PEER Advocate Position Description
Nature of Work
Under supervision, performs various duties concerned with the provision of supportive
services to the non-institutionalized elderly. Does related work as required.
Examples of Duties
Upon assignment, will listen, identify problem/need, and identify community resources
to relieve the problem. Make appropriate referral and/or contact appropriate agencies
for direct services for the client. Provide follow-up to assure services are received
and are adequate. May counsel client to encourage acceptance of services and/or
help the individual find alternatives.
Requirements of Work
Knowledge of local community resources, state and federal programs, and of hospital
and community relationships; knowledge of the normal aging process, mental health
problems/personality disorders versus disease. Ability to listen well; discern fact
from fiction, clarify problems/issues, and identify needs. Ability to develop understanding
of another persons worldview; tolerate different value systems; express ones self
clearly, concisely, orally, and in writing; completion of training sessions.
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