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Family Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
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Family Caregiver Support Group Facilitator

Reports to:
Outreach Coordinator

Description of Position:
Facilitates the exchange of information and support to group participants

Position Requirements:
• Ideally have a professional background and/or personal life experience with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
• For those with applicable skills some knowledge of and a willingness to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on families
• Attend the Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter’s facilitator training program
• Willingness to make one year minimum commitment
• Former caregivers to be at least one year post-caregiving
• Adhere to all Alzheimer’s Association Support Group policies and guidelines
• Attend at least two education programs sponsored by the Chapter each year
• Participate in quarterly conference calls
• Have at least four direct contacts with the designated Chapter staff each year
• Complete and return monthly paperwork within two weeks of meeting or as required
• Ability to redirect and facilitate discussion
• Be comfortable with the expression of emotions
• Able to separate personal needs of self and member from group needs
• Strong LISTENING skills
• A sense of humor

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Pre-meeting Responsibilities:
• Arrange room setup if the room is not normally arranged appropriately
• Post directional signage by Chapter as needed
• Assist Chapter in disseminating group promotional materials

Day-of Meeting Responsibilities:
• Set expectations and define purpose of the group
• Facilitate problem solving
• Create safety. You are the one who establishes the ground rules and reminds the group of the importance of confidentiality
• Be knowledgeable about the disease: its symptoms and current research developments
• Facilitate peer-to-peer sharing
• Know when to make referrals and to whom
• Deliver information on advocacy and fundraising opportunities such as Advocacy Day and Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ as provides by Chapter
• Set the tone. Your laughter, empathy, and openness help others gauge what is appropriate in the support group setting.
• Assessing when a group attendee may need more help
• Building bridges between people – Help connect new people to others who share similar struggles
• Develop a plan to be implemented in case of change in meeting date due to inclement weather or circumstances
• Obtain speakers on issues of interest to support group members if desired
• Promptly convey any intended changes in the support group meeting times, location, dates or types of meeting to the Program Director
• Promptly communicate to Program Director any anticipated changes in co-facilitators or their contact information

Post Meeting Responsibilities:
• Contact Chapter promptly following support group meeting with any questions or concerns
• Complete and return Incident Report within 24 hours of meeting and/or incident
• Promptly return sign-in sheet, new member contact form, monthly meeting report and other supplemental documents after each meeting


 


 

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