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Social Worker  

Location Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home  
Position Social Worker  
Description

Purpose:

To assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of recreational, social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual programs, in accordance with the resident's assessment and care plan, and as may be directed by the Director of Social Services.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in planning, developing, organizing, implementing, and evaluating the social services programs of this facility.
  • Assist in the development, administering, and coordinating of department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the developing and implementing policies and procedures for the identification of medically related social and emotional needs of the resident.
  • Participate in community planning related to the interests of the facility and the services and needs of the resident and family.
  • Participate in discharge planning, development and implementation of social care plans and resident assessments.
  • Interview resident or family members to obtain social history.
  • Involve the resident/family in planning social service programs when possible.
  • Refer resident/families to appropriate social service agencies when the facility does not provide the services or needs of the resident.
  • Maintain a quality working relationship with the medical profession and other health related facilities and organizations.
  • Coordinate social services activities with other departments as necessary.
  • Evaluate social and family information and assist in determining plans for social treatment.
  • Assist in obtaining resources from community social, health and welfare agencies to meet the needs of the resident.
  • Participate in facility surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies as necessary.
  • Ensure that all charted progress notes are informative and descriptive of the services provided and of the resident's response to the service.
  • Develop and maintain a good working rapport with other departments within the facility to assure that daily social services activities can be performed without interruption.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the facility.
  • Serve on, participate in, and attend various committees of the facility as required.
  • Assist in the development of and participate in regularly scheduled orientation and in-service training programs that relate to the social services department.
  • Develop a written plan of care (preliminary and comprehensive) for each resident that identifies the problems/needs of the resident and the goals to be accomplished for each problem/need identified.
  • Assist in preparing and planning the social services department's budget for food, equipment, supplies, and labor and submit to the Administrator for review.
  • Make weekly inspections of all social service functions to assure that quality control measures are continually maintained.
  • Perform other related assignments as required.

Work Schedule

  • As assigned, including some week-ends, evenings and Holidays.

Working Conditions

  • Works in well-lighted/ventilated areas.
  • Most of the work is performed indoors
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc.
  • Communicates with the medical staff, nursing staff, and other department supervisors.
  • Works beyond normal duty hours, on weekends, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
  • May be exposed to bodily fluids, infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including the AIDS and hepatitis B viruses.

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; implements or office equipment; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  • Collect information through observation, listening, touching, and smelling.
  • Must have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess
  • Job requires regular sitting, standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, twisting, writing, and carrying charts, food, trays, etc.
  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee may be required to move chairs, beds, and medical equipment, move patients in bed (with or without assistance).
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with the residents, personnel, and support agencies.
  • Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  • Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility.
  • May be required to lift, push, pull, and move equipment, supplies, etc., in excess of fifty (50) pounds.

Safety, Sanitation and Infection Controls

  • Assure the assigned work areas are maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary manner.
  • Assure that established infection control and universal precautions practices are observed.
  • Report all hazardous conditions or equipment to your supervisor.
  • Follow established safety policies and procedures.
  • Dispose of refuse daily in accordance with established sanitation procedures.
  • Keep work/assignment areas free of hazardous objects, unnecessary equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Report any accident/incident to your supervisor no matter how minor.

 
Position Requirements

Qualifications:

  • May be required to possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors Degree from an approved school of Social Work for a certain size facility.
  • Must have one year supervised social work experience in a health care setting working directly with individuals.
  • Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age-related needs of the resident served.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public.
  • Must possess leadership ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with others.
  • Must have patience, tact, cheerful disposition and enthusiasm.
  • Must possess the ability to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing social services.
  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident’s condition.
 
Shift -not applicable-  
Full-Time \ Part-Time \ PRN Full-Time 

Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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