Upper Cumberland Development District has an opening for a Dementia Health Navigator. The Dementia Health Navigator (DHN) serves the community as a trained, unlicensed dementia care guide. The DHN will collaborate with families, care partners, and those living with a diagnosis to identify their specific needs, develop health and care goals, provide disease education, curate information about community-based resources, share care planning and decision-making tools, and assist with crisis planning and end-of-life planning. The DHN will also develop referral relationships with physicians, dementia diagnostics clinics, and other health and long-term care providers.

Duties include:

  • Support persons with dementia and/or their care partners to ensure the highest quality of life possible while living at home
  • Train staff at the local Area Agencies on Aging and Disability (AAAD), community partners, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and other county and municipal offices to become dementia-capable
  • Educate communities on becoming dementia-friendly and dementia-capable
  • Provide education and support to people with memory concerns or dementia and their families, allowing them to live safely at home
  • Provide direct service through training for community members regarding Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD)
  • Distribution of resources related to mild cognitive decline and dementia
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications (required):

  • Background in community health work, that may include caregiving, nursing home care/work, experience with older adults and/or dementia, human services, public health, or gerontological programs

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Human Services, Mental Health, or Social Work are beneficial but not required. Other experience will be considered depending on the background of the applicant

Interested applicants should complete an online application, found here, and/or submit a resume to careers@ucdd.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer