DEMENTIA CARE SPECIALIST

  • Burnett Application
  • Location:              Counties of Burnett, Douglas, and Polk – Includes Remote Work Environment
  • Status:                 Full-Time – Non-Exempt – 37.5 Hours/Week
  • Hourly Wage:        $23.79 – $25.07 DOQ  –  Plus excellent fringe benefits.

Summary:

Under general direction of the Aging Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC) Supervisor, the purpose of the Dementia Care Specialist position is to support people with dementia and their caregivers in order to ensure the highest quality of life possible while living at home. The Dementia Care Specialist does this by providing information and assistance to adults with memory or cognitive concerns, or who have been given a dementia diagnosis; providing information and support to family members and friends who are caregivers; helping develop dementia-friendly communities where people with dementia can remain active and safe, and caregivers can feel supported; as well as training other staff at the ADRCs and other county and municipal offices to be dementia-capable. Supervision is received from the ADRC Supervisor, but many aspects of the duties require independent judgment and discretion. This position works with Burnett, Douglas and Polk Counties.

 

Essential Functions of the Position:

    The following duties are illustrative and the person holding this position may be required to perform other duties of a similar nature or otherwise related to the position.

 

• Develop referral relationships with physicians, dementia diagnostic clinics and other health and long term care providers.

• Provide dementia-specific consultation and technical assistance related to cognitive screening and individual and family caregiver issues to adult protective services agencies (APS), crisis response systems, county/tribal aging offices, ADRC staff members, and other agencies, as requested.

• Provide at least two approved evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions, one specifically designed for family caregivers, as part of ongoing activities. Maintain fidelity to the intervention model and accommodate families’ schedules for meetings (e.g., evenings and weekends, when necessary).

• Provide volunteer training and guidance to expand the reach of the goals of the Dementia Care Specialist Program.

• Collaborate actively 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 and provide 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.

• Offer and provide short-term service coordination for individuals with dementia and/or their caregivers. Coordinate with other ADRC, 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 and sustain dementia-friendly communities in the ADRC service area.

• Provide outreach and awareness to professionals, employers, organizations, and the general community about the ADRC and 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 other ADRCs, 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 program evaluation.

 

Qualification Requirements:

• A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is required, preferably in the health or human services related field; a master’s degree is 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).*

• Currently certified as a Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin, or ability to be certified within two years of hiring.

• Expertise and knowledge regarding older adults, dementia, dementia care and support, family and informal caregiver needs, and challenging behaviors.

• Skills and experience in facilitating small group learning and discussion programs.

• Experience with family caregivers of people with dementia and family dynamics.

• Experience in developing collaborative relationships, preferably 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.

* ADRCs must request any waiver of education and experience requirements for candidates considered to have achieved equivalent qualifications via alternative means before the candidate is hired. Approval of waiver requests is at the discretion of the State Aging and Disability Resource Center Office

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