Job Description

Job Summary:  Responsible for providing social service and discharge planning functions for the Geriatric Psychiatric Unit.  Provides resources for patients and support to the multi-disciplinary term. Maintains performance improvement activities within the department and participates in CQI activities.
 
Job Responsibilities:
  • Responsible to perform psychosocial assessments on Medicare, Medicaid and high-risk patients to determine social service and discharge planning needs; always documents assessments.
  • Ability to communicate with physician regarding social service and discharge planning needs of the patient.  Assists the physician to facilitate post-hospital care.
  • Maintains current knowledge of resources available within the community, maintains referral list that can be provided to the patient/caregiver.  Is able to obtain other resources as needed.
  • Communicates with family members and caretakers regarding the needs of the patient and anticipated plans.
  • Collaborates with Utilization Management Coordinator and other members of the healthcare team to provide for psychosocial assistance or optimum post-discharge services.
  • Treats patients and families with respect and dignity.  Identifies and addresses psychosocial needs of patient and family.
  • Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. (Non-Essential)
  • Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.
  • Acts on performance improvement issues identified during CQI meetings or by the LCSW consultant.
  • Actively participates in Utilization Management Committee, CQI, varying team meetings and other meetings, as appropriate.
  • Maintains and respects confidentiality of patient/physician/personnel information.
  • Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
  • Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.
  • Consults other departments as appropriate to collaborate on patient care and performance improvement activities.
  • Accurately determines type of assistance/setting/resources necessary for the patient/family and provides appropriate resources/assistance/list of facilities.
  • Documentation meets current standards and policies.

Minimum Education: 

  • Bachelors in Social Work
  • Licensed as SW

Minimum Experience: 

  • One (1) year of experience in a medical setting.

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