The social worker is the member of the interdisciplinary team whose primary function is to provide diagnostic assessments of the psychosocial and economic needs of the patient/family unit, define social service goals for alleviating these needs and help provide both the counseling and casework needed to meet these goals.
Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities
• Participates in the preparation, evaluation and implementation of the interdisciplinary plan of care to assure that the highest quality of social services is offered to patients/families and that the goals of continuity and comprehensiveness of care are achieved.
• Provides psychosocial assessments and counseling to patients/families.
• Maintains appropriate documentation in the hospice patient chart.
• Attends Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) meetings for case review and development of plan of care.
• Participates in in-service education programs.
• Assists in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with community medical/health care services.
• Act as a resource for other IDT members of the interdisciplinary team at the direction of the team manager.
• Performs additional tasks as assigned by DPCS.
• Knowledge of stress of repeated loss as well as to provide support to the rest of the team
• Knowledge of community resources and the ability to utilize these resources.
• Knowledge of the end of life process and bereavement.
• Capacity to relate and work as a member of an IDT.
• Knowledge of non-invasive pain and symptom control.
• Knowledge of relaxation therapy, guided imagery and visualization for selected patients.
Professional Requirements and Required Certification/Licensure
• Masters in Social Work or Licensure in clinical social work
• One to two years of experience in hospice or home health social work
• Supervisory experience desired
• Demonstrates the ability to use good listening and communication skills.