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Social Worker - Per Diem


Position Summary: Provide for the psychosocial and grief needs of assigned hospice patients while collaborating closely with the interdisciplinary team in developing and supporting the patients’ individualized plans of care. Assess and provide for the bereavement needs and counseling of families/ caregivers of deceased hospice patients for a period of 13 months post death. 

Essential Functions 

  • Provide social work as a member of the hospice interdisciplinary team to hospice patients across the life span, from infancy through old age.
  • Comprehensively assess hospice patients' psychosocial, emotional, environmental, bereavement, cultural, and socio-economic strengths, needs, deficits, and obstacles.
  • Collaboratively develop and support an individualized hospice plan of are with patients/families/caregivers and interdisciplinary team members to optimize patient/family psychosocial functioning and support patient goals and the EOL needs of the patient/family/caregiver.
  • Facilitate and support patient and family participation in treatment interventions, plan of care, family meetings, life review and memory making opportunities.
  • Provide emotional support, counseling and education to patients/families/caregivers to ease stress, support management of symptoms, and promote understanding and preparation for end of life both physically and emotionally.
  • Assist with informed end of life decision making and planning, through counseling and supportive problem solving around advance directives, power of attorney, funeral planning, additional caregiving needs and any obstacles that affect patient care and quality of life.
  • Provide guidance, assessment and intervention in emergent patient situations including, but not limited to, abuse/neglect, medication diversion, caregiver breakdown, suicidality and safety concerns.
  • Make community service referrals, as appropriate, to support patient/family/caregiver needs and goals.
  • Provide timely feedback and follow-up to patients, families, interdisciplinary team members, peers and community agencies.
  • Maintain and support proactive and ongoing communication with the patient/family and IDG.
  • Provide assessment and routine services in accordance with regulatory requirements and ensure that documentation is timely and accurate.
  • Facilitate discharge planning in accordance with regulatory requirements as well as patient/family needs.
  • Serve as a supportive, consultative and educational resource to the interdisciplinary team IDG, volunteers and community partners on issues ranging from culture and diversity, grief, end of life planning, and professional coping support for healthcare providers.
  • Complete condolence outreach and a bereavement assessment for hospice bereaved to establish a bereavement risk/priority level and bereavement plan of care for each bereaved.
  • Provide bereavement care to bereaved hospice families/caregivers, from early childhood through elders, for 13 months post patient death, following a timeline outlined in the Samaritan bereavement standards of care.
  • Provide grief support services to hospice bereaved through grief education, individual and group counseling, telephone outreach and facilitation of appropriate community referrals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education or Degree Required: Masters of Social Work from an accredited school of social work 

License/Certification Required: LSW or LCSW.  LCSW preferred, valid Driver’s License and Evidence of Auto Insurance

Related Experience and Training Required: At least 1 year medical or health related experience required after licensure or 900 hours of medical or health related internship related to a master’s program. Must have knowledge of community resources and ability to navigate EMR technology and technology used for telehealth service.

For more information, please email Daura Jones at djones@samaritannj.org.

Additional Info

Job Type : Part-time

Education Level : Masters

Experience Level : Not Applicable

Job Function : General

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