Provides social work services to MedStar VNA home health patients and to Montgomery County contract clients with MedStar VNA Care Partners. Provides patient with counseling and linkage with community services when appropriate and within the guidelines for service provision under home health regulations and/or policy and per Montgomery County contract requirements. Performs assessments, assists in the resolution of social problems impeding the patient's treatment, rehabilitation and medical compliance, and assists other health team members in understanding the psychosocial and emotional factors related to the patient's health problems.
Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work.
2 years social work experience in a health care facility or setting; home care experience preferred.
LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker), LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker),LCSW-C (Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical), LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker), or LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). CPR certification required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Good clinical skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Contributes to the achievement of established goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Completes annual Code of Conduct, Compliance and other mandatory training. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Documents as per state and federal regulations and agency policy all aspects of care provision. Communicates verbally and in writing, when necessary, with other care providers on all aspects of care.
In conjunction with other members of the health care team, the patient and family, develops a plan of social care based on the patient's assessed needs. Initiates plan. Continually reevaluates the patient's social and emotional needs and revises the patient's plan of care accordingly.
Maintains effective working relationships with other departments and participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and agency in community outreach efforts. Enhances growth and development and enriches personal knowledge and skill through participation in educational programs and affiliations.
Performs appropriate actions to meet patient needs; links with needed community resources; short-term counseling; assists with nursing home placement; assists other staff members with regards to the social and emotional needs of their patients; assists other disciplines and referral sources with discharge planning, as requested.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.