Nursing Home Transition (NHT) Coordinator Full Time, Disability Empowerment Center (Lancaster, PA)

  • Closing / removal date: open until filled
  • Posted: December 16, 2022

Supervision: Executive Director

General Responsibilities: The NHT Coordinator is a non-exempt position that assist people with disabilities of all ages and types, transition out of nursing homes or other institutions into the community, to their own homes.  The NHT Coordinator will assist in skills training, case services, benefits management, assistive technology, advocacy, housing, attendant services, and coordination of the transition into the community.  This position serves as an advocate and counselor, assisting consumers in accessing and utilizing services to maximize independence.

Principle Duties:

Within the guidelines of DEC’s policies and procedures, the NHT Coordinator will:

  • Assist consumers that live in institutions in developing a discharge plan or Independent Living Plan (ILP) to transition back to the community or prevent admittance into an institution.
  • Jointly develop ILP’s in setting goals, establishing timelines, and services to be provided. These services may include but not limited to getting assistive technology, finding community services, attendant services, attendant training, housing, and benefits management.
  • Identify barriers in the community that prevent consumers from being integrated into their communities.
  • Interact with consumers in a professional manner with respect for their rights and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Coordinates with the consumer, facility social workers/discharge planners, services Coordinators and required community agencies to ensure that services are in place for a successful transition, particularly attendant care, if needed.
  • Arrange/purchase all items needed in the home for transitioning, including furniture, groceries, DME, etc.
  • Follow up at required intervals with consumers who have transitioned.
  • Submit all reports, case notes, and other required paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Maintain all documentation in DEC’s database and work closely with DEC’s bookkeeper to ensure payment of services.
  • Attend designated meetings and participate in general DEC meetings.
  • Advocate on issues promoting the independence of people with disabilities.
  • Disseminate information to promote community integration. Includes presenting information on NHT program in nursing homes and in the community.
  • Coordinate peer services comprised of consumers who have successfully transitioned to community living.
  • Organize public-private partnerships to provide services needed for this transition groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Reasonable accommodations will be made for people with disabilities.

  • Have a general knowledge of medical terminology, diagnosis, and their impact on independent living.
  • Management, leadership, and organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple tasks, prioritize work effectively and use judgement and discretion in decision making.
  • Ability to travel in a two-county service area.
  • Computer literate.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Must have an acceptable Criminal Background Check and Childline clearance.
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities a plus.
  • Personal experience with disability and/or knowledge of disability issues and the consumer/community-based IL philosophy a plus.
  • Bilingual a plus.
  • Person with a disability a plus.

Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  DEC does not discriminate in regards to race, creed, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual identity/orientation, national origin, or disability status.