Social Service Director
Job Type: Full Time
Pay: $42,000.00 - $50,000.00 per year
The Social Services Director will be responsible for overseeing the psychosocial needs of our long term care residents (approx. 60 residents). This individual shall posses a degree in Social Work or a related field. Experience in long term care and dementia care a plus.
The Social Services Director is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, supervision and ongoing evaluation of the Social Services Department designed to meet and assist residents in attaining or maintaining their highest practicable well-being. This includes identifying the need for medically-related social services and ensuring that these services are provided in accordance with State and Federal regulations.
The Social Services Director will complete and/or direct/delegate the completion of the social services component of the comprehensive assessment. The Social Services Director will also contribute to and/or direct/delegate contribution of social services goals and approaches to the comprehensive care plan. These goals and interventions will be individualized to match the skills, abilities, and interests/preferences of each resident in compliance with Federal and State regulations, to include identifying and promoting individualized, non-pharmacological approaches to care that meet the mental and psychosocial needs of each resident.
Directing the Social Services department includes overseeing preadmission services for inbound residents, to include participation in interdisciplinary evaluation of residents needs for institutional care and completion of the PASARR Level I.
The Social Services Director will facilitate residents’ safe transition back into the community through interdisciplinary discharge planning and arrangement of community based services and follow-up care. The Director will also assist residents and their representatives in locating and accessing financial, legal, and other community resources.
The Social Services Director will coordinate implementation and oversight of procedures to ensure social services actions and interactions are adequately documented in each resident’s medical record, and that legal, ethical, and professional standards of social work practice and being upheld in written recordings.
The Social Services Director is responsible for overseeing the establishment of departmental QA procedures and modification of those procedures where appropriate.
Additional Assigned Tasks
v Treats all residents with dignity and respect. Promotes and protects all residents’ rights.
v Establishes a culture of compliance by adhering to all facility policies and procedures. Complies with standards of business conduct, and state/federal regulations and guidelines.
v Follows appropriate safety and hygiene measures at all times to protect residents and themselves.
v Maintains confidentiality of protected health information, including verbal, written, and electronic communications.
v Reports any allegations of abuse, neglect, misappropriation of property, exploitation, or mistreatment of residents to supervisor and/or administrator. Protects residents from abuse, and cooperates with all investigations.
v Participates in all life safety and emergency drills and trainings. Fulfills responsibilities as assigned during implementation or activation of the facility’s emergency plan.
v Reports work-related injuries and illnesses immediately to supervisor.
v Follows established infection control policies and procedures.
v As a condition of employment, completes all assigned training and skills competency.
v Interviews residents and/or their responsible party to obtain the resident’s social history.
v Makes arrangements for residents to obtain items such as clothing and personal care supplies.
v Assists residents in obtaining transportation to medical appointments, upon discharge, etc.
v Acts as a resource for staff participating in behavioral interventions with residents.
v Participates in Resident and/or Family Council as needed or requested.
v Assists with, or arranges for, a resident’s communication of needs through the resident’s primary method of communication or in a language that the resident understands.
v Contributes to the facility efforts to maintain and/or improve quality of care through participation in the following:
· Attends Care Plan meetings.
· Serves as a member of the QAPI Committee.
· Serves as a member of the Behavior Management Committee.
· Attends Department Head/Stand Up Meetings.
· Attends mandatory in-services.
· Successfully completes the facility required training, and any Social Work continuing education and licensing requirements.
Personal Skills and Traits Desired/Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
v Ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
v Must be a supportive team member, contribute to and be an example of team work.
v Ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
v Ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public.
v Must have patience, tact, and willingness to deal with difficult residents, family and staff.
v Must be able to relay information concerning a resident’s condition.
v Must not pose a threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace.
v Must be able to move intermittently throughout the workday.
v Meets general health requirements according to facility policy, including medical and physical exams and checking immunity status to various infectious diseases.
v Ability to work beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.
v Ability to assist in evacuation of residents during emergency situations.
v Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, perform overhead lifting and perform other common physical movements as needed for the position.
v May be subject to hostile or emotional residents, family members, visitors or personnel.
v Effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to exercise judgement.
v Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations.
v Strong leadership skills.
v Positive attitude.
v Ability to coordinate and conduct meetings, set and achieve goals.
v Ability to be organized and efficient.
v Basic computer skills.
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