?Summary: 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.
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.
* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.