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Caregiver Support Group Facilitator with Alzheimer's Association

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VANTAGE Aging RSVP

Alzheimer's is robbing us of our families, our futures, and our finances. At the Alzheimer's Association, the network of more than 75 chapters is working relentlessly to advance world-class research, ensure access to gold-standard care and support, and engage mission-driven volunteers who make it happen.

Support Group Facilitators create a safe, open environment where people share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia. The goal of Alzheimer's Association support groups is to provide emotional, social and/or educational support to group members. As facilitators, individuals may be responsible for general caregiver, adult children, spouse, gender-specific or language-specific groups.

Key Activities:

  • Follow expectations and recommendations of the Caregiver Support Group Facilitator Manual, including participation in initial and ongoing training and submission of all required documentation to Chapter
  • Set up, arrange, and prepare the room before and after each group
  • Coordinate any speakers/presenters with local chapter staff
  • Encourage participants to provide assistance and emotional support to one another
  • Present pertinent Association materials and information to group members
  • Connect members of the community with additional Association services by proactively making referrals to Alzheimer's Association programs and free 24/7 Helpline

Qualifications:
  • Ability to be empathetic and separate personal needs from group needs
  • Strong listening and effective communication skills
  • Ability to redirect and facilitate discussion as well as fulfill the duties and responsibilities as described in the Facilitator Agreement
  • Ability to create and maintain a safe environment where participants' thoughts and feelings are valued and group members are treated with fairness, equity, and respect
  • Commitment to promote the mission and services of the Association and willingness to act as an extension of the Association
  • Experience with dementia as a family member or health care professional preferred

Commitment Expected:
  • Support Group Facilitators commit to a 1-year term delivering a monthly group
  • Terms are renewable upon successful completion of annual goal-setting conversation with your staff partner
  • Orientation includes general volunteer orientation + online program volunteer orientation and in-person support group facilitator training with a staff partner
  • Support Group Facilitators must observe two groups in the community led by a staff or mentor
  • Background checks are required as part of the volunteer selection process
  • Comply with Alzheimer's Association volunteer policies and procedures
  • Participate in initial training and ongoing education about Alzheimer's, dementia and the Alzheimer's Association

Benefits:
  • Perfect your active listening and group management technique
  • Serve your local community and people you care about
  • Increase your knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
  • Be recognized in your community as a leader and resource for Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Build your skill set
  • Join a network of other volunteers, Alzheimer's Association staff and professionals and caregivers in the aging field

Reporting & Support:
  • Support Group Facilitators work with local staff partners
  • This position is supported by the Program Manager at the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter
  • Alzheimer's Association will provide training, information, and electronic or printed materials to assist in your efforts

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About VANTAGE Aging RSVP

Location:

2279 Romig Rd, Akron, OH 44320, US

Mission Statement

Promoting a positive perspective on aging.

Description

VANTAGE Aging promotes positive aging through a variety of programs and services for older adults. Our nonprofit organization serves 38 counties and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio. In Summit and Medina Counties, we facilitate the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for those 55 and older who want to make a meaningful impact in the community. We also offer employment training, home care and home health aide assistance, nutrition and home-delivered meal services, alcohol and drug addiction counseling, and mental health and prevention services.

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Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Family Therapy
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training

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