Position Type : Full Time - Permanent
Relocation Approved :
Recruiter : Weissman, Pamela
Job Description :
Must have experience working with Dementia/Alzheimer patients preferably in a long term care environment.
POSITION SUMMARY: The ‘Dementia Program’ Director is responsible for administering of the ‘Dementia Program’ within the Center. The position requires that the individual develop and maintain a quality program which therapeutically addresses the needs of residents with dementia and their family. The role requires clinical knowledge of dementia care, leadership abilities and marketing skills. RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES: 1. Individual resident assessment including admission (within the scope of practice) and ongoing updates, as needed, in the home, nursing center or hospital, when necessary. 2. Coordinates, implements and monitors all care plans and other state required documents with other members of the care team. 3. Assures implementation of all policies and procedures is in compliance with local, state, federal and JCAHO guidelines. 4. Functions as a liaison during resident hospitalizations to ensure continuity of care. 5. Performs ongoing quality assurance evaluations that include quality indicators for the environment, documentation, team functioning, and all aspects of quality care provision as well as reporting identified issues back to the team, for resolution. 6. Functions as an advocate for residents and their families. 7. Provides direct services to families through communication, education and support. 8. Acts as the unit liaison for all consultants. 9. Manages all discharges/transfers from the unit. 10. Manages all research projects on the unit. 11. Oversees Program development, planning, scheduling and monitoring. 12. Acts as a role model for staff with regard to professionalism and appropriateness in resident and family interaction. 13. Interviews and makes recommendations for hiring/termination of all staff that will be working on the unit. 14. Direct and indirect supervision of all staff assigned to the ‘Dementia Program’ unit. Responsible for probationary and annual evaluation of all unit personnel. 15. Regular communication concerning unit functions with Director of Nursing and Administrator and other appropriate staff. 16. Directly responsible for the financial performance of the ‘Dementia Program’ unit. Participates in development and monitoring of unit budget. 17. Maintains appropriate records, correspondence and documentation for management of the unit. 18. Develops and implements new systems as new policies are developed. 19. Implements ongoing team building efforts. 20. Responsible for the majority of phone inquiries regarding the ‘Dementia Program’. 21. Liaison with all departments in center. 22. Provides orientation as well as ongoing in-services on dementia care to staff, including sensitivity training and mandatory ‘Dementia Program’ training. 23. Provides family education through support groups, family council, and other methods of information such as newsletters, brochures, etc. 24. Provides community education through lectures before groups and organizations within the community. 25. Participation in committees within the center and the community that are dedicated to dementia care. 26. Supervises appropriate student internships. 27. Develops and implements yearly marketing plan. 28. Markets the Program through public speaking, committee participation, community partnerships to be viewed as a dementia specialist in respective community. 29. Monitors for changes in the market and competition. 30. Performs other duties as assigned. DPD2
Qualifications : SPECIFIC EDUCATIONAL/VOCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: 1. Graduate of an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work, Nursing, Therapeutic Recreation, Psychology, Gerontology or other related field. 2. Three years of direct experience (in respective discipline) with Dementia/dementia residents and/or their families and caregivers, or approval by the Administrator and Area Director of Dementia Services/Care. 3. Two years of supervisory experience in an appropriate healthcare setting, or approval by the Administrator and Area Director of Dementia Services/Care. 4. Recommended state licensure in respective discipline. Must meet state requirements for concurrent job responsibilities