Affinity Hospice

Social Worker Hospice LMSW


Birmingham, AL


Full Time

Affinity Hospice 

Job Title: Medical Social Worker

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Division: Hospice

Report to: Clinical Director

Classification: Exempt

Position Overview

The medical social worker is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for medical social work services and as defined by the state Medical Social Work Practice Act.

Essential Job Functions

  •  Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language
  • Must be able to sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently throughout the work day
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to patient homes per patient schedule and agency needs, as appropriate
  • Using effective body mechanics, must be able to lift minimum 25 lbs. floor to waist; lift minimum10 lbs. waist to shoulder; lift and carry minimum 20 lbs.; and push/pull minimum 40 lbs.; using visual acuity and hearing to perform MSW duties
  • Must be able to document and chart appropriately and within specific time frames
  • Must practice regular and dependable attendance per company policy and procedure
  • Must be able to communicated and function in an interdisciplinary team
  • Must be able to follow physician orders and social work care plans for patients
  • Must be able to perform a social assessment and develop a care plan which identifies medically-related social and emotional problems and needs with realistic goals and specific actions to be taken
  • Must be able to act as a patient advocate and provide education to staff regarding patient rights, social/economic factors impeding patient/caregiver ability to follow treatment plan
  • Must be able to assist patients and families through counseling, education, financial planning assistance, liaison with community agencies, etc.

Specific Requirements

  • Must have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must be competent in standard Microsoft Office applications, email and internet
  • Must be knowledgeable of social work practices and procedures based on state practice acts
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Must possess the ability to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel
  • Must understand and follow company policies and procedures, including harassment and complaint policies and procedures
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance with automobile in good working condition
  • Must be able to concentrate and use reasoning skills and good judgment
  • Must practice regular and dependable attendance

Education and Experience

  • Graduate of a master’s program in social work accredited by the Council on Social
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

Work Education

  • Minimum of one (1) year's experience in health care
  • Experience in a hospice care preferred
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills
  • Possesses and maintains current CPR certification
  • Licensed driver with automobile that is in good working order and insured in accordance with the organization requirements

Working Conditions

  • Will work in and travel to patient homes as well as agency office
  • Sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours
  • Subject to frequent interruptions
  • Attends and participates in continuing education programs
  • Possible exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc. including exposure to the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses
  • Subject to hostile and emotionally upset patients, family members, caregivers, etc.
  • May work beyond normal working hours, weekends, and holidays as needed and in other positions temporarily as necessary
  • Involved with patients, associates, caregivers, government agencies/personnel, etc. under various circumstances

General Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and support to social service team
  • Assesses the psychosocial status of patients and families/caregivers related to the patient's terminal illness and environment and communicates findings to the registered nurse and other members of the interdisciplinary group. Provides an assessment in the patient's identified residence and assistance when this is not safe and another plan is required
  • Carries out social evaluations, including family dynamics, caregiver abilities, communication patterns, high-risks for suicide, neglect or abuse and plans intervention based on evaluation findings. Counsels patient and family/caregivers as needed in relationship to stress, and other identified coping difficulties.  Provides crisis intervention when necessary
  • Assesses for, and educates interdisciplinary group, on any special needs related to the culture of the patient and family. Includes communication, role of family, space, and any special traditions or taboos
  • Maintains clinical records on all patients referred to social work prepares clinical and progress notes
  • Educates patients and families on, and assists in, preparation of advanced directives
  • Provides information and referral services for organization patients and families/caregivers regarding practical and environmental needs
  • Provides information to patients and families/caregivers and community agencies
  • Serves as liaison between patients and families/caregivers and community agencies
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with organization associate to support patient care
  • Maintains and develops contracts with public and private agencies as resources for patient and associate
  • Participates in the development of the individualized plan of care, involving the patient and family, and attends regularly scheduled interdisciplinary group meetings, assisting the team in recognizing the effects of the psychosocial stresses on the symptoms of the terminal illness
  • Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems and death/dying issues
  • Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities
  • Assists family and patient in planning for funeral arrangements, financial, legal, and health care decision responsibilities


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