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Senior’s Care and Support Specialist

Job Posting – Senior’s Care and Support Specialist

Title: Senior’s Care and Support Specialist

Reports to: Director, Health Services/ Nurse Practitioner

Summary
Aligning Seniors Against Poverty (ASAP) is a new SLPP initiative designed to alleviate the effects of poverty among senior men; particularly those with the overlapping experience of mental illness, addiction and/or conflict with the law. Reporting to the Director of Health Services, the candidate will be responsible for providing care to residents in accordance with the organization’s philosophy, goals and objectives. Support will be provided through establishing plans with clients to improve financial security, independence and self confidence. Short term support will be provided to clients as they transition out of SLPP and into longer term housing in the community. This role also involves providing and facilitating trainings for community organizations.

Key Responsibilities:
• Direct Services:
o Program development, implementation, evaluation and quality improvement of ASAP initiative
o Facilitating referrals and/or partnerships with community organizations, Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
o Conducting focused intake assessments for senior residents to identify their needs
o Collaborating with the interdisciplinary team (health team, care-coordinators and residential support workers) in developing care plans for medically complex clients aimed at addressing socioeconomic, mental health, addiction and age-related barriers.
o Assisting clients with identified instrumental activities of daily living needs.
o Liaising with clients and their families to develop a comprehensive and tailored re-integration transition plan to supportive long-term housing.
o Conducting education on financial responsibility, assisting to facilitate Ontario works (OW) and or Ontario Disability Support Program applications.
o Conducting mini mental status screening assessments, MOCA’s and mental status examinations to determine need for further medical evaluation.
o Engage and Interact with clients and document client engagement and client interactions according to SLPP’s documentation standards
o Develop a marketing and outreach campaign, and outreach materials to engage the target group

• Professional Capacity Building:
o Implement and deliver a training curriculum for community organization on seniors’ support services.
o Participate in the development of best practice guidelines for reducing poverty among older adults faced with mental health and addictions challenges.
o Collaborate with stakeholders and community providers.
o Create a resource inventory of housing and resource options for clients

• Client Leadership:
o Coordinating an advisory group consisting of older adults with lived experiencing of poverty.
o Ensuring the inclusion of the program’s target demographic in the development of the ASAP program
• Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Skills:
o Graduate/Diploma of a recognized college or University with eligibility for registration with any of the following colleges or designations: College of Nurses of Ontario (Registered Practical Nurse), or the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
o Minimum three years experience working with seniors and the aged population
o Experience with working with individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues
o Knowledge of housing challenges
o Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite software
o Excellent verbal and written communication skills
o Valid Driver’s Licence with a clean driver’s abstract
o Current CPR/First Aid certificate
o Current medical assessment and clearance to work in a residential setting
o Clear Vulnerable Sector Search
o Crisis Intervention, Gentle Persuasion Approach (GPA), de-escalation training an asset.

Job Type: 2 Full-time positions
Salary: $47,370.00 – $53,079.94
Application deadline: August 22, 2020.

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