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Social Worker /Bereavement Coordinator - (VR25443)

SOCIAL WORKER (BSW/MSW) - BEREAVEMENT COORDINATOR
PRIMARY FUNCTION
The Social Worker's (BSW/MSW) primary function is to provide psychosocial support to the patient/family unit based on an assessment that identifies the needs, goals, interventions and services indicated accordance with the established plan of care and to utilize professional training and personal judgment in monitoring the psychosocial assessment process.
The Bereavement Coordinator participates with other members of the interdisciplinary team in identifying the bereavement needs of the patient and family by defining goals which address individual needs and providing the highest quality service to meet those needs.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES - SOCIAL WORKER
Performs psychosocial assessments, case management, education and ongoing evaluation of patients and families.
Completes comprehensive psychosocial assessments within 5 days. Maintains an appropriate clinical record, completing documentation by the next business day. Develops a written plan of care to provide information and direction to other interdisciplinary team members regarding the provision of social work services. Participates in the team decision to admit and/or discharge patients to hospice services.
Assists with discharge planning by coordinating and ensuring that the plan is followed. Provides social work expertise regarding changes to the patient's level of care. Documents all findings, needs, problems, measurable goals, plans, interventions, and patient responses in the clinical record.
Communicates plans and changes to the physician and other members of the interdisciplinary team through the care plan, coordination notes, and participation in IDG meetings.
Provides casework/evaluation and service management of patients requiring information about, or monitoring of:
Family relationships;
Meaning of illness to the patient and his/her family;
Cultural and spiritual attitudes in relationship to illness;
Long Term Care Planning - including process for placement;
Facilitates bereavement group activities.
Maintains bereavement charts.
Assists in facilitating annual Memorial Services.
Schedules and facilitates a community program for dealing with the holidays.
Provides consultation and training to bereavement staff in other offices.
Provides monthly summary reports to include projects, phone calls, correspondence, groups, in-services, and cases closed.
Markets the company and bereavement services to the community and referral sources.
Participates in the coordination of the patient's hospice care and in the hospice's quality assessment
and performance improvement program.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Consistently promotes company's core values.
Completes required Curo annual training.
This is a safety-sensitive position
Advanced care planning expertise.
Monitors safety of patient environment, including following reporting policy regarding possible abuse/neglect and suicide, ability of patient and family to adjust to the care of the patient in the home; and, the financial impact of patient's illness upon the family.
Demonstrates teamwork and effective communication to accomplish patient, team and Curo goals.
Shares areas of expertise and initiates interdisciplinary referrals including community outreach regarding end of life care issues.
Educates team members and patient's families about community resources and how to access them appropriately
May negotiate and represent patients/families regarding community resources Represents patients/families in request for benevolent funds from Curo Foundation. Participates in training and in-service education and leads training modules relating to SW role in hospice process. This includes training/mentoring of newly hired social workers to include orientation, policy, standards and process review.
Assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the ongoing quality improvement process.
Acts as the field placement supervisor for social work students including the day-to-day supervision, evaluation, project management and communication/coordination with the university's field placement coordinator.
MSW- Supervises Social Workers with a Bachelor's degree per state and Curo policy. BSW- Works under the supervision of a Master of Social Worker per state and Curo policy.
May participate in the on-call rotation to deal with admissions, deaths and crises management.
Performs other activities as assigned.
Consistently promotes company's core values.
Completes required Curo annual training.
This is a safety-sensitive position.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES - BEREAVEMENT COORDINATOR
Participates with the team in providing for the bereavement needs of families through home visits, phone contact, group activities, memorial services, correspondence, and other types of personalized support.
Completes bereavement assessments per CoP's and Curo Policy and Procedures. Communicates with team members to provide and gather information to develop the family bereavement care plan and to coordinate needed services.
Maximizes family access to resources including volunteers, groups, and referrals to outside agencies.
Provides for the bereavement needs of staff, including volunteers
Provides education and training to team members, and community and contract agencies as requested by the supervisor, and assists them in understanding the psychosocial dynamics associated with illness, loss, and death.
This is a safety sensitive position.
QUALIFICATIONS - SOCIAL WORKER
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required.
Education: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Social Work from a CSWE School. A
degree in Human Services/Social Services may be considered.
Experience: One year experience as a Social Worker in a healthcare and/or hospice
setting is required; three to five years preferred.
Licenses, Certifications and/or Registration:
Licensure as required by the state in which the hospice is located.
CPR Certification
Current automobile insurance and valid driver's license
Equipment/Tools/Work-Aids: Must be able to operate computer, facsimile equipment, copier and cell phone/beeper. Must have and maintain transportation to be used for work.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of terminally ill patients and their families along with understanding of hospice and the psychosocial dynamics of illness, loss, and death; ability to apply knowledge of the special needs of hospice patient and families; knowledge of roles of all disciplines providing hospice services; knowledge of community resources; good oral and written communication skills; documentation management
Personal Traits, Qualities and Aptitudes: Sensitivity to the impact of life and death issues faced by individuals with terminal illness; tact in dealing with these patients and their families; ability to support others at a time of crisis; ability to cope with the stress of repeated loss. Must be able to demonstrate flexibility by performing a variety of tasks, often changing from one to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure. Communicate effectively with people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Responsible functioning in the work place, maturity, cooperation, flexibility, tact in dealing with co-workers and all members of the hospice team.
Working Conditions: Patient's homes and/or institutional setting and automobile travel. Potential exposure to infections, communicable diseases, odors, blood, excreta and hazardous materials.
QUALIFICATIONS - BEREAVEMENT COORDINATOR
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education: Undergraduate degree in human service field. Graduate degree if providing counseling or working under the guidance of a Master's level degreed professional.
Experience: Clinical experience in the areas of life-threatening and chronic illness, grief and loss counseling, individual, family and group therapy. Prefer three years related clinical experience in varied multi-disciplinary settings and one year experience in a healthcare setting.
Licenses, Certifications and/or Registration:
Meets Federal and State requirements for providing bereavement services
May have certification in bereavement services.
CPR Certification
Current automobile insurance and valid driver's license
Equipment/Tools/Work-Aids: Must be able to operate computer, facsimile equipment, copier and cell phone/beeper. Must have and maintain transportation to be used for work.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of terminally ill patients and their families along with understanding of hospice and the psychosocial dynamics of illness, loss, and death; ability to apply knowledge of the special needs of hospice patient and families; knowledge of roles of all disciplines providing hospice services; knowledge of community resources; good oral and written communication skills; documentation management; proficient in both public speaking and group facilitation skills.
Personal Traits, Qualities and Aptitudes: Sensitivity to the impact of life and death issues faced by individuals with terminal illness; tact in dealing with these patients and their families; ability to support others at a time of crisis; ability to cope with the stress of repeated loss. Must be able to demonstrate flexibility by performing a variety of tasks, often changing from one to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure. Communicate effectively with people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Responsible functioning in the work place, maturity, cooperation, flexibility, tact in dealing with co-workers and all members of the hospice team.
Working Conditions: Patient's homes and/or institutional setting and automobile travel. Potential exposure to infections, communicable diseases, odors, blood, excreta and hazardous materials.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an Employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be requested by individuals with disabilities to allow them to performthe essential functions.
Exchange information and communicate verbally and by written word
Must be able to read, write, and comprehend English
Demonstrate active listening skills
Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability
to adjust focus
Ambulate on rough surfaces and climb stairs
Endure long periods of driving
Stand, walk and/or sit for extended periods of time
Lift or move up to 25 lbs
The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
STANDARDS
Maintains high standards of integrity and business ethics.
Abides by company rules, policies and procedures, and applicable laws and regulations.
Conducts self in an honest, ethical manner.
Reports promptly any suspected violation of compliance standards via the open door policy.

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