Careers at Highland Farms

More Than A Job: A Calling

Givens Highland Farms offers a wide variety of professional and career opportunities. As a Givens Highland Farms employee, you will work in a retirement community setting where your work makes a difference to both staff and residents. You will be an integral part of the 200-plus personnel who provide skills, services and care to appreciative residents.

We accept applications or resumes by email for most positions. To inquire about applying for an open position, email or call our Human Resources Department at or call (828) 357-2005.


Posted on 1/10/2014

Assists professional nursing staff by performing routine duties in caring for residents such as: assisting residents to dining rooms; feeding or assisting with feeding at mealtimes; understanding and carrying out rehabilitative nursing assignments; assisting with bathing; ensuring that mouth care is performed at least once per shift; assisting semi-ambulatory residents to bathrooms; waking residents and performing morning care or providing evening care and preparing residents for sleep, etc. Completion of Nursing Assistant Training Course from an approved program is required.  A minimum of one year experience as a CNA is preferred. Shifts available include 3-11 and 11-7.


Posted on 1/10/2014

Assists Home Care Nursing Staff by performing routine duties in caring for residents in their on-campus homes such as: assisting with bathing; providing morning care or evening care; assisting residents with medications; other services as contracted with residents. Completion of Nursing Assistant Training Course and Medication Technician Training Course from an approved program is required.  A minimum of one year experience as a CNA is preferred.

Recreational Therapist

Posted on 3/31/2014

Givens Highland Farms has an excellent opportunity for a full-time Recreational Therapist, to work with senior adults in our Healthcare Center.Givens Highland Farms is a non-profit CCRC nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We are searching for a dynamic individual with experience in program development and working with senior adults to enhance our current activities program.

Purpose of Your Job Position

The primary purpose of your position is to plan and develop a diversified monthly calendar of recreation therapy that respond to residents' spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, vocational and physical needs with resident input and input from their families. The primary function of this position is to meet the wellness needs of residents identified during the assessment process. Incumbent will develop leisure/social/psychosocial assessment for each resident and plan of care based on individual history and specific needs, utilizing resident, family members, and friends for necessary information.Will insure the highest degree of quality care can be provided to our residents at all times.

Delegation of Authority

As the Recreation Therapy Director for Givens Highland Farms Health Center, you are responsible and accountable to the Health Care Administrator.You will work in collaboration with other departmental managers.In addition, you will work in collaboration with the programming staff campus wide to meet facility wide programming objectives.

Job Functions

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.

Duties and Responsibilities

Basic Responsibilities

  • Implement and evaluate planned recreational therapy, both on group levels and in one-to-one settings.
  • Share Plans of Care and get input from residents and/or their designated others.
  • Coordinate program schedules with Recreational Therapy Assistants
  • Develop, update, and implement policies and procedures that relate to the Recreational Therapy Department.
  • Work with volunteer recruitment, assimilation, training, etc., as needed.
  • Drive facility vehicle(s) as directed by supervisor.Assist and coordinate transportation needs of residents for outings.
  • Advocate for and uphold Residents' Rights.
  • Adhere to Universal Precautions protocol.Follow all facility policies and procedures regarding employee and resident health and safety.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain an ongoing quality assurance program for the Recreational Therapy Department.
  • Maintain Givens Highland Farms Health Center Recreational Therapy Department inventory of supplies and equipment, and order as necessary.
  • Perform other duties that may be delegated or assigned by the Administrator.
  • Provide documentation including Initial Activity Assessments, Quarterly and Annual Activity Progress Notes, MDS's, RAP's, Discharge Summaries, Care Plans, etc.
  • Actively participate and accepts personal responsibility to ensure the success of the Corporate Compliance Program.
  • By virtue of working at Givens Highland Farms, you may have access to confidential, proprietary business or other information concerning residents of Givens Highland Farms and its operations.Employees with access to such confidential, proprietary business information are expected to maintain the confidentiality of such information in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

    Committee Functions

  • Participate in Care Planning Team meetings for Givens Highland Farms Health Care residents.
  • Participate in Recreation Therapy Team meetings and other facility ad hoc committees as requested.
  • Participate in QA/QI/Safety/Budget meetings
  • Provide input into budget development.

    Staff Development

  • Completion of annual continuing education modules to adhere to the State and Federal regulations that govern employment.

    Safety and Sanitation

  • Ensure that established safety regulations are followed, to include fire protection/prevention, smoking regulations, infection control, etc.
  • Ensure that established regulations are followed governing the use of labels and MSDS's for hazardous chemicals.
  • Ensure that facility procedure manuals identify safety precautions and equipment to use when performing tasks that could cause bodily injury.Ensure that established ergonomic policies and procedures are followed (e.g., a back brace and/or a mechanical lifter are used when lifting or moving heavy objects).
  • Ensure that tasks that involve potential exposure to blood, body fluids, or hazardous chemicals are completed following approved guidelines in accordance with Blood Borne Pathogen training.
  • Other(s) that may become necessary/appropriate to assure that the facility is maintained in a clean safe and sanitary manner.

    Budget and Planning Functions

  • Informs Health Care Administrator of budget needs for recreation therapy.

    Residents Rights

  • Ensure that the resident's rights to fair and equitable treatment, self-determination, individuality, privacy, property and civil rights, including the right to wage complaints, are well established and maintained at all times.
  • Approaches interpersonal relationships in a manner which avoids antagonism, reduces conflict and prevents undue anxiety for residents.
  • Establishes good rapport and provides direction to residents, families, and visitors.
  • Maintains good working relationships with co-workers, supervisory staff, and other departments.
  • Functions and responds in a friendly and cooperative manner.
  • In a crisis/stressful situation functions as a team member in a calm and reassuring manner.
  • Cooperates with staffing adjustments in the interest of resident care.
  • Communicates pertinent information regarding residents and relaying of information in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all resident information following HIPAA requirements.


  • Ensure that all residents receive care in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances their quality of life without abridging the safety and rights of other residents.
  • Works in office areas as well as throughout the facility and its premises.
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is involved with residents, family members, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Communicates with the medical staff, nursing service, and other department supervisors.
  • Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends, and in other positions, temporarily, when necessary.
  • Maintains a liaison with other department managers to adequately plan for resident recreational therapy.

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation with CTRS Certification.
  • Preferred 2-4 years working experience with older adult population
  • Must have ability to easily and readily communicate with residents, families, and staff in primary English language.
  • Must be able to utilize good time-management skills to meet programming, implementation, and counseling needs of residents.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.Creativity is an asset.
  • Must have valid NC Driver License with clear driving record for use of facility vehicles, including the 15 passenger wheelchair accessible bus.


  • Experience with older adults, required.

Specific Requirements

  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must possess the ability to communicate with residents both verbal and written as many are sight and hearing impaired.
  • Must possess a valid North Carolina driver's license for use of facility vehicles, and be able to drive for the facility as directed by supervising staff.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public.
  • Must possess the ability to work harmoniously with other personnel.
  • Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., that are necessary for providing quality care and maintaining a sound operation.
  • Must have patience, tact, cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as must be willing to handle residents, staff, and visitors, based on whatever maturity level at which they are currently functioning.
  • Must possess the ability to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices.
  • Must be able to maintain good personnel relations and employee morale.
  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

    Physical and Sensory Requirements

    (With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)

  • The ability to push and pull with horizontal force up to 40 lbs. is required.Lifting of 25 lbs. or less on a frequent basis is also required.
  • Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of the position can be fully met.
  • Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.
  • Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility.Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility.
  • Must be able to assist residents in ambulation, push and lift equipment, lead exercise programs, etc.
  • Must be able to push, pull, move, and/or lift a minimum of 50 pounds to a minimum height of 3 feet and able to push, pull, move, and/or carry such weight a minimum distance of 10 feet.
  • Must be able to use bilateral upper extremities on a constant basis.
  • Must be able to sit approximately 20% of time and to stand approximately 80% of the time.
  • Must be able to use a gait belt while assisting residents with ambulation and transferring in accordance with policies set forth by Givens Highland Farms.
  • May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.
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