- The Hospice Social Worker assesses the needs of & provides assistance to patients, residents & their significant others coping with a terminal illness. Works with the interdisciplinary team to prepare a plan of care. Prepares & updates social work case records documenting assessments, problems, therapies & progress. Directs patients to appropriate community resources; provides bereavement services, including groups. One day a week (Thursdays) the hours are from 12:30-8:30pm.
- Provision of direct social work service
- Interviews patients/significant others to obtain psycho-social assessment
- Maintains social work narratives including nature of problem, intervention & progress.
- Makes home visits to provide support, social work services, bereavement counseling.
- Attends weekly team meetings to share, review & revise patient/family interdisciplinary plan of care.
- Documentation to be completed within a week of service.
- Communicates effectively with other interdisciplinary team members
- Obtains necessary medical, nursing & other staff insights from appropriate hospice personnel &/or medical records to assist in meeting & determining patient’s needs
- Communicates with other team members exchanging information re: social, emotional & environmental problems which may affect patients’ response to treatment.
- Provides concrete social work service
- Provides advice & guidance to patients to resolve social, emotional & long range financial problems associated with terminal illness, disability, family conflict, etc
- Directs patients to designated community services for financial assistance, long term family counseling & so forth
- Accepts responsibility for own continuing education
- Attends at least 5-6 in-service & community education offerings annually.
- Maintains current knowledge of social work & hospice trends by reading appropriate journals & utilizing other resources.
- Willingly precepts students & participates in new employee orientation.
- Participates in community & volunteer education programs
- Must attend volunteer training program .
- Bereavement Services
- Plans, implements & supervises bereavement for assigned hospice families.
- Assists the Director of Pastoral care with Memorial Services.
Ability to provide own transportation, must possess a New York State Driver’s license.
Ability to read understand & interpret map
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