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Medical Social Worker

Job ID: 95505 Date posted: May 06, 2019

  • Sharp HospiceCare
  • Hospice Med Soc'l Worker
  • Social Worker Jobs
  • Day Job
  • Full-Time

Responsibilities

Summary

This position is for a Hospice Home social worker, and will focus strongly on discharge planning for patients in the Hospice Homes, who require discharge. The Medical Social Worker comprehensively assess psychosocial needs of hospice patients and families initially and throughout the plan of care. This position also utilizes therapeutic counseling and skilled interventions to meet the needs of patients and families dealing with terminal illness.  Provides community resource information to patients and families to meet their individuals needs.  Comprehensively assess bereavement needs of families and utilizes therapeutic counseling  to meet psychosocial needs of the grieving family.  Effectively coordinates care with interdisciplinary team.  Completes timely, thorough, individualized patient documentation.

The social service department provides end of life counseling and resource services to the hospice patients and their family members.  All social workers are master prepared and specialize in the area of death and dying.  The department consists of medical social workers who work closely within an interdisciplinary model to provide a holistic approach to end of life care.  All clinicians are provided cell phones and lap tops that so that communication and documentation is timely in the patient's electronic medical record. 

Sharp HospiceCare is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and compassionate support to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses, along with their families and friends. Services range from relief of physical discomfort to emotional and spiritual support.  Sharp HospiceCare also provides “pre-hospice” home based palliative care consultation for patients with advanced illness such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dementia.


Sharp HospiceCare provides in-home services and also provides the region’s first freestanding hospice homes, LakeView Home in La Mesa, ParkView Home in Del Cerro, and BonitaView in Bonita, which offers end-of-life patients an alternative to nursing-home placement.  The homes — staffed 24 hours a day by licensed nurses — offer a comfortable and supportive environment for up to four to six patients at one time in each home.



 

Location

This position is located in La Mesa, San Diego County

 

Hours

8-hour shift: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, weekends as needed

 

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Social Work
  • Five years post graduate social work experience
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, drive a car and have own transportation to complete home visits

  • Excellent communication, problem solving, and documentation skills 

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of end of life issues as it relates to psychosocial process

  • Strong discharge planning skills

  • Strong assessment and counseling skills

 

 

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Hospice and/or hospital experience
  • LCSW certification
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

 

Physical requirements may be discussed at interview.

 

Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

 

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