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Social Worker, 24 hours

Provide social work services to patients of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center that include individual counseling and family support. The social worker will be an integral part of the floor team and will collaborate with the nurse manager to identify patient and family priorities and identify specific plans of care. The social worker will also support staff as needed when managing challenging situations so to benefit patient care. The social worker will support patient-centered care initiatives and work closely with the floor teams to create a home like environment.

Core Competencies:

  • Develop helpful and trusting relationships with patients, families and staff.
  • Use creative problem-solving to meet the needs of others.
  • Act as an advocate on behalf of patients as needed or appropriate.
  • Communicate with patients/families/visitors/staff in a manner that conveys respect, caring and sensitivity.
  • Responsible for communicating and responding to issues and problems within a timely and efficient manner.
  • Responds to patients in all situations with a calm, sensitive and supportive approach.
  • Works as a member of the team by pro-actively working to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Meets all requirements as outlined by regulatory and licensure standards.

Position Responsibilities:

Collaborate with admissions department and interdisciplinary team to ensure positive admission.

  • Assist and support the patient and family with admission to long term chronic care hospital and ongoing adjustment issues.
  • Provide patient/family with information regarding patients' rights and HRC Respect Policy.
  • Provide education regarding advanced directives.
  • When necessary, advise patient/family on issues relating to Health Care Proxy and/or Guardianship.
  • Complete Social Service assessment and other required documentation in a concise, clear and timely manner.
  • Complete Social Service section of MDS.
  • Provide patient/family with education and support regarding aging, illness, coping and loss.
  • Provide interventions and consultations as needed.
  • Advocate for patients and families within organization and community.
  • Provide clinical consulting to staff inter/intra departmentally.
  • Participate in care coordination meetings
  • Lead family meetings and collaborate in the planning of care for patients.
  • Co-lead community meetings for patients.
  • Collaborate with social work team to provide patient and family support groups as indicated by need.
  • Collaborate extensively with floor team members and other center departments, including for example, life enhancement and spiritual care services.
  • Act as a liaison within the center to support person-centered care initiatives and participate in person-centered care committee meetings, when requested
  • Represent social work on facility committees as needed.
  • Attend all regularly scheduled staff and committee meetings.
  • Work with other departments, such as life enhancement and spiritual care, to create community by attending and participating in center-wide events.
  • Participate in quality improvement initiatives.
  • May participate in the training/supervision of social work interns.
  • Support patient/family with end of life care and decision making, including collaboration with the palliative care team.
  • Arrange for ancillary services, e.g. transportation, clothing, supportive aids.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or as responsibilities dictate.

Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Social Work.
  • Russian language skills preferred
  • Current Massachusetts LCSW license preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years social work experience.
  • Must have experience working with families.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible and autonomous in managing workload.
  • Proficient in the use of pertinent computer software/systems.

V Physical Requirements

  • Ability to manage prolonged, extensive or considerable standing or walking.
  • Ability to manage some transporting of patients and moving of equipment (e.g., wheelchair).
  • Ability to manage some stooping, bending and crouching.
  • Ability to manage contact with patients under a variety of circumstances, which may include exposure to unpleasant odors, sights and sounds as well as possible exposure to infections, contagious diseases and blood borne pathogens.

Employee Signature Date

Hebrew SeniorLife requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment. All new hires must be fully vaccinated, which includes any recommended COVID-19 boosters, before their start date. Any exemption requests for medical or religious reasons will be considered on a case by case basis and must be processed prior to any start date.

Hebrew SeniorLife is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and competence and not influenced or affected by race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military status, veterans status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law.