Medical Social Worker
At Grace Hospice, our mission is for each employee to treat every patient as their own treasured loved one, providing care that affords a quality of life that outweighs quantity of days, and supports caregivers as their hearts find healing.
Our program ensures that our patients will spend the final days of their journey in comfort and with dignity. If you are caring, compassionate, and have a true desire to help others, becoming a member of the Grace Hospice team may be the perfect opportunity for you.
Some of the benefits and advantages of working with Grace Hospice Include:
- Grace Hospice is CHAP accredited and we are Members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
- We invest in our employees career development and growth.
- Comprehensive orientation programs for new hires
- Leadership Academy meetings held off-site regularly for continuous development of our site leadership team members (Office Manager, CS, DCS, and Administrator).
- Grace offers advancement opportunities.
- Grace Hospice has 27 locations across the U.S. and we are growing! This growth creates additional advancement opportunities for strong performers.
- We provide an innovative healthcare environment offering a clinical ladder.
- Grace is founded firmly on five pillars of excellence: People, Service, Quality, Finance, and Growth.
- Our environment offers collaboration and provides tools and programs to enhance our teams ability to provide excellent care.
- Our point-of-care system is state of the art: HomeCare HomeBase.
- Employees have access to referring physicians and other professional resources on a daily basis.
- Inter-disciplinary Team conferences are held regularly to discuss and optimize patient care.
- Our Meaningful Memories program is in development to provide exceptional patient experiences.
The Medical Social Worker (MSW) is a qualified professional who, in accordance with the plan of treatment, assists the physician and other team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the health problems. The MSW also participates in the development of the plan of treatment, prepares clinical and progress notes, works with the family, utilizes appropriate community resources, participates in discharge planning and in-service programs and acts as a consultant to other agency personnel.
Essential Duties and responsibilities
- Provide social casework as an entity, where appropriate, to individuals and families receiving nursing or other services from the Agency
- Prepare social histories according to specific guidelines to augment existing service or as a guide in determining or changing level of service taking into consideration:
- Family relationships
- The meaning of illness to the patient and his family
- The cultural attitudes in relationship to illness
- The meaning of home to the patient
- The ability of the patient and his family to adjust to the patient at home
- The financial impact of illness upon the family
- Assess, when appropriate, a family's financial situation taking into consideration the patient's prognosis and medical needs, and referring to an Agency for financial assistance if indicated, interpreting the medical situation to the referring Agency and generally facilitating the process of referral
- Respond to referrals for casework by Agency staff or professionals from outside the Agency providing service as appropriate
- Participate in Agency IDG team conferences identifying social problems, their severity, and their inter-relatedness to the medical situation, as well as assessing a family's strengths and weaknesses and discussing alternate methods of alleviating the situation
- Refer patients and families to community agencies with appropriate follow-up
- Participate in case conferences with other agencies
- Interpret social resources to staff and health services to special agencies
- Maintain absolute confidentiality of Agency records including, but not limited to, payroll, personnel, patient care, business plans, and financial information
- Maintain absolute confidentiality of patient's records
- Assist the physician and other team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the health programs
- Participate in the development of the plan of treatment
- Observe, record, and report information on the patient's condition to the attending physician and in the patient's health record
- Advise, counsel, and when appropriate, instruct the family in the patient's social needs
- Participate in discharge planning
- Participate in in-service education programs. Participation will be carried out by the Social Worker
- Participates in Performance Improvement activities
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned
REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Master's degree (MSW) from a school of Social Work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
- One (1) year of social work experience in a health care setting
- Must be board certified in the state of practice
- Automobile to be used for work, current drivers license, good driving record and proof of insurance
- Proficiency in clinical skills
- The ability to make sound professional clinical judgment
- The ability to assess and document patient needs and formulate individualized patient care plans to meet those needs
- Excellent verbal and written communication
- Proficiency in personal computer use including email, clinical, word processing, and spreadsheet software
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