JOB SUMMARY:

The Dementia Care Specialist  assists individuals and families living with dementia, memory loss or cognitive changes to continue to be active and independent. The employer is VPI in contract with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

ABOUT YOU:

  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in health or human services; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least one year of full-time paid experience working directly with multiple people with dementia and family/informal caregivers (e.g., providing direct care, caregiver support, support group facilitation, residential care management, home care)
  • Experience in facilitating small group learning and discussion programs
  • Knowledge of program development, implementation, and creation of reports
  • Skillful in working with family caregivers and developing collaborative relationships with community organizations and health care professionals
  • Capable of adjusting work hours to meet with program participants and to provide community and employer outreach and educational programs
  • Competence in public speaking and engaging community members and professionals
  • Able to function independently and be resourceful in the roles undertaken
  • Must have basic computer skills, including ability to record and report program data and information
  • A valid Wisconsin driver’s license, reliable vehicle and insurance is required and must have the ability to travel for community events and to make home visits

A DAY IN THE LIFE AS A DEMENTIA CARE SPECIALIST AT THE ADRC:

  • Develop referral relationships with physicians, dementia diagnostic clinics and other health and long term care providers
  • Maintain fidelity to the intervention model
  • Provide consultation to adult protective services (APS), crisis response systems, county/tribal aging offices, and other agencies related to cognitive screening and individual and family caregiver issues
  • Complete at least two approved evidence-based interventions, one specifically designed for family caregivers, as part of ongoing activities
  • Accommodate families’ schedules for meetings (e.g., evenings and weekends, when necessary)
  • Collaborate and develop referral protocols with local, regional, and statewide dementia organizations including: the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, the Alzheimer’s Association chapters, and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Offer person-centered support when memory screens are positive to assure opportunities for follow-up with primary care provider are available in accordance with the individual’s preferences
  • Coordinate with county/tribal aging unit(s), APS and other county staff members and be available for joint or independent home visits
  • Serve as a catalyst for developing and implementing strategies to create dementia-friendly communities in the service area
  • Make available volunteer training and guidance to expand the reach of the goals of the Dementia Care Specialist Program
  • Provide outreach and awareness to professionals, employers, organizations, and the general community about available dementia services
  • Maintain current knowledge of dementia, research findings, new evidence-based interventions, and other innovations for people living in the community
  • Participate actively in DCS statewide and regional meetings, training programs, and conference calls. Assist colleagues by sharing experiences. Mentor new DCS staff and provide materials and products to others, as requested. Provide conference workshops as requested and appropriate to increase the awareness of dementia and services available
  • Complete 100% time reporting, collect and report program data, and contribute to DCS

Base salary $56,000-64,000/year including full benefit package

ABOUT AGING & DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER (ADRC):

The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) offers adults, families, professionals and the community a no cost, single point of contact for unbiased information; assistance/referral; options, benefit and long term care enrollment counseling; short term case management; Older Americans Act Services; plus health promotion programs.