Duties of Position:
Provides medical social services to clients in their homes in accordance with physician orders and under the direction and supervision of the Director of Nursing or another appropriate supervisor.
RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS – HIGH
1. Assists in the admission of process of the client to the Agency by performing an initial evaluation, assessing the client's psychosocial status and evaluating the client, family and home to identify socioeconomic and emotional factors that will affect the plan of treatment.
2. Assists in development and implementation of the interdisciplinary client care plan as it pertains to medical social work.
3. Observes, records and reports changes in the client's emotional and social factors that affect the client's illness and his/her need for care and his/her response to treatment.
4. Consults with the attending physician concerning alteration of the plan of treatment.
5. Maintains and submits written clinical records as deemed by the Agency, including the initial evaluation, the care plan and daily notes.
6. Evaluates the clients and family's response to, and effectiveness of , the medical social work intervention.
7. Confirms, on a weekly basis, the scheduling of visits with the Director of Clinical Services (DCS) to facilitate coordination of other staff visits.
8. Participates in Agency activities and committees when appropriate to include staff development activities and in-service education.
9. Participates in discharge planning.
10. Assumes responsibility for self-development by continually striving to improve his/her Medical Social Worker practice through formal education, attendance at workshops and conferences, active participation in professional and related organizational meetings, and individual research and reading.
Provides Skilled Medical Social Work Services:
1. Assesses the client's potential to cope with his/her social and health problems.
2. Acts as consultant to the members of the health team, assists them in understanding the social, emotional and environmental factors related to the client/s health problems.
3. Helps clients to utilize the resources of their families and the community.
4. Provides rehabilitative and supportive casework.
5. Assists clients and their families in coping with personal and environmental difficulties which might predispose them toward illness or interfere with obtaining maximum benefits from medical care.
6. Awareness of the Agency’s QAPI program. Active participation as required per policies and procedures related to the Agency’s QAPI program.
7. Management and follow up of customer complaints, following Agency’s complaint policy.
8. Acute awareness of patient rights and the Agency’s responsibility in honoring patient’s rights. Awareness of patient rights description in Agency’s service agreement and Agency’s admission packet.
9. Awareness of appropriate reasons for a patient discharge and Agency’s policy on appropriate reasons for discharge.
10. Awareness of potential signs of abuse and neglect and the steps required to report suspected abuse and neglect.
11. Awareness and ability to design and identify patient centered and individualized goals with realistic measurable time frames.
12. Awareness of infection prevention and control techniques, both within their scope of practice and within the Agency’s policy and procedures. Awareness and participation in the Agency’s infection control program.
13. Appropriate bag technique policy acknowledgement and demonstrated competence when applicable.
1. The ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing is required.
2. The ability to access client's homes which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible is required.
3. Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the client's condition and to perform client care.
4. Physical activities will include, walking, sitting, stooping, and standing and minimal to maximum lifting of clients and the turning of clients.
Utilization of CRT, calculator, multi-line telephone, copy machine, hand washing materials and PPE.
Has access to all client medical records which may be discussed with DCS, Administrator, the Executive Director, and the Quality Assurance department staff.
1. Masters Degree from a School of Social Work approved by the Council of Social Work Education.
2. Must have or be in the process of acquiring certification from the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
3. Must have two years experience with at least one year of experience in a health care setting (hospital, clinic, rehabilitation center, etc.)