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Hospice Social Worker

Company: Sage Hospice
Location: Draper
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY:The social worker is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for medical social services for Sage Hospice and Palliative Care.The hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.This position requires a LCSW, CSW or SSW license.MAJOR JOB FUNCTIONS:Promotes and practices the Sage Hospice and Palliative Care philosophy and mission: To provide the absolute most compassionate, comprehensive and qualified care to people with life-limiting illness in order to serve them through their individual journey with dignity, respect and integrity.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 case manager and other members of the interdisciplinary- nary group (IDG).Provides an assessment in the patient's identified residence and assistance when this is not safe, and another plan is required.Conducts social evaluations, including family dynamics, caregiver abilities, communication patterns, high-risk for suicide, neglect or abuse and plans for intervention based on evaluation findings.Counsels patients and family/caregivers as needed in relationship stress and other identified coping difficulties, providing crisis intervention when necessary. --- Assesses for, and educates the IDG, on any special needs related to the culture of the patient and family/caregiver. Includes communication, role of family, space and any other special traditions or taboos.Attends IDG meetings as a member of the IDG.Maintains clinical records on all patients as referred to social work. --- Educates patients and families/caregivers on, and assists in, preparation of advance directives.Provides information and referral services for patients and families/caregivers regarding practical and environmental needs.Provides information to patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.Serves as liaison between patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.Maintains collaborative relationships with Sage Hospice and Palliative Care personnel to support patient care.Maintains and develops contracts with public and private agencies as re- sources for patients and Sage Hospice and Palliative Care personnel.Participates in the development of the individualized plan of care, involving the patient and family and attends regularly scheduled IDG meetings, assisting the team in recognizing the effects of the psychosocial stresses on the symptoms of the terminal illness.Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems and death/dying issues.Advances professional knowledge and skills.Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.Accepts and performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.REQUIREMENTS:A Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, orA Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) 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*Minimum of one (1) years' experience in health care, hospice experience preferred.Valid driver's license and evidence of insurance coverage SKILLS/ABILITIES/KNOWLEDGE:Ability to work as a team memberKnowledge and commitment to hospice philosophyDemonstrates good verbal and written communication and organization skillsExpress or exchange ideas by means of the spoken wordCommunicate effectively with people of all socioeconomic backgroundsUnderstanding of grief response and experience with counseling individuals and/or in groups regarding lossPHYSICAL DEMANDS:Ability to remain alert and act in a safe manner in patient's homes and/or institutional settings with a potential exposure to infections, communicable diseases, odors, blood, excreta and hazardous materialsEndure long periods of drivingStand, walk and/or sit for extended periods of timeAmbulate on rough surfaces and climb stairs#ElevationUTInd

Keywords: Sage Hospice, Draper , Hospice Social Worker, Other , Draper, Utah

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