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Full Time Hospice Social Worker

Company: Iowa City Hospice
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: July 14, 2019

Job Description:

Iowa City Hospice is a community-oriented, not-for-profit organization that offers a work life balance culture and includes a professional interdisciplinary team who provide exceptional patient-centered palliative care and grief support services to patients and families regardless of disease, age, background or ability to pay.
Iowa City Hospice has a Full Time Social Worker position open. The position is responsible for providing psycho social support to patients and families, psycho social assessment, support of the patient/family from time of admission of the patient until the death of the patient and assessing the bereavement needs of the patients survivors; therefore, we are seeking candidates with a exceptional communication skills that provides a nice mixture of attention to detail, a love of new challenges and follow through that assures stability in an ever changing work environment.

Essential Job Functions (including but not limited to):

  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the patient including a psychosocial assessment to evaluate the patient/caregivers emotional, social, financial, and environmental resources and identify appropriate psychosocial problems, interventions and goals for the patients plan of care.
  • Participate as a member of the Iowa City Hospice Interdisciplinary Team in the development and implementation of the patients plan of care.
  • Conduct informational visits to provide patients and family members an overview of all the Iowa City Hospice services and explain consent forms that initiate care.
  • Provide direct social work services and interventions according to the patients plan of care.
  • identify the patient/caregivers psychosocial needs;
  • assist the patient/caregiver with advance directives;
  • assess and strengthening the patient/caregivers coping skills;
  • assess and enhancing the responsiveness of the environment and connecting the patient/caregiver with community resources as needed.
  • provide interventions for specific symptom relief (such as fear, grief, depression, anger, etc)
  • screen for psychopathology and providing education and interventions accordingly;
  • enhance the strengths of the family system;
  • assess and refer for bereavement services;
  • provide assistance with housing, welfare and safety issues as needed;
  • help the patient/caregiver to access financial, legal or other services as needed;
  • document problems, assessment finds, goals, care provided, interventions and patient/caregiver response to care;
  • maintain the dignity of the dying patient; support the patient/caregivers spiritual and cultural beliefs; the interdisciplinary team and care partners; report suspected cases of abuse or neglect;
  • assist with funeral planning as needed.
  • Reassess the patient/caregiver needs every 15 days and, with the Interdisciplinary Team, update the patients plan of care.
  • Documents all care provided in the patients clinical record in accordance with Iowa City Hospices documentation requirements.
  • Serve as an educational source to staff, care partners and community.
  • Adhere to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the organization.
  • Participate in Iowa City Hospices success by ensuring access to our exceptional care.
  • Support and promote Iowa City Hospices mission to lead in providing exceptional patient-centered end-of-life care and grief support to anyone affected by a terminal illness.
  • Participate in the organizations quality assessment and performance improvement program.
  • Ensure effective use of resources.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Licensure: Current Iowa license as a Social Worker.
    Education: Masters degree in Social Work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
    Experience: 1 year of social work experience in a health care setting
    Schedule: 8AM-5 PM Monday-Friday
    Driving: Proof of license and current insurance coverage.

Keywords: Iowa City Hospice, Iowa City , Full Time Hospice Social Worker, Healthcare , Iowa City, Iowa

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