Bonner General Health

Hospice Medical Social Worker-167


Sandpoint, ID


Per Diem


STATUS: Occasional; An employee in an occasional status must be available to work as agreed upon for department coverage or unforeseen employee’s absences, scheduled vacations (time-off), or fluctuations in census which affects staffing. Their schedule is set forth by their Department Manager.

SHIFT: 8:00am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday; Hours will vary with the needs of the department

POSITION SUMMARY: Provides Hospice and Home Health social work services based on psychosocial assessment and/or counseling needs of Hospice/Home Health clients/families.


  • Completes psychosocial assessment and develops social work plan of care after making an initial visit
  • Explains insurance coverage, explores financial source program and aids in use of community resources
  • Provides/supervises bereavement follow-up and support to Hospice families and other members of the  community
  • Supervises volunteers engaged in bereavement activities in their delivery of care, and its documentation
  • Documents home visits and other contacts in patient’s medical record
  • Exhibits sensitivity and competency in meeting the developmental needs of patients over the life span
  • Conduct follow-up visits based on goals and plan of care. Involves patient/family in understanding physical limitations or changes, exploring options and resources, and coordinating support systems
  • Provides short-term counseling to those experiencing crisis, significant change, or other emotional issues due to illness, death, grief, or other psychosocial circumstances
  • Reports suspected adult or child protection concerns to the Department of Health & Welfare as they are identified
  • Adheres to productivity standards and other time constraints as outlined and monitored by the supervisor
  • Follows Total Quality Management policies and procedures; participates in QA data collection and review Reports all quality of care concerns to supervisor
  • Provides vacation, holidays and sick relief for social work staff above regularly scheduled shifts as needed.
  • Participates in standby coverage to provide 24-hour availability to Home Care clients

SKILLS: Highly effective organizational skills, Ability to communicate openly and facilitate learning and growth. Ability to read, write legibly and comprehend the written and spoken word in English, Basic computer literacy and ability to effectively learn new software programs required, Be assertive in pursuing education and current trends in Hospice / Home Health theory, and delivery of care

EDUCATION: Masters degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education required, Successful completion of Hospice orientation with ongoing, specialized reading and education focused on grief

LICENSE/CERTIFICATIONS: Current Idaho Social Worker license, Current driver’s license, Current BLS (AHA) certification required

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical Demands of position are listed in job description

SUPERVISED BY: Home Health / Hospice Manager 

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