Social Worker - Medical Palliative Care

Institution name:

St. Anthony's Hospice

Location:

Henderson, KY, United States, 42420

Description:

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The Social Worker, under the general direction of the Social Work Coordinator, is responsible in the provision of supportive services to help meet patient/family social, emotional, and economic needs for patients and their families who are under the care of St. Anthony’s Hospice and Palliative Care.

Qualifications:

• LCSW Preferred; or
• Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; or
• Have at least three (3) years of social work experience in the healthcare setting; or
• Must have current licensure with the State of Kentucky.
• Must have thorough knowledge of and demonstrate commitment to Hospice and Palliative Care philosophy.
Personal:
• Must carry a minimum of $100,000 automobile insurance.
• Must be able to pass Criminal Records Background Check.
• Must be able to pass the Driving Records Check upon hire and annually.

Responsibilities And Duties:
1. Provides critical psyco-social support to palliative care patients through the palliative care team.
2. Uses their professional background and skills to assist the team and ficilatate patient-family meetings and assist team, attending physicians, staff, and patient and family in the clarification of the goals of care and the plan of care.
3. Assists the Palliative Care Team in ensuring excellent patient care services, coordinating educational and outreach services, leading quality improvement initiatives and linking team efforts with outpatient, inpatient and community services.
4. Serves as a liaison with the hospice, hospital and other community health agencies to ensure care coordination and appropriate assignments and resource allocation to meet patient needs throughout the continuum of care.
5. Acts as a spokesperson for the palliative care program.
6. Performs comprehensive initial psychosocial and bereavement evaluations and assists in the development and implementation of goal-directed family care plan.
7. Conducts ongoing reassessments of patient/family needs and counseling as required
8. Provides short term crisis intervention and individual or family counseling when indicated.
9. Assumes the active role of advocate for the patient/family unit.
10. Observes, evaluates, and brings to team conferences information regarding psychosocial, spiritual, physical, and financial conditions affecting the patient and family.
11. Documents comprehensive psychosocial information clearly and concisely in a timely manner.
12. Participates as a member of the Counseling Services Team as assigned.
13. Develops and maintains contact with appropriate community agencies and services in order to promote interagency cooperation and to facilitate related referrals.
14. Communicate effectively and establish good interpersonal relationships with other employees, patient care team members.
15. Attends staff meetings, IDG Team and other meetings as assigned and appropriate.
16. Participates in committees, task forces and agency events as required.
17. Performs other assignments as may be appropriate.
18. This job description may be changed as the employer deems appropriate.

Physical Qualifications:
• Must be able to operate a motor vehicle to drive to and from patient homes or other assigned St. Anthony’s worksites.
• Must be able to remain in a stationary position to complete patient documentation.
• Must be able to frequently move throughout the patient’s home or contracted long term care facility or the office environment.
• Must be able to communicate verbally, via email or in writing with patients, caregivers, visitors, coworkers and physicians.
• Must be able to lift 30 pounds and push/pull 30 pounds, 4-6 times per day to perform essential job functions.
• Must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when there is a risk for exposure to blood, body fluids, cleaning chemicals and other potentially harmful substances while caring for patients or completing housekeeping duties.
• Must be able to use appropriate medical equipment and devices needed to care for and visit patients.
• Must be able to operate a computer and basic office equipment.

Affirmative Action Plan:

St. Anthony’s Hospice is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with regard to employment, race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age. Employment with St. Anthony’s Hospice does not constitute a contract for any set period of time, and any employee is free to quit at any time with or without a reason, just as St. Anthony’s Hospice may end that employment at any time with or without a reason.

Classification:

Full-time position.

Responsible To:

Social Service Coordinator
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.

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