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Responsible for performing certain Social Services functions as directed and in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations, and Kindred policies and procedures. Applies professionally accepted, research based practices, such as Person-in-Environment holistic approach. Resident advocacy responsibilities as needed to achieve or maintain a dignified existence for all residents.
Takes direction from Social Services Manager or Social Worker.
Develops a comprehensive list of services that are available to residents living at the center and accessible to residents when they discharge into the community (such as dentists and eyeglass repair shops that accept Medicaid). The list is available for use by center staff in obtaining needed services for residents and by residents and families upon discharge.
Works, as directed by Social Worker, with the resident, family/significant other and other team members to outline goals of stay at admission, educational materials, access to services, such as Medicaid, the plan to meet those goals and discharge, as appropriate.
May assist with facilitation of the family council process.
Provides educational materials to resident and/or family/significant others related to advance directives; assists them in completion of advance directives as desired by resident and/or family/significant others.
Provides direct psychosocial intervention to residents and residents' families/significant others as directed.
Assist resident/family/significant others in obtaining appropriate forms to gain services, such as Medicaid applications or insurance appeals.
Advocates for the resident and with the resident, exploring possible compromises that keep the resident's best interest in mind. Examples of such activities are: Educating the resident/family about the impact of going home before treatment goals are met; following up with resident/family in the event of premature discharge to avoid unnecessary re-hospitalization; Mediating therapy compliance to help resident meet personal goals when noncompliance is an issue; Advocating for appropriate room placement upon admission to help avoid unnecessary room moves; Encourages interdisciplinary, resident and family involvement in a quality of life advisory committee.
Assists residents' families/significant others in coping with skilled nursing placement, physical illness and disabilities of the resident, and the grieving process.
Documents observations and events in the resident's medical record as needed; assesses and documents psychosocial impact of life events, health concerns, condition change.
Facilitates interdisciplinary review and reduction attempts of psychotropic drug use
Collaborates with Activities Department to develop activities and psychosocial interventions that support resident independence and recovery.
High school graduate or equivalent, completion of state approved qualifying social services education. If no state-specified training exists, individual must have completed training courses in at least the following: long-term care ethics, documentation and charting, resident assessment, Medicare/Medicaid, discharge planning and advance directives.
Certification as required by the state of employment.
This description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work for this position. It is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities that may be periodically assigned.
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Job : Behavior/Mental Health Primary Location : NV-Las Vegas-KH - SAU Las Vegas Flamingo Organization : 7801 - KH - SAU Las Vegas Flamingo Shift : Day