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ELDER LIFE SPECIALIST
Bachelor of Health Science
Elder Life Specialist
Geriatric - Brampton Civic Hospital/Etobicoke General Hospital
Days with potential Evenings (Subject to change in accordance with the operational requirements)
" Bachelor Degree in health or human related field
" 1-3 years experience in program development and training
" Experience coordinating and working with volunteers
" Certificate in Gerontology, or three years experience working with elderly
" Passion for working with the elderly
" Experience with performing comprehensive geriatric assessments using standardized tools
" Interview and administration skills
" Coordination, scheduling, training for volunteers
" Attention to detail and expectation to meet documentation standards
" Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
" Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
" Work independently: initiating, prioritizing and managing multiple tasks
" Exceptional problem solving skills
" Role model for volunteers: presents as a dignified professional with respect for older patients, families and hospital staff
" Public speaking skills
" Able to assess, implement, evaluate and monitor patient care plans
" Computer literate
" Excellent attendance and work record
" Will be required to travel between all hospital campuses
The Goals of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) are to prevent delirium and functional decline for patients 65 years or older. Under the direction of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics, the Elder Life Specialist (ELS) would oversee the daily operations of the HELP program. This includes screening and enrolling patients; orienting patients and families to the program and assigning appropriate intervention protocols. This program involves specially trained volunteers providing targeted interventions that address geriatric issues known to contribute to cognitive and functional decline during hospitalization. The program is not limited to the maintenance of patients physical and cognitive functioning throughout hospitalization, but also to provide seamless coordination of care for the elderly throughout the hospital, to maximize independence at discharge, and to prevent unplanned readmissions. The ELS will perform regular evaluations, monitor and record adherence to the program; develop and coordinate implementation of appropriate volunteer assignments for patients; assist with recruitment, screening of volunteers; be responsible for training, orientation, supervision and retention of program volunteers. The ELS will also collaborate with community resources and other hospitals and healthcare professionals as required.
INTERNAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
POSTED: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
*Please note that only those individuals selected for interviews will be contacted
**In order to be considered for this position, you must include a current resume or detailed qualifications summary with your application
Please apply online at: www.williamoslerhc.on.ca