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Hospice Medical Social Worker

Cape Cod Healthcare

South Dennis, MA
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Hospice Medical Social Worker-180113-50005805
As an integral part of the Hospice IDT, the Social Worker is responsible for the delivery of support services to help meet the patients/families social, emotional and economic needs in relation to the impact of the terminal illness. The purpose of this position is to provide initial psychosocial evaluations, ongoing psychosocial counseling, direct casework services, bereavement services, and community education, outreach and referral.
  • Performs comprehensive initial psychosocial and bereavement evaluations and assists in the development and implementation of goal-directed patient/family care plan.
  • Conducts ongoing reassessments of patient/family needs and counseling as required.
  • Provides short term crisis intervention and individual or family counseling when indicated.
  • Assist patient/families in utilizing community resources.
  • Assess patient/family ability to meet financial obligations and offer appropriate resources and assist them as indicated.
  • Assist in discharge planning from hospice service when care is no longer appropriate.
  • Assist team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to care of this terminally ill patient and family.
  • Assess the strengths of patient and/or family, what social and internal stresses they face, what their coping capabilities are, what goals they seek.
  • Interprets agency services and policies to patient and family.
  • Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team and attends team meetings and case conferences. Assists the team in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the patient’s plan of care.
  • Manages caseload I assigned area in accordance with Agency policy.
  • Participates as a member of the Bereavement Team as assigned.
  • Observes, evaluates, and brings to team conferences information regarding psychosocial, spiritual, physical and financial conditions affecting the patient and family.
  • Assumes the active role as advocate for the patient/family unit.
  • Develops and maintains contact with appropriate community agencies and services in order to promote interagency cooperation and to facilitate related referrals.

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited school of social work with field experience in casework, plus one year social work experience, preferably in a health care setting and is licensed by the Board of Registration in Social Work.
  • The Medical Social Worker must be in possession of Level I or II licensure by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Level I: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) requires M.S.W. with two years clinical experience under supervision of an LICSW.
  • Level II: License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) requires M.S.W.

Schedule Details: Hospice Department%0A37.5 hours per week, Days%0ACoverage area: Orleans to Provincetown
Organization: Visiting Nurse Association
Primary Location: South Dennis
Department: VNA-Social Service Salary
Employee Classification: Regular-Regular
Shift: Day
Weekend Shifts: Rotating
Holiday Shifts: Rotating
Posting Start Date: Jan 15, 2018
Posting End Date: Ongoing
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