Elder Life Specialist
Posted on: January 24, 2023
The Elder Life Specialist is an integral member of the team in
operating the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). The ELS evaluates
and enrolls elderly inpatients at high risk of developing
complications in hospital. Under the supervision of the Geriatrics
Manager, assists in training and assigning volunteers to deliver
patient interventions. These interventions include the Daily
Visitor Program, therapeutic Activities, Early Mobilization
Program, Feeding Assistance Program, Vision and Hearing Assistance,
and Sleep Enhancement Program.
Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy, Social Work or related
Eligible for Certification as a Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
(CTRS) as administered by NCTRC or eligible for LSW with focus on
elder care is preferred.
Ability to manage time efficiently, including flexibility and
prioritization of work tasks in a fast paced setting.
Superior communication skills and ability to work collaboratively
with a wide variety of professional disciplines. Ability to conduct
needs assessment on different units/services.
Ability to sensitively assess patients for participation in program
and communicate initial plan of care to staff, volunteers and
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Additional Information Maine Medical Center is a Magnet designated
700-bed tertiary care and teaching institution. MMC is Maine's
largest hospital and a state-wide health care resource. MMC offers
outstanding career opportunities and quality of life in
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