Social Worker (LSW/LCSW)

Hospice of Southern Illinois
Job Description
Hospice of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit, free-standing, community-based hospice offering Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metro-East communities a range of services for people of all ages at the end of life. We have been providing compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families in their home or a home-like setting since 1981. Since that time, we have continued our mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Not all hospice providers are the same. While most have a similar philosophy, each hospice is a different company offering different services. Our reputation is a direct result of our desire to do more than what is required or expected. This can be seen in the passion and commitment of our employees and volunteers to provide excellent hospice care through all the services we provide. A career in hospice care at Hospice of Southern Illinois is a calling. Is it calling you? We are currently hiring for a Social Worker position.
  • Full-Time Non-Exempt Position.
  • 40 Hours Weekly, Monday-Friday 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. with an additional rotational on-call schedule that includes some evenings, weekends, and holidays. Typically for this position, the on-call schedule equals one night a week, every 5th weekend, and 1 to 2 holidays a year.
  • Would provide service to the Marion location’s service territory.
  • Average caseload of 25 patients.
  • Benefits offered.
  • Please visit for more information and to apply online.
  • EOE
  • Position Summary: The Social Worker, as part of the Interdisciplinary Team, is responsible for assessing, planning, and implementing the delivery of medical social work services to hospice patients and/or families. Pro-actively promotes clinical competencies to assure positive patient outcomes by establishing and participating in the use of the clinical process to meet the realistic needs of the patient and/or family, as defined by the physician’s orders and the Plan of Care. Assures consistent, appropriate, and cost-effective care by actively managing the patient’s and/or families needs payor’s expectation, company policy compliance, and Hospice of Southern Illinois’ financial objectives.
  • Essential Functions:
    • 1. Demonstrates knowledge about hospice and end-of-life care and is able to articulate the philosophy and services including the practice and roles of social work and the interdisciplinary team for internal and external customers.
    • 2. Completes a comprehensive psychosocial assessment within 5 days after admission to hospice. Documents and updates comprehensive psychosocial assessment no less frequently than every 15 days.
    • 3. In collaboration with patient, family, and interdisciplinary team, develops plan of care. Regularly reassesses and revises treatment plans in response to newly identified needs and altered goals of care.
    • 4. Attends staff meetings and actively participates in IDT and other meetings/committees as assigned.
    • 5. Establishes rapport and therapeutic relationships with patients/families through nonjudgmental active listening, empathy and emotional support.
    • 6. Assesses and develops plan in response to safety concerns, caregiving concerns and/or suicidal ideation.
    • 7. As mandated reporters, discusses any suspected abuse or neglect with management, Regulatory Compliance and appropriate authorities.
    • 8. Demonstrates an attitude of compassion and sensitivity to clients, respecting client’s rights to self-determination and dignity.
    • 9. Has awareness of personal beliefs, value and feelings and how their personal self may influence their practice. Maintains professional boundaries.
    • 10. Serves as advocate for the needs, decisions, and rights of clients in end-of-life care.
    • 11. Ongoing documentation of social work care reflects the assessment, issues addressed, treatment offered, plan of care and must assure continuity of care between all settings. Documentation is timely according to Standards of Performance.
    • 12. Demonstrates understanding and respect about how individuals are influenced by their ethnicity, culture, values, religion and health-related benefits and economic situations as they relate to end-of-life care. Shares knowledge with IDT.
    • 13. Assumes personal responsibility for their continued professional development in accordance with state licensure requirements and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) standards for continuing professional education.
    • 14. Educates the patient/family on the development, use, support and revision of advance directives throughout the progression of the illness.
    • 15. Has knowledge of available community resources and how to gain access to them. Initiates referrals as indicated.
    • 16. As experts in helping families and individuals, maximize coping crisis and addressing the psychosocial domains of symptoms, suffering, grief and loss. Social workers are able to provide intensive counseling as well as practical services for those confronted by life-limiting illnesses.
    • 17. Effectively presents information in a clear and concise manner. Facilitates open communication. Organized and works efficiently with minimal supervision. Is a self-starter who is able to multi-task, demonstrates flexibility, motivation, initiative and commitment.
    • 18. Participates in QAPI activities.
    • 19. Participates in on-call after-hour care.
    • 20. At the IDT meeting, no less frequently than 15 days, the social worker presents the psychosocial patient assessment and provides ongoing updates on emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural factors that may impact end-of-life care.
    • 21. Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively with others in a team environment to ensure deadlines, goals and objectives are met. Demonstrates the ability to embrace change, manage stress and maintain a positive attitude.
    • 22. Supports, demonstrates and celebrates evidence of Hospice of Southern Illinois core values.
    • 23. Accurate timesheet documentation.
    • 24. Appropriately manages Paid Time Off.
    • 25. Other duties as assigned.
  • Position Requirements
    • a. Education
      • 1. Masters in Social Work (MSW) or Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work required.
    • b. Qualifications
      • 1. One (1) year experience in hospice preferred.
      • 2. Two (2) years of experience in hospital, long-term care, or home-health setting required.
    • c. Other Qualifications
      • 1. To be licensed in the State of Illinois as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
      • 2. Excellent clinical assessment, organizational and interpersonal relationship skills.
      • 3. A working knowledge of Medicare/Medicaid, hospice regulations, and third-party payor expectations is preferred.
      • 4. Reliable means of transportation.
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