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Occupational Therapist – Aging in Place Consultant

POSITION: Occupational Therapist – Aging in Place Consultant

STATUS: Contract -Full Time (Jan 2022 - Jan 2023 and contingent on ongoing funding)

REPORTS TO: Director of Client Experience, Education and Innovation  

ENVIRONMENT: Hybrid

Dementia affects our memory, thinking, emotions and ability to perform everyday tasks. In Ottawa and Renfrew County, 24,000 people live with a diagnosis of dementia. In the next decade, the number of diagnosed cases is expected to double.

The work of the Dementia Society is incredibly rewarding and equally challenging. The people living with dementia, care partners and caregivers we support have amazing stories filled with highs and lows, frustrations, and triumphs. It is in these moments and many in-between that you would make an impact.

Do you want to be part of the launch of a leading practice program? Do you have the courage to help us really move the needle and make an impact in the area of ageing in place? As the Occupational Therapist- Aging in Place Consultant, you will be responsible for virtual and in-person home assessments and the co-creation interventions to enable people living with dementia and their caregivers to age in place. You will also lead occupational therapy/physiotherapy assistants and a team of volunteers in the implementation of the home assessment recommendations. You won’t always know the answers to the questions you’re being asked, so your ability to be resourceful is key! We believe in human-centred, high-quality experiences.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

We are living a hybrid work model to support our community. That means you will be working from home most of the time and meeting clients in the community as needed. Our support is available to the community Monday –Thursday afternoon/evening shift of 12:30-8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 8:30-4:00 pm.  Travel may be required.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for the virtual (and as needed – in person) assessment and creation of a collaborative intervention plan for the dyad of the person living with dementia and the caregiver to support aging in place. Interventions could include maintaining and enhancing ADL’s and iADL’s across the stages of dementia, caregiver education and practical training, dementia inclusive home design, technology and wandering needs, etc.
  • Delegation of the treatment plan to a team of occupational therapy/physiotherapy assistants and volunteers.
  • Maintains current accurate clinical records according to standards set by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Documents assessment results, goals, treatment, client progress and discharge plans.
  • Collaborates with our multidisciplinary team of Dementia Care Coaches and other members of the circle of care to support client goals, problem solve, overcome barriers and facilitate warm transitions between providers.
  • Serve as a capacity building and coaching lead to occupational therapist providing home assessments to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Communicate pertinent information and recommendations to clients/care providers and provide education regarding treatment strategies as needed.
  • Supervise occupational therapy/physiotherapy assistants, student occupational therapists and volunteers.
  • Support clients in navigating the healthcare system to access required services, support, resources, and learning opportunities.
  • Maintain a client-centred approach to support individuals, caregivers and families to get the right support, at the place and at the right time.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Masters Degree or recognized equivalent in Occupational Therapy. Registered and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
  • Multilingual -  English, French, Chinese languages, Arabic languages, etc.
  • Experience working directly with people living with dementia and caregivers.
  • Experience solving problems and engaging in quality improvement activities.
  • Strong communication and organization skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive across the area of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

Dean is really looking forward to reviewing your cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please let Dean know the approach you would take in helping someone living with dementia and their family age in place – in their home. Send your cover letter and resume by email to info@dsorc.org  with the subject line Occupational Therapist – Aging in Place by January 9, 2022.

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