Independent Living Specialist – Aging Services, Nursing Facility Outreach
Presents information to nursing facility residents, staff and the community about the Nursing Facility Transition program which enables those who are Medicaid eligible to move back into their homes or into alternative housing. Provides community presentations on prevention of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
Melissa brings several years of experience working with older adults in mental health facilities to the Nursing Facility Transition (NFT, pronounced “Nifty”) Outreach Specialist position. She has helped many older adults weather the transitions in health status, social status, and other areas. At DNOM, she is responsible for providing outreach to the community on individual and organization basis. She meets with individuals who are looking to move from the nursing facility to the community. She also meets with human service professionals to identify individuals who are ready for NFT services and educate them on the types of housing-related services the NFT program provides the facility’s residents.