Primary Responsibilities $2,500 SIGN ON BONUS!!!
As a member of the interdisciplinary team, the social worker reports to a Clinical Manager, and is responsible for planning and providing supportive services to terminally ill patients and families.
The social worker is responsible for identifying patient/family psychosocial needs, and for addressing those needs through direct service and/or consultation with other staff members in accordance with the hospice plan of care.Qualifications:
- Master's degree in social work or related field (accepted to obtain social workers license) required.
- Current Massachusetts social work licensure (LICSW preferred, LCSW accepted with appropriate work experience).
- Minimum three years counseling experience preferred.
- Experience counseling terminally ill persons and their families; knowledge of the health care
- delivery system and community resources.
- Experience and training in leading support groups, and skill in the area of family psychosocial assessment.
- Demonstrated ability to assess and respond to the needs of patients and families in varied settings.
- Demonstrated understanding of hospice philosophy and principles.
- Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, flexible and cooperative in fulfilling role obligation, and ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team.
- Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or organization requirements and in good working order.
Team Concept:Works with the interdisciplinary team to plan and coordinate care.
- Participates in Interdisciplinary Team Meetings, case conferences and other forums and facilitates discussion of issues from caseload for full staff participation, consultation and evaluation.
- Works as a team member in promoting harmonious working relationships.
- Assists team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the care of the terminally ill patient and the family.
- Assesses environmental resources and obstacles for maintaining safety.
- Assesses special needs related to cultural diversity, including communication, space, role of family members and special traditions.
- Identifies the developmental level of patient/family and obstacles to learning or ability to participate in the care of the patient.
- Participates in coverage for other social work staff as requested to meet patient/family needs.
- Assists patients, families, and hospice staff in the appropriate utilization of community resources.
- Maintains regular communication with physicians and primary nurses and chaplains, keeping them informed of unusual or potentially problematic patient/family issues.
- Shares in providing 24 hour, seven day a week social work coverage to patients/families.
- Participates in the orientation, training and coordination of hospice volunteers.
Patient Care:Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the care of hospice patients in the home care, skilled nursing facility, and inpatient settings.
- Assesses patient/family's psychosocial response to terminal illness, evaluating their coping skills in crisis situations. Re-assesses at regular intervals.
- Assesses family's bereavement risk, and re-assesses at regular intervals.
- Provides appropriate support and counseling to patients and family members/caregivers during illness, and at time of patient's death.
- Provides appropriate support to families in bereavement, including making follow-up bereavement visits and providing input into the bereavement risk assessment and bereavement plan of care.
- Is alert for signs of high-risk psychosocial situations (e.g., abuse/neglect, substance abuse, etc.), and refers patient/family to community resources as appropriate.
- Explores and evaluates patient's financial situation and offers appropriate resources as indicated.
- Actively involves patients and families in the planning and provision of care.
- Anticipates and intervenes in potential problem situations before they arise.
- Maintains up-to-date clinical documentation ensuring that problems, plan, actions and goals are accurately and clearly stated, and changes are reflected as they occur.
- Completes documentation for discharged patients within established time frame.
- Achieves defined productivity standards re: caseload and visits per day/week.
- Maintains a liaison relationship with hospital social work departments, nursing homes and community agencies in order to facilitate referrals and enhance continuity of care.
- Remains flexible and adaptable to patient needs by reprioritizing work for maximum efficiency.
- Facilitates bereavement support groups as requested.
- Perform other duties assigned as required or requested.