Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Social Worker - Hospice

    Job Locations US-MA-Dedham
    Job ID
    Home Care
  • Overview

    Come be a part of something meaningful and work for a mission driven organization that has been a leader in geriatric care for over a century!

    Join our Home Care Team and experience a small team environment with the overall support of a large well respected organization.


    What makes us a great place to work?


    • Recognition in the Boston Globe as a “Top Place to Work” in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
    • Great benefits-
      • Health/Vision/Dental Insurance
      • Pet Insurance
      • Tuition Reimbursement
      • 9 paid Holidays
      • Generous vacation time
      • Retirement plan with matching contributions
      • Employee Assistance Program
      • Employee Wellness Program- with an opportunity to save annually on your health insurance



    As a member of the Hospice interdisciplinary group, the Hospice Medical Social Worker provides professional medical social services to the Hospice patients as prescribed by the physician and in compliance with the state and the Federal regulations, as well as Hospice policies and procedures and the patient's care plan.


    • Assumes primary responsibility for medical social services for Hospice patients and families
    • Assesses patient/family social and emotional factors in order to estimate their capacity and potential to cope with the terminal illness and death
    • Assesses patient/family ability to meet financial obligations and offer appropriate resources and activate resources as indicated
    • Evaluates patient's insurance coverage and options
    • Collaborates with other members of the Interdisciplinary Group to develop a comprehensive plan of care and goals within two days of the start of the patient's care and as necessary throughout the provision of services to assure response to the patient's/family changing needs
    • Provides patient/family-counseling services that are consistent with the established plan of care under medical supervision, to include bereavement counseling in situations determined to be high risk
    • Accurately documents observations, interventions and evaluations pertaining to patient care management and services provided in accordance with Hospice policy and procedures on the day services are rendered. Submits documentation in a timely manner
    • Assists patient, family and staff in utilizing community resources
    • Supervises counseling activity provided by the Hospice
    • Assists in discharge planning form Hospice service when care is no longer appropriate.
    • Participates in Interdisciplinary Group conference and facilitates discussions of issues relating to the psychosocial component of Hospice care
    • As a member of the Interdisciplinary Group, assists team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to care of the terminally ill patient and the family
    • Participates in Hospice orientation and in-service training programs for professional staff.
    • Participates in the orientation, training and coordination of volunteers working in the Hospice programs as appropriate
    • Participates in Hospice and community programs and presentations as requested to promote professional growth and understanding of Hospice care and increase public awareness
    • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


    • Licensed as a MSW in Massachusetts pursuant to M.G.L.c.112 § 131 under the licensure categories of Licensed Independent Practitioner of Clinical Social Work, or Licensed Certified Social Worker or Licensed Social Worker
    • Familiarity with Jewish Life, Culture & Religion
    • A minimum of one year of social work experience in a health care setting
    • Ability to meet Hospice's conditions of employment regarding health clearance, and provisions of professional references
    • Transports self to patient's home/facility, may be in multiple locations in a workday
    • Must be able to function in a practice environment with minimal direct supervision, accepting personal responsibility for maintaining a professional relationship with Hospice's patients and their families.


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