Hospice Medical Social Worker
Company: Anchor Health
Posted on: January 24, 2023
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The Medical Social Worker (MSW) is responsible for assisting
patients and families/caregivers with both the social and emotional
issues and practical arrangements related to the patient's illness.
The MSW is an integral member of the hospice interdisciplinary team
and will provide on-going assessments, information, treatment
planning and coordination to meet the needs of patients and
- - - - - - - -Assesses the psychosocial status of patients and
families/caregivers related to the patients terminal illness and
environment and communicates findings to the registered nurse and
other members of the interdisciplinary group. - Provides an
assessment in the patients identified residence and assistance when
this is not safe and another plan is required.
- - - - - - - -Carries out social evaluations, including family
dynamics, caregiver abilities, communication patterns, high-risks
for suicide, neglect or abuse and plans intervention based on
evaluation findings. Counsels patient and family/caregivers as
needed in relationship to stress, and other identified coping
difficulties. Provides crisis intervention when necessary.
- - - - - - - -Assesses for, and educates interdisciplinary group,
on any special needs related to the culture of the patient and
family. - -Includes communication, role of family, space, and any
special traditions or taboos.
- - - - - - - -Maintains clinical records on all patients referred
to social work.
- - - - - - - -Educates patients and families on, and assists in,
preparation of advanced directives.
- - - - - - - -Provides information and referral services for
organization patients ond 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
organization personnel to support patient care.
- - - - - - - -Maintains and develops contracts with public and
private agencies as resources for patient and personnel.
- - - - - - - -Participates in the development of the
individualized plan of care, involving the patient and family, and
attends regularly scheduled interdisciplinary group 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.
- - - - - - - -Actively participates in quality assessment
performance improvement teams and activities.
- - - - - - - -Assists family and patient in planning for funeral
arrangements, financial, legal, and health care decision
- - - - - - - -Other duties as delegated by the Clinical
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.
- - - - - - - -Ability to travel throughout the assigned geography
per job requirements.
- - - - - - - -Thorough knowledge of community resources or the
desire/ability to obtain this knowledge.
- - - - - - - -Knowledge of key psychosocial issues prevalent with
terminally ill patients and their family/caregivers, including the
knowledge of effective psychosocial interventions to address those
- - - - - - - -Ability to relate and work collaboratively with
other members of an interdisciplinary team.
- - - - - - - -Excellent listening and communication skills.
- - - - - - - -Ability to be an effective patient and family
- - - - - - - -A graduate of a Master's program in social work
(MSW) accredited by -the Council on Social Work Education.
o - - -OR
- - - - - - - -A graduate of a bachelor's program in social work
-accredited by -the Council on Social Work Education. - -Meets
personnel qualifications stated in 418.114(b)(3)
- - - - - - - -Minimum of one-year social work experience in a
health care setting, hospice experience preferred. - -Understands
hospice philosophy, and issues of death/dying.
- - - - - - - -Experience in hospice care preferred.
- - - - - - - -Demonstrates good verbal and written communication,
and organization skills.
- - - - - - - -Possesses and maintains current CPR
- - - - - - - -Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is
insured in accordance with state or organization requirements and
is in good working order.
FULL TIME EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INCLUDED:
- - - - - - -Competitive compensation
- - - - - - -Health, dental, vision, life and disability
- - - - - - -401(k) plan with numerous investment options and
generous company match
- - - - - - -Paid Time Off
Keywords: Anchor Health, Novato , Hospice Medical Social Worker, Healthcare , Novato, California
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