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Hospice Social Worker (SW) FT - Hershey/Harrisburg Assisted Living Communities

at Lifesong Hospice
Location Hershey/Harrisburg, United States
Date Posted January 9, 2019
Category Harrisburg (Lifesong Hospice)
Job Type Full-time
Company Name Lifesong Hospice


Lifesong Hospice and Palliative Care is a new subsidiary of Country Meadows and Providence Place Retirement Communities.

Medical Social Worker
An employee’s job title is only the beginning of who he/she is to our patients because here, each employee serves a position and a purpose. We care for our patients the way we all would want to be treated: with dignity, compassion and respect. To honor the care and commitment that they offer to our patients every day, we work hard to provide a rich benefit package, an environment which encourages career development and competitive compensation.
The medical social worker is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for medical social work services and to provide medically-oriented social work services to assist patients and families with psychosocial and discharge planning needs enabling them to effectively utilize medical care, achieve their optimal level of health and effect a safe and timely discharge.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

1. Assesses the psychosocial 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 assists when the environment is  not safe and another plan is required.
2. Carries out psychosocial assessments and plans interventions based on evaluation findings.  Counsels patient and family/caregivers as needed in relationship to stress,  and other identified coping difficulties.
3. Completes the comprehensive psychosocial Plan of Care within 5 (five) calendar days of admission for all assigned patients.
4. Maintains clinical records on all patients referred to social work; completes documentation by the end of the day of visit completion.
5. Provides information and referral services for organization, patients, and families/caregivers regarding practical and environmental needs.
6. Provides any necessary information to patients and families/caregivers, and community agencies within 24 hours of visit completion.
7. Collaborates with the physician and hospice nurse to assist patients and families in the completion of advanced directives, end of life documents and funeral  arrangements.
8. Serves as liaison between patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.
9. Maintains collaborative relationships with organization personnel to support patient care.
10. Maintains and develops contacts with public and private agencies as resources for patient and personnel.
11. Participates in the development of the individualized plan of care and attends regularly scheduled interdisciplinary group meetings.
12. Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems and death/dying issues.
13. Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
14. 24/7 on call coverage in rotation with other supportive care staff.
15. Other duties as delegated by the Team Director/Director of Clinical Operations.

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.

Work Environment

This position requires the individual to:
• Stand/walk up to six hours per day.
• Drive throughout service territory.
• Sit up to four hours per day.
• Occasionally support up to 50 lbs.
• Occasionally lift/carry up to 20 lbs.
• Occasionally kneel, bend, and reach.
• Secure proper assistance for transferring and lifting of residents as needed.
• Requires standing, walking, twisting, bending, pushing, kneeling, stooping, stretching and minimal lifting.
• Requires normal range hearing and vision, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
• Must be capable of operating: computer, telephone, fax machine, copier and other general office equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

• A graduate of a master’s program in social work accredited by the Counsel on Social Work Education.
• Licensed as a LCSW highly desirable.
• Minimum of 1 (one)  year of experience in healthcare, hospice experience preferred.
• Understands hospice philosophy, and issues of death/dying.
• Demonstrates good verbal and written communications, and organizational skills.
• Self-directed and able to organize and prioritize workload independently
• High proficiency with Microsoft Office, cellular technology, and EMR required.
• Possesses and maintains current CPR certification or obtained within 30 days of hire.
• Must maintain a state drivers’ license in good standing, and maintain an automobile in good working order, one that is insured in accordance with applicable state laws.



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