Social Worker

Company: Compassus ( Learn More )

General Information
4 Year Degree
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Job Description

Current Compassus Colleagues: Please apply via Workday.

At Compassus, our mission is to provide hospice care to terminally ill patients and their families with Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. The Colleagues of Compassus are committed to keeping The Hospice Promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those whom they come into contact. Our goal is to provide the greatest possible comfort and care for those who experience one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments.Compassus also provides palliative care to improve quality of life for patients and families who may also be seeking aggressive treatment for their serious illness. Compassus palliative care services can offer relief from symptoms and pain and a care plan based on your values and needs.


The Social Worker is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Hospice Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Program, between the Program and other Company departments, and between the Program and all external stakeholders. The Social Worker provides preventive, educational, and evaluative and treatment services to meet the psychosocial needs of patients and their families, to help them improve, restore, and maintain their maximum level of coping.  The Social Worker utilizes community resources and the interdisciplinary team to aid in this process. S/he is responsible for applying the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies.


  • Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives.  
  • Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, educational programs and community events, as requested.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
  • Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives.
  • Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.         
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
  • Functions as an IDT member. 
  • Completes psychosocial assessment on each assigned patient, as indicated by corporate policy.
  • Completes pre-bereavement of each assigned patient.
  • Completes Support Services Assessment, as appropriate.
  • Reviews and explains hospice services, as appropriate, to patient's financial classification.
  • Develops and updates care plans.
  • Attends team meetings and visits patients, as indicated.
  • Monitors hospitalizations and Medicare Part A admissions.
  • Secures revocations.
  • Attends care plan meetings at long term care facilities.
  • Provides direct social work services.  
  • Facilitates placements and monitors patient’s adjustment.
  • Coordinates care giving issues.
  • Facilitates discharge planning.
  • Explains and assists with advance directives.
  • Addresses financial concerns.
  • Completes financial assessment.
  • Contacts community agencies, as appropriate.
  • Initiates Medicaid Spend down.
  • Assesses appropriateness for Special Concern supplies.
  • Evaluates insurance concerns.
  • Develops and utilizes community resources.  
  • Supervises social work practicum students.
  • Develops and maintains working relationship with community agencies, i.e., long term care            facilities, DFS, hospitals, social security office, V.A., etc.
  • Utilizes available community resources to meet family needs.
  • Works in cooperation with community agencies and lay groups.
  • Provides education and in-services to contract agencies, as appropriate.
  • Provides counseling to patient and family. 
  • Provides counseling to meet psychosocial needs of patient and family.
  • Collaborates with and provides information to hospice interdisciplinary team related to counseling    issues.
  • Provides crisis intervention to patient/family.
  • Refers to community counseling agencies, as indicated.
  • Offers and facilitates memorial services, as directed.
  • Other duties as performed or assigned.  
  • KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (preferred); or Has a baccalaureate degree in social work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work

    Education; or a baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology, or other field related to social work; and has 1 year of social work experience in a healthcare setting and is supervised by an MSW; or

     Has a baccalaureate degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, is employed by the Hospice Compassus before December 2, 2008, and is not required to be supervised by an MSW..

    State specific requirements:

  • Alabama—Licensed in the state of Alabama.
  • Illinois—Licensed in the state of Illinois.
  • Kansas—Licensed in the state of Kansas.
  • Louisiana—Masters Degree, licensed in the state of Louisiana.
  • Michigan—Not applicable.
  • Mississippi—Licensed in the state of Mississippi.
  • Missouri-- Not applicable.
  • New Mexico—Licensed in the state of New Mexico.
  • Pennsylvania—Not applicable.
  • South Carolina—Licensed in the state of South Carolina.
  • Tennessee—Not applicable.
  • Texas—Licensed in the state of Texas.
  • West Virginia—Licensed in the state of West Virginia
  • Mathematical Skills

    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

    Language Skills

    Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients and families of patients.

    Reasoning Ability

    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or schedule form.

    Computer Skills

    To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

    Other Qualifications

    Possess strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.  Must be of high integrity including maintenance of confidential information including all personnel and patient records. Must be able to travel frequently. Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.

    Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

    Certified Social Worker in the state of employment.  A valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance.

    Other Skills and Abilities

    Understanding and acceptance of hospice philosophy.  Ability to understand, read, write and speak English. Must be able to tend the geriatric and the terminally ill. Ability to communicate with the families of patients.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the colleague is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The colleague is frequently required to walk. The colleague is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The colleague must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a colleague encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    There will be possible exposure to infectious diseases. Circumstances can be unpredictable and high stress.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  Frequent driving is required.






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