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 Valley Packaging Inc. in contract with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).
- Bachelor’s degree required; 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, working with family caregivers, and developing collaborative relationships with community organizations and health care professionals
- Competence in public speaking and engaging community members and professionals
- Experience in program development, implementation, and creation of reports
- The ability to provide culturally competent services and supports
- The ability to function independently and be resourceful in the roles undertaken
- The ability to adjust work hours to meet with program participants and to provide Community and employer outreach and educational programs.
- Basic computer skills, including ability to record and report program data and information
- A valid Wisconsin driver’s license and the ability to travel for community events and to make home visits is required
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 $28,000-32,000/year
Part Time including Vacation and Sick Time
Valley Packaging Industries (VPI) is a community rehabilitation center that provides a variety of human services and vocational skills training to Fox Valley residents and manufacturing-related business services to private industry. Valley Packaging is the result of a partnership created more than 60 years ago with parents of people with disabilities, local manufacturers, and human service providers. By consistently meeting clients’ and customers’ needs, Valley Packaging has grown into the successful service organization it is today with: over 800,000 sq. ft. of customizable production space, large isolated packaging areas, capacity available for growth, high-speed equipment, and a uniquely blended workforce that integrates hundreds of individuals with disabilities with technically trained production workers.
ABOUT AGING & DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER (ADRC):
The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) serving Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca Counties 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.