Dementia Care Specialist

Program:Fallon Tribal Health Center  Salary Grade:GS – 14
Supervisor:Associate Director of Clinical Services  Salary Range:$21.81-$26.04
FLSA Status:X Exempt      Non-Exempt     Public Safety Position Type:Full Time



This position is responsible for coordinating the Fallon Tribal Health Center (“FTHC”) dementia program including coordinating care for dementia patients; addressing mitigating factors leading to dementia; decrease stigma and increase awareness of dementia, and educating patients, family members, caregivers and the community regarding dementia.


  1. Coordinate with FTHC programs, the U.S. Indian Health Service, and other tribal and non-tribal agencies to plan and implement a comprehensive model of dementia care for FTHC patients.
  2. Collect, analyze, document, and report dementia and other related health data and information using the FTHC’s electronic health record system
  3. Act as liaison between primary care providers, behavioral health, community health, and other tribal programs to establish a multidisciplinary continuum of care system.
  4. Develop referral relationships with health care providers, dementia diagnostic clinics and long-term care providers and collaborate actively with local, regional, and statewide dementia organizations.
  5. Offer and provide person-centered support when memory screens are positive to assure opportunities for follow-up with a primary care provider in accordance with the individual’s preferences.
  6. Engage in home safety assessments to help prevent accidental injury.
  7. Establish support group for family members and caregivers of patients who are experiencing dementia or have pre-dementia symptoms.
  8. Serve as a catalyst for developing and implementing strategies to create and sustain dementia-friendly communities in the FTHC service area.
  9. Provide volunteer training and guidance to expand the reach of the goals of the FTHC’s Dementia Care Program.
  10. Provide outreach and awareness to non-healthcare professionals, tribal departments, employers, organizations, and the general community about the FTHC and available dementia services.
  11. Other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  1. Associate Degree in a Health and/or Human Services related field.
  2. Three (3) years’ experience, or a combination of both is required, preferably in the health or human services related field.


(To perform this job, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements, below, are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions)

  • Skills and experience in facilitating small group learning and discussion programs.
  • Experience with family caregivers of people with dementia and family dynamics.
  • Experience in developing collaborative relationships, preferably with community organizations and health care professionals.
  • Ability to provide culturally competent services when serving tribal communities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to adjust work hours to meet with program participants and to provide community and employer outreach and educational programs
  • Excellent communication skills: written, public speaking, inter-departmental
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse group of community members
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of Electronic Medical Record programs
  • Ability to maintain strict complete confidentiality of medical/patient records and all other pertinent information according to HIPAA guidelines.


Work is performed in an office environment with varying conditions of noise level, temperature, and illumination.  Moderate walking is required since interaction between all disciplines within the healthcare operations and management is required.  Moderate travel to other tribal programs and to the other Tribes served by the FTHC.  May wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves or a mask.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


  1. The duties of this position include mandatory reporting pursuant to 1) the Victims of Child Abuse law (34 USC § 20341) and 2) elder and vulnerable person laws (NRS 200.5093), as incorporated by decision of the FBC that elders and those who cannot speak for themselves are entitled to the same protections. Because such laws may subject employees to criminal penalties under FPSTLOC § 5-50-040 and/or 18 U.S.C. §§ 1169 and 2258, all employees hired to this position must complete a Mandatory Reporter training within 90 days of hire.