The Social Worker working under the title of Caregiver Support Specialist will be responsible for assessing and delivering services that meet the needs of individuals and families caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. CARE NYC is a program that provides support services to persons caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia throughout the five boroughs. This position requires face to face visits, working in the office, and telecommuting.
This position is a temporary part-time position funded through December 31, 2021 with potential for renewed funding in 2022.
The Caregiver Support Specialist will complete intakes, assessments, care plans, and enter timely case notes. The Caregiver Support Specialist should be familiar with New York City’s network of service providers for individuals with AD and their caregivers, which will enable them to connect caregivers to the services they require. They should have experience in outreach and be able to identify community groups, professionals and agencies throughout the city who may have an interest in services and may benefit from CARE NYC services.
• Conduct intake and assessment screening of caregiver, assessing mental and physical health needs and supports, and financial eligibility for benefits, entitlements, and respite services.
• Perform home visits to caregivers to evaluate unmet needs.
• Collaborate with the caregiver to develop a plan of care and implement constructive short and long-term interventions through counseling, education about caregiving supports, long-term planning, and assistance with benefits.
• Link caregivers to other service providers such as mental health, medical care, and financial management services as needed.
• Lead a support group, providing emotional support and psychoeducation about dementia.
• Work with the activities coordinator to host activities that promote caregiver emotional and physical well-being.
• Provide timely documentation and maintenance of client files and progress notes.
• Work as part of the team to support the needs of the program.
• BSW with 3-5 years of experience working in a social service organization or equivalent OR MSW with 2 years of experience working in a social service organization or equivalent.
• Experience working with families, the geriatric populations, social services, senior benefits, and client relations in a hospital setting preferred.
• Caregiver and/or Alzheimer’s experience preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Strong computer skills with experience in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. Salesforce experience is preferred.
• Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.