Hospice Social Worker - MSW
Haven Hospice is a family of highly experienced professionals who provide our patients and customers with the very best in service and medical care. Haven is currently seeking a Full Time Medical Social Worker to join our growing team. Just like there is beauty in the beginning of life, equally so, there is beauty at the end of life. People who have spent their careers working in the honorable field all say hospice changed their life for the better.
- Medical/dental/vision insurance
- 401k with matching
- Accrued PTO starting after 3 months
- Flexible schedules
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Required: Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
Required to have 1 year of social work experience in a health care setting.
Must demonstrate basic knowledge of all procedures included in the social worker job description. Must have the ability to follow instructions from the physician, nursing supervisor and other professional staff. Ability to communicate effectively with managers, patients, families and co-workers. Must be able to assess safety of home situations for self, patients, and other family members, including physical and psychological dangers. Must have the ability to effectively cope with patients, families and all others with varying backgrounds, socioeconomic conditions, and value judgments. Maintains confidentiality of information relating to the patient and family. Will discuss only those aspects necessary to the care and treatment of patient and family with those directly involved in the patient’s care. Social work services must be based on the patient’s psychosocial assessment and the patient’s and family’s needs and acceptance of these services.
JOB DUTIES (includes but not limited to the following)
- Assesses emotional factors related to terminal illness. Assesses caregiver’s ability to function adequately. Assesses special needs related to cultural diversity including communication, space, role of family members and special traditions. Evaluates patient/family response to psychosocial interventions.
- Assists the physician and other IDG members in recognizing and understanding the social/mental stress and/or disorder that exacerbates the symptoms related to terminal illness.
- Assesses the patient/family psychosocial status, potential for risk of suicide and/or abuse or neglect. Identifies family dynamics and communication patterns.
- Participates in the development and revision of the plan of care and provides all care according to physician orders. Involves the patient/family in the plan of care. Assesses environmental resources and obstacles to maintaining safety.
- Provides social services including short-term individual counseling, crisis intervention, assistance in providing information and preparation of advance directives and funeral planning issues, and transfer of responsibilities regarding fiscal, legal and health care decisions.
- Prepares clinical and progress notes. Submits notes according to agency policy.
- Identifies and utilized appropriate community resources and assesses patient/family ability to access them.
- Educates patients and families related to social service issues, including long-term placement, financial issues, and funeral planning.
- Identifies support systems available to reduce stress and facilitate coping with end-of-life care.
- Evaluates for long-term care when appropriate and assesses ability to accept change in level of care. Communicates psychosocial information to inpatient facility when level of care is changed.
- Identifies patient/family needs when discharged or when level of care changes.
- Assesses bereavement needs. Assesses need for counseling related to risk assessment for pathological grief.
- Serves as liaison between patients or families and community agencies.
- Participates in discharge planning.
- Participates in Interdisciplinary Care Team Meetings and assists in developing and reviewing care plans, admissions and discharges.
- Attends in-services and staff meetings as required.
- Provides educational programs to staff and community.
Haven Hospice, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with federal and state employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, protected genetic information, sex, parental status, national origin, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or Veteran status