SUMMARY: The Caregiver Specialist links the older person, caregiver(s) of the older person, grandparents raising grandchildren, social services staff and community members with training and educational opportunities, emotional, financial and social service resources to support the family caregivers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides outreach to businesses, religious and community organizations, libraries, schools, and other appropriate areas in the community.
Assures that information is available on agency’s web page and advertises e-mail address so potential clients can receive information.
Serves as agency’s resource on caregiver issues and services, will ensure that all case managers use standardized assessment tools.
Assists care coordinators with respite and caregiver issues.
Attends quarterly meetings called by AgeOptions.
Facilitates and cultivates relationships with respite providers for inclusion in AgeOptions respite registry.
Provides case management services to caregivers in the office and in the participants’ homes (residences in elevator and non-elevator buildings).
Completes an assessment of each caregiver participant and develops a care plan utilizing required forms.
Implements and monitors care plans, coordinating community resources with other supportive services.
Participates in weekly supervision with Clinical Supervisor.
Completes statistical data and all required paperwork in a timely manner.
Submits required reports to AgeOptions.
Facilitates support groups and educational events.
Works with Volunteer Services Coordinator to recruit volunteers for caregiver activities, which may include respite, mentoring, friendly visiting and transportation.
Attends staff meetings.
Completes a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education each year.
Maintains required certifications.
Performs other duties as may be assigned.
Master’s Degree (MA, MSW) in social work, counseling or a related social services field
Two years’ experience in providing social services for older adults
Computer skills required: Microsoft Office Suite; ability to learn internal proprietary database
Sensitivity to cultural diversity
Current driver’s license and access to a vehicle
Available to occasionally work evenings and weekends to meet caregiver needs
Other skills/certifications preferred:
Knowledge of dementia
Group facilitation experience
Current CPR/AED and First Aid Certification
Additional Salary Information: Group medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance. Eligible to participate in 401(k) Program. Generous PTO and Sick time. Ten paid holidays per calendar year.
About North Shore Senior Center
As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, our highest priority is you. Our work is driven by our love of serving seniors and not by monetary profit.
Since our founding in 1956, North Shore Senior Center has partnered with older adults to redefine the process of aging. We imagined a social community for seniors -- one defined by friendships, volunteerism, clubs and new experiences. We didn't know what it would look like, but we knew that creativity, enthusiasm and knowledge would be its foundation.
Today, thanks to the collective efforts of our members, staff, volunteers and friends, the North Shore Senior Center community we imagined is a reality. Whether you visit us to take a class, enjoy a concert, or exercise in our Fitness Center, you can experience its benefits.
We also imagined that our community could extend beyond the walls of our brick-and-mortar buildings. It was important that older adults who were isolated due to physical, emotional or financial issues could participate as well. It was equally important that North Shore Senior Center could help those who needed assistance with Medicare, income taxes, caregiving concerns and issues relating to Alzheimer's diseas...e and memory loss.
To ensure that all the pieces we imagined fit together perfectly, we strengthened our community with the passion of volunteers and the commitment of our partners in local businesses and government.
We invite you to visit us, join us, and help us imagine what "aging" will look like in the years ahead. We think it's going to be inspirational!
North Shore Senior Center has worked with older adults and their families since our founding in 1956. The National Institute of Senior Centers and CARF have accredited us as meeting the highest standards for our industry. We also partner with many organizations, including OASIS and Age Options.