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Social Worker - Hospice - Full Time - Days

Monroe, Michigan
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Description

Responsible to provide patients and families psychosocial care regarding economic, social and emotional needs underthe direction and supervision of the Medical Social Worker.

General Responsibilities

• Assess patient/family factors to estimate capacity to cope with diseases, terminal illness and death.
• Provides counseling services to the patient and family per organization’s policies.
• Assists patient/family in utilizing community resources.
• Assists patient/family with financial obligations, assesses appropriate resources.
• Evaluates patient’s insurance coverage and pursues options for financial assistance if needed.
• Submits paperwork in a timely manner to update and maintain patient medical records.
• Assists in discharge planning from hospitals to homes.
• Assists in nursing home placement of patients
• Participates in on call social work services.
• Provides counseling to staff, as requested..
• Participates in regularly scheduled interdisciplinary team meetings to coordinate the care of the patient and family, exchange information and problem solve, and receive staff support and in-service information.
• Ensure growth & profitability of the company through the responsible use of company resources and educating the community to our services.<br /> • Assesses and evaluates patient’s level of care needs and caregiver needs for respite care & reports changes/concerns to the Medical Social Worker.<br /> • Participates in agency quality assessment performance improvement (QAPI) programs.
• Applies the policies and procedures of the agency and the rules and regulations of federal and state regulatory agencies and other certified agencies in providing care.
• Willingly accepts direction from Director of Professional Services/Patient Care Coordinator/Medical Social Worker.
• Meets or exceeds established productivity standards.
• Adheres to established personnel policies.
• Accepts other assignments deemed appropriate.

 

General Responsibilities (Hospice Only)

• Assesses emotional factors related to terminal illness.
• Assists the physician and other IDT/IDG members in recognizing and understanding the social/mental stress and/or disorder that exacerbates the symptoms related to terminal illness.
• Assesses the patient/family psychosocial status, potential for risk of suicide and/or abuse or neglect.
• Assesses environmental resources and obstacles to maintaining safety.
• Participates in the development and revision of the plan of care.
• Provides social services including:
• Short-term individual counseling
• Crisis intervention
• Assistance in providing information and preparation of advance directives
• Funeral planning issues and transfer of responsibilities regarding fiscal, legal and health care decisions
• Prepares clinical and progress notes.
• Identifies family dynamics and communication patterns.
• Involves the patient/family in the plan of care.
• Identifies and utilizes appropriate community resources and assesses patient/family ability to access them.
• Participates in in-service programs.
• Evaluates patient/family response to psychosocial interventions.
• Assesses caregiver’s ability to function adequately.
• Assesses need for counseling related to risk assessment for pathological grief.
• Assesses special needs related to cultural diversity including communication, space, role of family members and special traditions.
• Identifying the developmental level of patient/family and obstacles to learning or ability to participate in care of patient.
• Addresses patient/family questions and issues.
• Identifies obstacles to compliance and assists in understanding goals of interventions.
• Identifies support systems available to reduce stress and facilitate coping with end-of-life care.
• Evaluates for long-term care when appropriate and assesses ability to accept change in level of care.
• Communicates psychosocial information to in patient facility when level of care is changed.
• Assists patient/family in assessing financial resources when appropriate.
• Identifies patient/family needs when discharged or when level of care changes.
• Evaluates patient/family response to interventions when referred to community agency and satisfaction of the service provided.
• Assesses bereavement needs.


Education
• Bachelors Degree in Social Work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or a baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology or other field related to social work. All Social Workers hired  without a Masters degree after 12/2/08 must be supervised by a MSW. May require licensure or certificate as required in the state in which he/she practices, according to state guidelines. Must be in good standing in the state in which he/she practices.

 

Qualifications
• Demonstrate problem solving and decision making abilities.
• Demonstrated ability to work well with an interdisciplinary team.
• Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, and interpersonal relations and organization.
• Ability to develop and maintain rapport with the patient and family.

 

Experience
• Experience of a least one year in varied multidisciplinary settings in the health care field.
• Experience in working with patients and families coping with terminal illness and death.

 

Physical Demands
• Lifting 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; Walking,
standing, talking, hearing, pushing, fingering, reaching, seeing, stooping, smelling, depth perception, color vision.

 

Travel
• Necessary on a daily basis; 100%.

 

Working Conditions
• Client home/living facilities.
• Exposure to disagreeable conditions including odors, infection, illness, and physical contact from disruptive patients.
• Must be flexible to accommodate completion of tasks, patient needs & referrals.</p>

 

Principal Contacts

  • Field staff, patients, families, physicians, office staff, and community health care provider.

 

 

ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit health and well-being organization headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. It serves communities in 28 states.The organization offers acute and ambulatory care, an insurance company with a dental plan, and post-acute and academic business lines. The organization has more than 49,000 employees, 12 hospitals, 2,500+ physicians and advanced practice providers with privileges, 1,000+ healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians, a health plan, and 330+ assisted living facilities, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, memory care communities, and hospice and home health care agencies. Driven by its Mission to improve your health and well-being, ProMedica has been nationally recognized for its advocacy programs and efforts to address social determinants of health. For more information about ProMedica, please visit www.promedica.org/aboutus.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,  age, disability, military or veteran status, height, weight, familial or marital status, or genetics.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug-Free Workplace
 

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