Oversees full implementation of Resident and Family Engagement’s overall dementia care program. Directly provides coaching and leadership of associates who are caregivers within the community. Plans and directly coordinates a calendar of dementia friendly programs that meet specific needs of each and all residents within the dementia care community. Provides and advocates person centered care such as dementia friendly dining, behavioral expression interventions, and dementia training. Engages residents in meaningful and well-being focused programs based on the six dimensions of Optimum Life®: physical, purposeful, emotions, social, intellectual, and spiritual - within the Brookdale community enhancing their quality of life. Recognizes individual abilities and needs while encouraging independence and ensure resident habits, historical routines, life stories, and preferences are honored in the provision of care and programming.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree such as gerontology, therapeutic recreation or related field with a minimum of three years of management and direct supervision experience preferred. Experience with residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in a residential setting required. Experience in program and event planning for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias required; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certifications, Licenses, and Other Special Requirements
Must possess a valid driver’s license and a current 3-year driving abstract with no more than one moving violation as a condition of employment. Any required state-specific training/qualifications must also completed.
Applies existing guidelines and procedures to make varied decisions within a department. Uses sound judgment and experience to solve moderately complex problems based on precedent, example, reasonableness or a combination of these. Ability to apply reason, logic and advanced problem solving skills to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues.
Knowledge and Skills
Possesses extensive knowledge of a distinct skill or function and a thorough understanding of the organization and work environment. Has working knowledge of a functional discipline. Basic typing skills essential along with basic knowledge of PC’s and word processing software, preferably in a Microsoft Windows environment. Strong creativity and organization skills.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
Brookdale is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.