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Aging Life Care Social Work Specialist

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We are seeking a caring professional for an Aging Life Care Social Work Specialist who is passionate about advocating for seniors and their families.

The Aging Life Care Social Work Specialist is responsible for supporting the goals and objectives of the Senior Independence service area through serving as an advocate and liaison for seniors and their families. This position will participate as a Qualified Service Provider, provide ongoing oversight ensuring service specific requirements are met; review and monitor documentation to adhere to and oversee Medicare/Medicaid billing requirements; develop and monitor individualized care plans that are personalized an ongoing to meet seniors’ challenging needs, improve quality of life, and promote independent living.

The Aging Life Care Social Work Specialist will identify and bridge the gaps between the healthcare setting and a senior’s home, independent living, and long-term care. This position will assess client strengths, needs, and preferences in identifying resources and coordinating and maintaining continuous care plans.

The Aging Life Care Social Work Specialist will network with service providers and resources to allow for cohesive and uninterrupted service delivery to clients.

The Aging Life Care Social Work Specialist will begin as a Benefited 32 hours/week position with the option to move toward 40 hours/week upon building a full case load. The Aging Life Care Specialist will serve the Williston region.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Service & Fiscal Management: Responsible for day-to-day activities throughout the assigned area of the service area; Facilitates and participates in required meetings; Works with internal and external stakeholders related to service issues; Participates in legislative hearings as needed or as requested;

Serves as point of contact for referring agencies as needed; Monitors budget and monthly reports; Coordinates and collaborates with partners and other resource and referral services; Engages community and builds service awareness through presentations and discussions related to senior care; and Collaborates with local and state associations to ensure best practices.

Service Delivery: Develops and conducts comprehensive senior assessments to identify strengths, needs, support systems, concerns, and preferences; Develops and implements initial care plans and establishes goals; Maintains, monitors and changes care plans based on provisions and needs; Provides crisis intervention and consultation as needed; Consults with treatment partners to ensure effective service delivery to clients and their families; Serves as advocate and liaison for seniors and families related to direct care services; Coordinates necessary support with referral sources; and Makes recommendations related to individual treatment as needed.

Recordkeeping: Completes necessary paperwork including intake, assessment, care plans, goals and other required documentation; Prepares documentation on accordance with Agency and State and Federal regulations; Completes paperwork as needed; Completes reports as requested by Agency and/or external agencies for service monitoring; and Oversees and monitors program documentation to comply with State and Federal reimbursement guidelines.

Community Engagement: Markets Aging Life Care services to individuals, families, and groups; Develops and distributes service materials; Participates in senior events including booth set up and facilitation; and Presents and facilitates service discussions with senior groups, veterans, tribal councils, churches, and others as needed.

Other: Attends meetings as required; Assists Team Lead and/or other related services with special projects and other assignments; and Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology, Nursing, Social Work, Human Development & Family Science or other Human Services related field required
• Social Work license required
• 2 years of case management experience with elderly population and experience working with community resources, or equivalent of education/experience required
• Ability to become certified in care management within 12 months of employment required
• Valid Driver’s License required

MENTAL/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• 50% travel in the Williston region, seldom overnight
• Varied/flexible work schedule including days, evenings, nights, and weekends
• Standard movements with limited physical exertion required. Movements are consistent with what would be found in a normal office setting including exertion of light physical effort for short periods.
• Usually normal concentration and deadlines with periodic periods of sustained deadline pressure. Work may involve changing problems, circumstances or demand.
• Work involves minimal risk to personal safety of injury, illness or health problems arising from the environment or the public/clients.

Opportunity is open until filled. Benefits 32 hr/wk w/ option to 40. Call 701-271-3223 or email dschneider@lssnd.org.