The goal of Hospice is to provide care for people who are terminally ill and to manage their pain and other symptoms.

    There are specific criteria for Hospice eligibility for a variety of conditions, including:

    • ALS

    • Alzheimer's/Dementia

    • Cancer

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    • Diabetes

    • Kidney (Renal) Disease

    • And Others...

  • Focus on the continuous, integrated health care process that a patient/family experience across all aspects of hospice care.

  • Incorporate outcome-orientated quality assessment and performance improvement.

  • Facilitate flexibility in how the Hospice meets performance expectations.

Job Description for Licensed Social Workers

December 16, 2018

Job Summary

Responsible for assessing the psychosocial needs of patients and for providing information and identifying resources to assist the patient and family with issues relating to terminal illness.

Job Qualifications

  • Current license from the State Board of Social Work Examiners, has master’s degree in social work accredited by the Council Work Education, and at least one year of post-master’s social work experience in a health care setting in accordance with N.J.S.A. 45:3B-1 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 13:44C.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with end-of-life issues.
  • Hospice or Home Health experience preferred.
  • Valid Drivers License.
  • Proof of current Automobile Liability Insurance.
  • Demonstrate ability to relate effectively with physicians, health care professionals, patients/families, the community, and members of the hospice interdisciplinary team.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hand and arms, stoop, kneel, twist, and crouch.
  • Frequently required to walk and sit.
  • Regularly required to use hands to handle and feel and to speak and hear.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Ability to deal effectively with stress.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to focus.
  • Require ability to drive an automobile.

Working Conditions

  • Patient home settings, general office settings, inpatient care facility, health care offices/hospitals.
  • Exposure Risk Category II.

Organizational Standards

Customer Service and Relationship Building

Focuses efforts on discovering and meeting the needs of a diverse group of people, both internal and external customers, as well as the patients and families served by hospice.

Teamwork and Cooperation

Implies a genuine intention to work cooperatively with others, expresses positive expectations of others, shares all relevant or useful information on a timely basis.

Technical/Professional Quality

Demonstrates mastery of job-related knowledge and acts to keep skills and knowledge current.


Persistent, refuses to give up when faced with obstacles or rejection; takes action that will improve or enhance performance of job responsibilities.


Articulates clearly, the Mission, Vision, and Values of hospice, effectively communicates with direct and honest feedback in developing relationships with others.

Managing People

Provides constructive feedback to support the work and ideas of others.


Sets challenging goals for self and helps team members achieve goals set to meet hospice standards of excellence.

Essential Functions

  • Complete social work assessments for psychosocial, emotional factors related to terminal illness for all admissions according to policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the development, revision and completion of the IDT plan of care.
  • Prepare clinical and progress notes according to policy and procedure.
  • Participate in the QA/PI process and serve as a member of the QA/PI committee as needed.
  • Assist the physician and other IDT members in recognizing and understanding the social/mental stress and/or disorder that exacerbates the symptoms related to the terminal illness.
  • Assess the patient/family psychosocial status, potential risk of suicide, and/or abuse or neglect.
  • Assess environmental resources and obstacles to maintaining safety in the home setting.
  • Provide social services including: short term counseling, crisis intervention, information and assistance with preparation of advance directives.
  • Assist with funeral planning issues and transfer of responsibilities regarding fiscal, legal, and health care decisions when appropriate.
  • Identify patient/family dynamics and communication patterns and support the patient/family involvement in the plan of care.
  • Identify and utilize appropriate community resources and assist patient/family with accessing resources.
  • Evaluate patient/family response to interventions when referred to community agencies and satisfaction of services provided.
  • Evaluate patient/family response to psychosocial interventions.
  • Assess family/caregiver ability to function adequately.
  • Assess need for counseling related to risk assessment for pathological grief.
  • Assess bereavement needs.
  • Assess special needs related to cultural diversity including communication role of family members and special traditions.
  • Identify the developmental level of patient/family and any obstacles to learning or ability to participate in the care of the patient.
  • Identify appropriate resources to assist in addressing patient/family questions and issues.
  • Identify obstacles to compliance and assist in understanding the goals of interventions.
  • Identify support systems available to reduce stress and facilitate coping with end-of-life issues.
  • Evaluate need for long term care when appropriate and assess patient/family ability to accept change in level of care.
  • Communicate psychosocial information to inpatient care staff when patient is changing level of care and support patient/family as needed.
  • Assist patient/family in assessing financial resources when appropriate; complete financial assessments for non-funded patients.
  • Identify patient/family needs when discharged or when level of care changes; review equipment needs, type of transportation needed, and inform pharmacy when appropriate.
  • Provide support to staff at time of patient death or in stressful situations when appropriate.
  • Participate in orientation and training of staff and volunteers regarding role of social work when requested.
  • Participate in on-call as scheduled.
  • Participate in required in-services.
  • Maintain current level of skills and evidence of competency.
  • Adhere to all Confidentiality policies and procedures and maintain confidentiality of administrative information.
  • Perform other reasonable duties as assigned.

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