SUMMARY: The Adult Protective Services (APS) Caseworker provides assessment and intervention services to abused and/or neglected adults with disabilities and older adults in communities we serve. Investigations are performed according to the State of Illinois programs and all applicable regulations. The APS Caseworker interviews alleged victims, abusers, and relevant others in a home environment and will work towards risk reduction, intervention and supportive counseling.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides an advanced level of case management services and investigates reports of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation to adults age 60 and over and adults age 18 and over with a disability. Follows Illinois Department of Aging and Area Agency on Aging Adult Protective Services program standards and procedures for investigation, intervention and protective services offered to alleged victims and their families. Conducts a thorough assessment and investigation of each reported case of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Conducts unannounced home visits for each reported case of abuse. Evaluates client needs and coordinates on-going services. Develops a case plan and refers appropriate services for victims and family members. Interviews and provides supportive counseling to a diverse client base.
Completes initial risk assessment evaluation of situations where client is at risk and intervention is necessary, provides emergency assistance and clarifies options for clients and families. Collaborates with a team of professionals, including physicians, social workers, law enforcement, an attorney, and other community members to resolve abusive situation.
Attends and participates in monthly Multidisciplinary Team meetings. Conducts presentations on Adult Protective Services Act to community members and organizations including schools, hospitals, local senior buildings, law enforcement, etc.
Attends scheduled staff meetings
Completes a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education each year
Performs other related duties as assigned by management
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Master’s Degree (MA, MSW) in social work, or a related social services field
Previous experience working with older adults and/or adults with disabilities, preferred
Certificates, licenses and registrations required: Current Adult Protective Services (APS) certification, preferred, or ability to obtain upon hire
Computer skills required: Microsoft Office Suite; ability to quickly learn internal proprietary database
Other skills required:
Have strong organizational and observation skills
Sensitivity to cultural diversity
Have strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate documentation forms in a timely manner
Current driver’s license and access to a car for home visits
Ability to participate in on-call rotation for 24-hour and weekend cell phone
Additional Salary Information: Please submit your salary requirements along with your cover letter and resume.
Internal Number: 8477846063
About North Shore Senior Center
As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, our highest priority is you. Our work is driven by our love of serving seniors and not by monetary profit.
Since our founding in 1956, North Shore Senior Center has partnered with older adults to redefine the process of aging. We imagined a social community for seniors -- one defined by friendships, volunteerism, clubs and new experiences. We didn't know what it would look like, but we knew that creativity, enthusiasm and knowledge would be its foundation.
Today, thanks to the collective efforts of our members, staff, volunteers and friends, the North Shore Senior Center community we imagined is a reality. Whether you visit us to take a class, enjoy a concert, or exercise in our Fitness Center, you can experience its benefits.
We also imagined that our community could extend beyond the walls of our brick-and-mortar buildings. It was important that older adults who were isolated due to physical, emotional or financial issues could participate as well. It was equally important that North Shore Senior Center could help those who needed assistance with Medicare, income taxes, caregiving concerns and issues relating to Alzheimer's diseas...e and memory loss.
To ensure that all the pieces we imagined fit together perfectly, we strengthened our community with the passion of volunteers and the commitment of our partners in local businesses and government.
We invite you to visit us, join us, and help us imagine what "aging" will look like in the years ahead. We think it's going to be inspirational!
North Shore Senior Center has worked with older adults and their families since our founding in 1956. The National Institute of Senior Centers and CARF have accredited us as meeting the highest standards for our industry. We also partner with many organizations, including OASIS and Age Options.