Careline Health Group is a Hospice agency, and we are currently in the process of looking for a Medical Social Worker to join our team of professionals that are dedicated to serving those affected by life limiting disease. We are searching for an upbeat and personable individual to work as part of a team in delivering care to patients. Please contact us if you want to love what you do.
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and Life Insurance
- Paid Time Off (PTO)
- Mileage Reimbursement
The Hospice Medical Social Worker is a trained professional Social Worker who assists patients living with terminal illness. Coordinates care to enhance the patient’s quality of life and counsels him/her and their family/caregiver as they journey through the end stage of life. Remains with the patient from beginning to end, easing some of the family’s burden by handling the day-to-day details of the client’s medical care. Establishes, implements, and evaluates goals and objectives for social services to meet and promote the standards of quality and contribute to Careline Health Group's mission and philosophy. This is accomplished by making regular visits to patients wherever they reside, communicating regularly with the Interdisciplinary Team, medical director, identifying patient, family, caregiver needs and providing for those needs in accordance with the attending physician’s orders and the plan of care. This position requires the ability to build rapport and communicate effectively with patients, families, physicians, facilities, and other team members.
- Assesses the psycho-social 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 psycho-social 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.
The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description.
- A graduate of a master's degree program in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
- Minimum of one (1) year's experience in health care.
- Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills.
- Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state or organization requirements and is in good working order.
- One (1) or more years' experience in Hospice.
- Understands hospice philosophy and issues of death/dying.