Dementia Care Specialist

Organization: Dane County

Location: Madison, WI


Starting hourly salary of $25.22 with further increases to $34.30, Dane County offers a wide range of benefits including fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees.  The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and a wellness program (for further details visit Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County also provides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.

Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties

As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

DEMENTIA CARE SPECIALIST (ADRC): Works to create a dementia capable ADRC and a dementia friendly Dane County community. Provides dementia-specific consultation and technical assistance related to cognitive screening, individual and family caregiver issues, the adult protective services agency (APS), county/tribal aging offices and ADRC staff members. Provides outreach and awareness to professionals, employers, organizations and the general community about the ADRC and available dementia services. Collaborates actively and develops referral protocols with local, regional and statewide dementia organizations, the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and the statewide research centers.  Provides at least two evidence based/evidence informed interventions.

·         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.


Education, Experience & Special Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred, from an accredited college or university preferably a health or human service field.  Must have 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)

Special Requirements: Valid Wisconsin driver’s license, access to personal transportation. Lifting 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.  Maintain driver’s license, access to reliable personal transportation.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

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 in discussions about dementia and community resources; experience in program development and implementation, and creative 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; and basic computer skills, including ability to record and report program data and information.

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