Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Social Worker - Palliative Care

    Job Locations US-MA-Dedham
    Job ID
    2019-2755
    Category
    Social Services
  • Overview

    Hebrew Seniorlife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is working to chart the course for seniors as our country faces an unprecedented demographic challenge. We are a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization devoted to innovative geriatric research, senior health care, and housing that promote independence and well being.

    Together our 2500 employees represent an unparalleled combination of experience, optimism, vision and determination. They believe that all people are empowered to think, dream, and achieve goals at all phases of life-during their careers and beyond.

     

    We offer an exceptional opportunity for a Palliative Care Social Worker to join the robust HSL palliative care program. The social worker will be an integral member of the palliative care team, providing holistic, interdisciplinary care to patients and families on our short term rehab unit as well as in our home and community based settings. The right candidate will possess strong skills in networking with team members from multiple disciplines.

    This full time position requires a collaborative, professional, and clinically skilled individual with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. The position includes participation in developing a dynamic and growing palliative care program for an organization that values innovation, leadership and continuity of care. The position requires LICSW or equivalent, with 3-5 years of inpatient or outpatient social work experience, with additional home based social experience preferred. Experience in palliative care or hospice setting strongly preferred. 

     

    The social worker is a member of a robust interdisciplinary palliative care team, providing direct care to patients and families in a short-term rehab unit as well as in our community settings. The right candidate will possess strong clinical skills and a firm bias toward networking with team members from multiple disciplines. The position includes participation in developing a dynamic and growing palliative care program for an organization that values innovation, leadership and continuity of care.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide palliative care consultation in conjunction with interdisciplinary team for RSU and community based patients and their families facing chronic, complex and/or life threatening conditions

     

    • Weekly attendance at interdisciplinary team meetings to review active cases
    • Promote discussion between the patient, family, and medical team, in order to facilitate understanding of the patient’s medical condition and treatment options
    • Facilitate clarification of patient and family goals of care and advance care directives
    • Establish clear, patient-centered goals of care and care plans, including:
      • Elucidation of patient’s wishes
      • Reiteration of patient’s condition and care plan options in terms appropriate to patient and family’s cultural and educational background
      • Education and implementation of advance directives, in conjunction with medical provider, including health care proxy, living will, MOLST forms, code status orders
      • Clarification of patient and family’s desired direction for care, including comfort-based care
    • Provide formal and informal educational opportunities for the clinical staff on current aspects of advanced illness management and palliative care
    • Autonomous action-oriented liaison work to promote continuity of care across health care settings

     

    • Assists leadership in ensuring excellent patient care services and leading quality improvement initiatives

    Qualifications

    • Masters in social work or related field required.
    • Experience in palliative care settings, such as hospice or in-patient palliative care team
    • 3-5 years of inpatient or outpatient social work, with additional home-based social work preferred
    • Experience with quality improvement methodology preferred

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