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Assessor - Initial

Council on Aging Cincinnati Full-Time
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Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. We promote choice, independence, dignity and well-being through a range of services that help people remain in their homes for as long as possible.

COA is a state-designated Area Agency on Aging, serving a 21-county region. One call to COA links people to the wide variety of agencies, information and programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities.

COA has more than 300 employees, more than 100 contracted providers, and an annual budget of over $77 million.

Our mission: Enhance lives by assisting people to remain independent through a range of quality services.

Position Description (Full job description available upon request):

Assess individuals for long-term care options and for eligibility and enrollment into Waiver Programs.

Essential Job Functions:

●  Complete in home person centered assessments in order to provide options to clients and their care givers on potential programs and resources which can assist the client to meet his/her needs.

●  Complete appropriate referrals on behalf of the consumer.

●  Complete assessments for individuals applying for Waiver Programs, includes but is not limited to: Assisted Living, PASSPORT, Health Checks, Nursing Facility Placement, Etc. Depending on the program, assessments can occur in the consumers private homes, nursing facilities, hospitals, group homes, etc.

●  Complete Adverse Level of Care Assessments as required.

●  Develop an initial plan of care with consumers and caregivers, addressing the consumer’s presenting requests and needs.

●  Educate and assist individuals and his/her legal guardians, authorized representatives, and/or caregivers, on the following:

o  Program eligibility criteria

o  Basic information about Medicare, Medicaid and LTC insurance, as applicable.

o  Program participation expectations of the individual and/or legal guardian

o  Individual rights and responsibilities as a participant in the program

o  Limitations and expectations of service providers

o  Appeal rights and process

o  Educate individual on resources available to meet needs not available through the waiver program.

●  Assist with discharge planning to link consumers and their families to resources and services.

●  Identify health and safety risks, assist in providing direction/resources to prevent harm to the individual. Advocate on client’s behalf.

●  Ohio licensed Registered Nurse or licensed Social Worker in good standing with the credentialing board.

●  At least one-year prior experience in medical social work, home health care and/or geriatrics.

●  A good working knowledge and understanding of issues related to the elderly population.

●  Knowledge of the individual, family, social systems and the individuals functioning in the aging process.

●  Ability to collaborate and problem solve in a self-directed team environment.

●  Knowledge of community resources within Southwestern Ohio.

●  Good customer service skills.

●  Ability to adapt to frequent change.

●  Good oral and written communication skills.

●  Good organizational and teamwork skills.

●  A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for travel within the COA 5-county area.

●  Ability to travel within the state of Ohio for training.

●  Respect for the cultural, spiritual, racial and ethnic beliefs of others.

●  Excellent computer skills including Windows operating systems, MS Word, MS Excel, data entry and the ability to learn new software applications as needed.




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