at Central ME Area Agency on Aging Senior Spectrum in Augusta, Maine, United States
If you have a desire to assist those who are elderly or disabled connect with resources in the community in order to maintain or improve their quality of life, you may be the Resource Counsellor we're looking for.
The purpose of this position is to facilitate independent living for older and/or disabled adults and their families by helping to sort through all options, both publicly and privately funded. The Aging and Disability Resource Counselor (ADRC) is an access point provider to the “no wrong door” system for person centered planning including needs assessments, referrals, preliminary care planning, and short-term tracking based on consumer choices for persons in need of Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS). The ADRC serves older adults, all persons with disabilities, family caregivers and veterans. This work is in collaboration with LTSS providers. Counseling provides accurate and unbiased information, guidance, advocacy and support. Counselors give a voice to the needs of the individuals while helping to provide dignity as people age in place. The Counselor is supervised by and reports directly to the Aging and Disability Resource Program Manager.
Essential Functions of the Job:
· Working knowledge of biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging; the impact of disabilities and illnesses on aging, human behavior and effects of psychological stresses.
· Working knowledge of public and private community resources, their requirements, policies and objectives and referral programs; fee for service options; the Aging network; and long term care issues.
· Principles and techniques of interpersonal communication, interviewing principles and public relations..