Position Description

ADRC - Dementia Care Specialist
Location MC - Wausau
MC Department Aging Disability Resources Center
Application Deadline Date 1/28/20
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The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin (ADRC-CW) is a regional organization, serving older and disabled adults in the four-county region of Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon and Wood Counties.  Services provided include:  Information and assistance, options counseling, enrollment into publicly-funded long-term care programs, benefits counseling, elderly nutrition program, caregiver support, healthy living programs, and other services that are integrated to meet the mission of the ADRC-CW.

The mission of the ADRC-CW is to promote choice and independence through personalized education, advocacy, and access to services that prevent, delay, and lessen the impact of aging and disabilities in the lives of adults.



The Dementia Care Specialist will provide support to individuals with Dementia and their caregivers, connect with community partners to incorporate dementia friendly initiatives, and support the ADRC-CW with ongoing training and content expertise.

The home office for this position is in the Wausau office, but travel throughout the 4 County ADRC-CW service region may be required to meet customer needs.  Usual work hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.



Bachelor’s Degree is required, preferably in the health or human services related field; Master’s Degree is preferred. At least one (1) year of full-time paid experience working directly with people with dementia and family/informal caregivers (e.g., providing direct care, caregiver support, support group facilitation, residential care management, and homecare).

Necessary special qualifications:  A valid WI driver's license and a driving record that meets County standards; OR ability to obtain reliable transportation as needed.



The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Develop referral relationships with physicians, dementia diagnostic clinics and other health and long term care providers.

  • Provide dementia-specific consultation and technical assistance related to cognitive screening and individual and family caregiver issues to adult protective services agencies (APS), crisis response systems, county/tribal aging offices, ADRC staff members, and other agencies, as requested.

  • Provide evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions. Maintain fidelity to the intervention model and accommodate families’ schedules for meetings (e.g., evenings and weekends, when necessary).

  • Provide volunteer training and guidance to expand the reach of the goals of the Dementia Care Specialist Program.

  • Collaborate actively and develop referral protocols with local, regional, and statewide dementia organizations including: the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, the Alzheimer’s Association chapters, and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

  • Offer and provide person-centered support when memory screens are positive to assure opportunities for follow-up with primary care provider are available in accordance with the individual’s preferences.

  • Offer and provide short-term service coordination for individuals with dementia and/or their caregivers. Coordinate with other ADRC, county/tribal aging unit(s), APS and other county staff members and be available for joint or independent home visits.

  • Serve as a catalyst for developing and implementing strategies to create and sustain dementia-friendly communities in the ADRC service area.

  • Provide outreach and awareness to professionals, employers, organizations, and the general community about the ADRC and available dementia services.

  • Maintain current knowledge of dementia, research findings, new evidence-based interventions, and other innovations for people living in the community.

  • Participate actively in DCS statewide and regional meetings, training programs, and conference calls. Assist colleagues by sharing experiences. Mentor new DCS staff and provide materials and products to other ADRCs, as requested. Provide conference workshops as requested and appropriate to increase the awareness of dementia and services available.

  • Complete 100% time reporting, collect and report program data, and contribute to DCS program evaluation.



  • Expertise and knowledge regarding older adults, dementia, dementia care and support, family and informal caregiver needs, and challenging behaviors.

  • Skill in conducting assessments of clients' needs through telephone interviews, office interviews, and other arrangements as required.

  • Knowledge of community resources and services available to the aging and disabled populations.

  • Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with clients, the community, and service providers.

  • Knowledge of the social, medical, financial, and vocational factors that impact care planning.

  • Skill in operating a computer and maintaining computerized databases.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to cooperate with people and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and in writing with a variety of groups and individuals.Understands the County's and department's mission, core values, plans, and priorities for the future.

  • Ability to contribute to a positive work culture that fosters excellent customer service and teamwork.



Starting salary range: Min $26.09/hour - Mid $31.31/hour (C42)



Selection of the successful candidate may be made by assessment of experience and education, criminal record check,  oral interview; review of references, written background inventory, and other appropriate job-related selection procedures.  All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application.



Marathon County will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Employee Resources Department office or phone (715) 261-1451 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.



Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the County not provide access to this information.
If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Employee Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, January 27, 2020

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