meals throughout waking hours. 
  • Assist per request with resident screenings.
  • Completion of Life Stories through resident and family interview and memorable experience boards on all residents, create up to date resident interest checklist.
  • Completion with Administrator of Quarterly Progress Report
  • Facilitate Support Group Monthly
  • Participate in MMIT Workshops and MMIT Luncheon
  • Attend Monthly Support Calls
  • Participate in Sherpa duties
  • Assure engagement kits are stocked and available to staff.
  • Training of department heads and MC staff in Montessori Moments in Time program
  • Monthly ongoing MMIT training according to monthly training calendar
  • Support care staff in use of five key directional paths and using past routines when performing residents with care activities (activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting).
  • Attend and participate in all MC resident service and care plan meetings.
  • Assist with identifying and transitioning residents from Al to MC.
  • Participate in all required drills and training.
  • Ensure sound infection control practices are in place that promotes a healthy environment.
  • Ensure that resident care is provided in a safe and effective manner, while consistently maintaining resident dignity, choice, privacy and respect.
  • Operate department within established budgetary guidelines.
  • Development of monthly activity calendar and newsletter
  • Able to recognize escalating behaviors and intervene in a safe productive manner using Validation, Montessori practices and identifying through Maslow’s where resident is at on triangle when behavior occurs.
  • Assure reporting of safety issues to the medical provider and authorized responsible party as instructed by Administrator.
  • Assure all incidents or change of condition are reported to DOW timely.
  • Regularly assists with unit safety checks of the alarm systems and securing of unit doors.
  • Any other duties assigned by the Executive Director.


Planning Activities

  • Works with the Wellness Director in the development and implementation of the residents’ service and care plans based on the family interview, Life story and on-going  of resident needs.
  • Evaluate the care delivered to ensure compliance with program standards and policy and procedures.
  • Create the monthly and daily MMIT activity calendars in accordance with the minimum standards.
  • Creation of MMIT monthly newsletter
  • Coordinate dining/hydration/activities program with the Dining Services Director.
  • Planning of internal and external events to promote MMIT
  • Support relationships with Alzheimer’s Association


Joint decisions & duties between Montessori Moments in Time Director, Wellness Director and Executive Director:

  • Completion of resident assessments and development of customized service plans.
  • Compliance with all appropriate regulations.


Supervisory functions

  • Responsible for assisting the Director of Wellness in assuring care is delivered per plan of care, in a safe effective manner while assuring use of Validation and Montessori practices according to the residents past routines.
  • Responsible for timely and effective communication of all department employees including positive feedback, ongoing and annual evaluations and performance counseling including disciplinary action.
  • Interview, make hiring recommendations and orient new staff.
  • Full implementation of MMIT program
  • Communicate and enforce policies and procedures including Meridian’s policies and procedures dealing with rules of employee conduct, the employer’s safety and sanitation policies and other human resource policies, and directly address issues and effectively recommend corrective and disciplinary action to enforce such policies.
  • Evaluate performance and effectively recommend changes to terms and conditions of employment based on such evaluations.
  • Participation in daily standup meetings.


Customer service

  • Responsible for ensuring that all employees are providing excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Perform job duties for residents and with team members in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Take initiative to ensure resident safety and satisfaction is a priority.
  • Meet and greet visitors in a friendly, helpful manner (Visitors include anyone who visits the community; specifically, current residents’ families and friends, prospective residents and their families, referral sources, vendors and regulators).
  • Answer phones appropriately, according to company and community standards.
  • Communicate professionally and cooperate with supervisor and all community personnel.


Residents’ rights

  • Ensure compliance and understanding of all regulations regarding residents’ rights.



  • Attend training sessions as directed by supervisor.
  • Conduct MMIT orientation and ongoing monthly training



  • Follow & communicate Meridian policies and procedures.
  • Support FB postings with LEC and Team
  • The job description provides a framework for the job; other duties may be assigned as necessary.
  • Communicate effectively with Executive Director/management staff/co-workers/residents and family members to perform assigned duties and responsibilities.


Working conditions (travel, hours, environment)

  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is involved with resident, personnel, and visitors under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, staff and visitors.
  • Works beyond normal working hours, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
  • Is subject to callback during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.).
  • Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., through the workday, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants.
  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
  • May communicate with family members, the medical staff, nursing personnel and other department supervisors and staff.  Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.


Physical/sensory requirement

  • The person in this position often communicates with the Executive Director/management team/co-workers, residents and family members who may have inquiries about the duties of this position, and the plans, programs and events in the community. Therefore, the ability to exchange accurate information in these situations is essential.
          Medium work: ability to exert 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Experience extreme change in temperature at times and may be exposed to higher than normal temperatures while working.


OSHA category classification

II:  Potential for exposure to blood borne pathogen.


Note:  All duties and responsibilities listed are considered to be essential job functions and requirements, and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Marginal functions of the position (those that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties) have not been included.   However, the omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or logical assignment to the position.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the business and requirement of the job change.



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