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Social Worker, MSW- Geriatrics

Company: Mount Auburn Hospital
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Job Description:

SOCIAL WORKER, MSW- GERIATRICS

MOUNT AUBURN HOSPITAL - CAMBRIDGE, MA

DESCRIPTION:

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides clinical consultations and thorough psychosocial evaluations as an integral part of the team in Geriatric Services, the Quimby Center. a. Initial assessment in the Memory Assessment and Support Service will be completed with the geriatrician, patient and family in determining a differential diagnosis of potential memory impairment and the severity of such. The MD/MSW team will complete this evaluation in 1-2 sessions and meet in follow-up to provide the diagnosis and to recommend further testing and ultimately provide a comprehensive care plan. b. Participates in the development of enhanced and new geriatric programs + services, such as the Memory Assessment and Support Service.

2. Documents evaluations and ongoing work in a timely and comprehensive fashion in keeping with departmental standards and Epic requirements. a. Documents the social work evaluation same day as encounter whenever possible; no later than 24 hours after. b. Verbally communicates findings with appropriate providers.

3. Provides ongoing supportive counseling or therapy to individuals and families primarily identified through the Quimby Center or by the Memory Assessment. a. Schedules appropriately in Epic; arrives patient and completes/signs notes in Epic for appropriate charge capture. b. May run support or psychoeducational groups for seniors or their caregivers.

4. For maximum continuity of care, will follow geriatric services patients when admitted to MAH and referred for Social Work intervention. Will provide psychosocial information to the inpatient team for optimal collaborative care.

5. Guides patients/families through hospital services, accessing needed health and community services, as indicated. Provides patients and families links to a variety of community services.

6. Attends regular geriatrics team meetings to assure a coordinated plan of care following assessment and intervention.

7. May participate in the training of geriatric fellows and other disciplines in providing psychosocial care to geriatric patients and their families. May train MSW interns.

8. Participates in community outreach, providing sessions on caregiver stress, coping strategies for managing loved ones with dementia and other topics of interest to this population. May provide Social Work support for other practices, as appropriate.

9. Cross trains with other social work staff to enable adequate coverage, especially for inpatient medical surgical cases.

10. Participates in appropriate hospital and community-based committees and task forces, particularly those focused on delivery care/services to older adults.

11. Conducts psycho-educational in services in area(s) of expertise.

REQUIREMENTS:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

1. Master's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work.

2. Minimum 3 years of experience in health care, with special interest and experience within geriatrics.

3. L.I.C.S.W licensure or eligible within 6 months of hire

4. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

5. Ability to exercise sound clinical judgement in fast-paced and demanding settings.

WORKING CONDITIONS

1. Normal hospital and office environment(often shared offices).

2. Occasional exposure to infectious disease.

3. Sitting approximately 65% of the time.

4. Walking required to different buildings.

5. Utilizing communication skills (listening and speaking) at least 85% of the time.

Mount Auburn Hospital is a tobacco-free campus. We are an equal opportunity employer and we offer wonderful opportunities for advancement, so you re sure to find a position that suits your unique skills here.

We value equality and are committed to maintaining an environment in which employees, patients, and visitors are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, handicap, veteran s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Keywords: Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge , Social Worker, MSW- Geriatrics, Healthcare , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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