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Legal Staff Paralegal in Chicago, IL

Legal Aid Chicago (Legal Assistance Foundation) | Chicago, IL, United States

Industry: Legal | Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: Dec 02, 2021

Practice Areas: Health Care

Qualifications: Qualifications: A college degree is required (except for current internal applicants as specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement). A background in working with low-income populations, the elderly, or people with disabilities is helpful. Spanish fluency is a plus. Basic internet and computer skills are required, including familiarity with such programs as MS Word, Outlook, and Excel. Must have excellent oral and written skills, and a commitment to social justice.

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Job Description:
Nursing Home Community Ombudsman Paralegal
Responsibilities: Visit assigned long-term care facilities in suburban Cook County and/or Lake County to educate residents, family members, facility staff and the public about residents' rights and investigate and resolve complaints [Due to Covid-19, Ombudsmen are not going inside facilities currently. For the moment, the position is largely working from home]; Attend resident and family council meetings to advise on issues related to long-term care; organizes and develops family councils when necessary; Develop and maintains productive relationships with long-term care staff; Develop knowledge of relevant law and regulations including Medicaid, Medicare, and federal and state laws relating to long-term care; Complete all training as required by the Illinois Department on Aging; Assist in the recruitment, training, and retention of volunteer ombudsmen; Assist in promoting the Ombudsman Project throughout the service area; Perform intake, engage in fact gathering and advocacy; Represent clients at hearings before the Illinois Department of Human Services, Nursing Home Division in cases involving the denial or termination of Medicaid eligibility for long-term care residents; and Perform other duties reasonably related to Community Ombudsman job functions.

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