Social Worker/Bereavement Coordinator in Fishers, IN at Compassus

Date Posted: 10/24/2018

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POSITION SUMMARY:

The Social Worker is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Program, between the Program and other Company departments, and between the Program and all external stakeholders. The Social Worker provides preventive, educational, and evaluative and treatment services to meet the psychosocial needs of patients and their families, to help them improve, restore, and maintain their maximum level of coping.  The Social Worker utilizes community resources and the interdisciplinary team to aid in this process. S/he is responsible for applying the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Bereavement Coordinator is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Program, between the Program and other Company departments, and between the Program and all external stakeholders. The Bereavement Coordinator is a hospice-trained interdisciplinary team member who ensures grief counseling for the bereaved. S/he will oversee and ensure compliance of the bereavement department with corporate, state and federal mandates. S/he is responsible for applying the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES-Social Worker

  • Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives.  
  • Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, educational programs and community events, as requested.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
  • Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives.
  • Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.         
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
  • Functions as an IDT member. 
  • Completes psychosocial assessment on each assigned patient, as indicated by corporate policy.
  • Completes pre-bereavement of each assigned patient.
  • Completes Support Services Assessment, as appropriate.
  • Reviews and explains hospice services, as appropriate, to patient's financial classification.
  • Develops and updates care plans.
  • Attends team meetings and visits patients, as indicated.
  • Monitors hospitalizations and Medicare Part A admissions.
  • Secures revocations.
  • Attends care plan meetings at long term care facilities.
  • Provides direct social work services.  
  • Facilitates placements and monitors patient’s adjustment.
  • Coordinates care giving issues.
  • Facilitates discharge planning.
  • Explains and assists with advance directives.
  • Addresses financial concerns.
    • Completes financial assessment.
    • Contacts community agencies, as appropriate.
    • Initiates Medicaid Spend down.
    • Assesses appropriateness for Special Concern supplies.
    • Evaluates insurance concerns.
  • Develops and utilizes community resources.  
    • Supervises social work practicum students.
    • Develops and maintains working relationship with community agencies, i.e., long term care facilities, DFS, hospitals, social security office, V.A., etc.
    • Utilizes available community resources to meet family needs.
    • Works in cooperation with community agencies and lay groups.
    • Provides education and in-services to contract agencies, as appropriate.
  • Provides counseling to patient and family. 
    • Provides counseling to meet psychosocial needs of patient and family.
    • Collaborates with and provides information to hospice interdisciplinary team related to counseling    issues.
    • Provides crisis intervention to patient/family.
    • Refers to community counseling agencies, as indicated.
    • Offers and facilitates memorial services, as directed.
  • Other duties as performed or assigned.  

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES-Bereavement Coordinator

  • Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives.
  • Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, educational programs and community events, as requested.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance in record keeping and all other bereavement activities.
    • Ensures assessment of bereavement needs according to corporate, state, and federal regulations.
    • Develops, implements, and documents a plan of care according to identified needs.
    • Maintains bereavement records, as required by guidelines.
  • Trains staff, volunteers, and the public sector through in-services and public speaking.
    • Schedules presentations to community groups.
    • Recruits and retains volunteers and staff to provide grief support.
    • Assists in orientation and training of volunteers and staff to ensure they receive appropriate orientation and training, consistent with     acceptable standards of hospice practice.
    • Oversees bereavement follow-up by staff and volunteers.
  • Functions as an IDT member.
    • Attends IDT meetings and communicates needs of the pre-bereaved and current bereaved to IDT members.
    • Works closely with Social Worker following the pre-bereavement assessment to ascertain needs.
    • Prepares service reports, as requested by management.
  • Ensures provision of grief support to the bereaved.
    • Provides, or arranges for, grief counseling visits to meet the needs of the pre-bereavement Plan of Care and Post Death Bereavement Plan of Care.
    • Designs/obtains materials for distribution to families eligible for hospice bereavement services.
    • Organizes and conducts a minimum of two grief recovery support group sessions per year.
    • Assists with organizing and conducting annual memorial services for the entire census and any/or all LTCF memorial services, as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

“I love that we put the patient and family first in hospice. A life can come into a dark place and we can help them realize that it’s not as dark they think.”

-Shannon, Social Worker

At Compassus, we are dedicated to compassionate care, clinical excellence and providing comfort and support to patients and their families facing the end of life. For our team members, this is more than a career — it’s a calling.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Join our team today as a Hospice Social Worker to positively impact the experiences of our patients and families.

Position Summary

As a Social Worker, you will provide preventive, educational, and evaluative and treatment services to meet the psycho-social needs of patients and their families, to help them improve, restore, and maintain their maximum level of coping. You will utilize community resources and the members of the interdisciplinary team to aid in this process.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Provide direct social work services and counseling, facilitate placements and monitor patient’s adjustment
  • Complete assessments of each patient, review and explain hospice services, and address financial concerns for the family
  • Develop and utilize community resources
  • Maintain working relationships with community agencies
  • Provide education and in-services to contract agencies.

Qualifications

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • High sense of integrity
  • Understanding and acceptance of hospice philosophy
  • Ability to travel to patient homes and nursing facilities in the community
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • A valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance

Education, Experience, and Certifications

(A) Has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (preferred)

or

(B) Has a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; or a baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology, or other field related to social work; and has 1 year of social work experience in a healthcare setting and is supervised by an MSW

or

(C) Has a Bachelor’s Degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, is employed by Compassus before December 2, 2008, and is not required to be supervised by an MSW

State-specific certifications

  • Alabama – Minimum requirement of BSW and licensure in the state of Alabama
  • California – Minimum requirement of MSW and clinical experience relevant to the psychosocial needs of patients and families; an individual with a BSW is not qualified as a social worker in California
  • Colorado – Minimum requirement of BSW from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Master’s degree preferred (MSW)
  • Connecticut -  Minimum requirement of MSW from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; an individual with a BSW is not qualified as a social worker in Connecticut
  • Louisiana – Masters’ Degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and documented clinical experience appropriate to the counseling and casework needs of the terminally ill
  • Massachusetts - Social Worker means an individual who is currently licensed to practice social work under the licensure categories of Licensed Independent Practitioner of Clinical Social Work, or Licensed Certified Social Worker or Licensed Social Worker.
  • Mississippi - Masters’ Degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and at least one year of documented clinical experience appropriate to the counseling and casework needs of the terminally ill
  • New Hampshire – Masters’ degree from a graduate school of social work OR a bachelor’s degree in a related health or human services field, with at least 2 years’ experience as a social worker and the individual has established a consultative relationship with a masters’ prepared social worker
  • New Jersey - NJ defines social work practice in 2 ways – as clinical and non-clinical. 
    • Clinical social work includes:
      • Clinical assessment, clinical case work, psychotherapeutic counseling, individual advocacy, supervision of others in clinical/ non-clinical practice
      • Requires a Masters’ Degree in Social Work and Licensure in the state of New Jersey (LCSW or LSW)
    • Non-clinical social work includes:
      • Social work assessment, social work counseling, social work consultation and social work planning
      • Requires a bachelor’s degree in social work and Certification in the state of New Jersey (CSW)
  • New Mexico – Licensure is required, BSW is minimum education required but must be supervised by MSW, MSW is preferred education for hospice social worker
  • Ohio – Licensure required
  • Oklahoma – Licensure required
  • South Carolina – Licensure required
  • Texas - active licensure in the state of Texas as a master social worker (MSW) and one year of social work experience in a health care setting; or active licensure in the state of Texas as a baccalaureate social worker, one year of social work experience in a health care setting, and if employed by Compassus after December 2, 2008, must be supervised by a qualified MSW.
  • Wisconsin – minimum of BSW from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and certification by the state of Wisconsin
  • West Virginia – minimum of BSW and licensure according to education level (LSW = BSW + license, LMSW = MSW + license, LCSW = MSW + practice hours + license)

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