Hospice Medical Social Worker, LMSW

Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice - Saginaw, MI (30+ days ago)3.9

Full-time

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Hospice Medical Social Worker (Grand Blanc/Fenton to Saginaw/Midland/Bay City)

Residential Hospice is dedicated to providing patients with the physical, emotional, social and spiritual care they need through compassion, comfort and continuity of care. View all of our openings at http://www.residentialhomehealth.com/careers/

Looking for Full-Time Medical Social worker with Hospice experience. This person will cover the Hospice service area.

SUMMARY: The social worker is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for medical social work services. Assesses the psychosocial status of patients and families/caregivers related to the patient's terminal illness and environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as necessary.
Assesses the psychosocial status of patients and families/caregivers related to the patient's terminal illness and environment and communicates findings to the registered nurse and other members of the interdisciplinary group.Provides an assessment in the patient's identified residence and assistance when this is not safe and another plan is required.
Carries out social evaluations, including family dynamics, caregiver abilities, communication patterns, high-risks for suicide, neglect or abuse and plans intervention based on evaluation findings.Counsels patient and family/caregivers as needed in relationship to stress, and other identified coping difficulties.Provides crisis intervention when necessary.
Assesses for, and educates interdisciplinary group, on any special needs related to the culture of the patient and family.Includes communication, role of family, space, and any special traditions or taboos.
Maintains clinical records on all patients referred to social work.
Educates patients and families on, and assists in, preparation of advanced directives.
Provides information and referral services for organization patients and families/caregivers regarding practical and environmental needs.
Provides information to patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.
Serves as liaison between patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.
Maintains collaborative relationships with organization personnel to support patient care.
Maintains and develops contracts with public and private agencies as resources for patient and personnel.
Participates in the development of the individualized plan of care, involving the patient and family, and attends regularly scheduled interdisciplinary group meetings, assisting the team in recognizing the effects of the psychosocial stresses on the symptoms of the terminal illness.
Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems and death/dying issues.
Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
Assists family and patient in planning for funeral arrangements, financial, legal, and health care decision responsibilities.
Prepares and maintains clinical documentation according to Agency policies and acceptable standards.
All other duties assigned by supervisor.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to work as a member of interdisciplinary group.
Ability to accept different lifestyles, cultures, beliefs, and values.
Knowledge and commitment to hospice philosophy.
Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills.
Good organizational skills.
Must be empathetic, non-judgmental, tactful, responsible, and organized.
Must understand the team approach and be a supportive team member.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Have a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and one (1) year of experience in a health care setting.
Experience working with death and dying.
At least one (1) year of hospice experience.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must have and maintain a valid Michigan Driver's License, maintain automobile insurance coverage and have access to a reliable automobile. Must have and maintain in good standing professional license, certificate or registration. Possesses and maintains current CPR Certification.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee travels by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions.
Employee will be required to drive daily for meetings and/or visits to residential homes. Employee will work in varied residential environments, including but not limited to nursing homes based on assigned caseload.

COMMENTS:This description is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions and the essential requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and requirements of a person so classified. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the duties at any time.