Social Worker - Hospice
October 10, 2020
Social Worker - Hospice
Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky
Owensboro, KY 42301
• Experience: • social work, 1 year (Required)
• Education: • Bachelor's (Required)
Full Job Description
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Social Worker provides emotional support and linkage to community resources for patients and families, based on an ongoing social worker assessment of need. The Social Worker plans, implements, and evaluates care through systematic assessment of psycho social needs. Participates with community support groups and bereavement care.
- As part of the Comprehensive Assessment the psychosocial assessment is to be completed within 5 days of admission. All other documentation is to be completed within 48 hours.
- Conducts regular social worker visits following the initial assessment according to the needs of the patient and/or the family.
- In an instance where all contact has not been declined, the social worker will make at least monthly phone contact and document level need and plans for any follow-up.
- Coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator in requesting and monitoring volunteer services.
- Assesses accurate insurance information on patient and assists patient/family with obtaining insurance, disability, Medicaid, etc., if needed.
- Coordinates with the hospice Billing Clerk to provide information regarding current insurance coverage.
- Shall formulate a comprehensive social work plan of care for the client admitted to hospice and collaborate in the formulation of the overall client care plan, as evidenced by a written individualized plan of care.
- Initiate a written care plan individualized and specific to the needs of the client and addressed in subsequent progress notes.
- Inform client/family of the social work plan and utilizes client/family involvement.
- Review existing care plan to revise and update according to protocol.
- Identifies psycho social problems and establishes goals that are pertinent, personalized measurable as evidenced by documentation.
- Participates in bereavement events (socials, workshops, educational series, and support groups) annual memorial services.
- Shall implement care based on assessment data as well as a sound knowledge base as evidence by documentation of written records, observation of performance, and reporting of actions.
- Visits assigned patients as need for emotional support.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Hospice philosophy, including Medicare/Medicaid Hospice Benefit.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Advance Directives.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the dying process including grief, bereavement, and stages of grief.
- Provides bereavement/grief support to patient/family.
- Assists patient/family with financial concerns.
- Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with community agencies in the interest of patients currently known or being referred to them.
- Attends visitation and/or funeral of patient when possible.
- Assists in discharge planning from hospice services when patient is no longer appropriate.
- Assists patient/family with making funeral arrangements, if requested.
- Demonstrate knowledge of federal, state, and local resources for patients when appropriate, and assist families/patients in obtaining these resources.
- Participate in social worker on-call, as scheduled.
- Participate in the QAPI process by collecting and organizing data as assigned.
- Attend staff meetings to remain current in departmental policy and procedures, as evidenced by attendance roster.
- Document patient care on the progress note in accordance with agencies policies to ensure completeness of medical record, as evidence by random chart audit.
- Communicate with other team members concerning changes in patient conditions.
- Participate in conferences to provide continuing updates on knowledge and skill, as evidenced by CEU’s.
- Supervise College of Social Work field practicum students.
- Participate in orientation, in-service training programs and mandatory meetings.
- Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
- Master’s of Social Work Degree required
- Must be a Licensed Social Worker.
- At least one year experience in health care setting.
- Knowledge of current medical terminology.
- Ability to comprehend applicable federal, state and local regulations and policies, procedures and programs.
- Hospice experience with knowledge of social services regulations preferred.
- Personal qualities of empathy, responsibility, dependability, and intelligence.
- Must sign and abide by HWKY Code of Ethics.
- Must demonstrate effective communication skills with team members, clients, and family members.
- Must carry the Kentucky state minimum vehicle liability insurance.
- Must have the ability to work independent of direct on-site supervision.
- Demonstrate leadership and teaching ability.
- Must be able to participate in Federal and State Health Care Programs.
- Must be able to pass Kentucky National Background Check Program.
- Must be able to pass Driving Records Check upon hire and annually.
- Must be able to pass the Sex Offender Website Check.
- Must be able to pass the Abuse Registry Check.
- Request or deny the Hepatitis B Vaccination.
- Receive a yearly TB skin test.
- Receive or deny yearly influenza vaccination.
- Must have current driver’s license, and arrange travel to and from work.
- Must be able to access patient homes independently.
- Must demonstrate proper use of personal protective equipment and observe universal precautions.
- Is willing to work beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Excellent Benefits Package
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $0.00 per hour
• Dental insurance
• Employee assistance program
• Flexible spending account
• Health insurance
• Life insurance
• Paid time off
• Tuition reimbursement
• Vision insurance
• 8 hour shift
• social work: 1 year (Required)
• Bachelor's (Required)
• One location