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Hospice of the Valley Dementia Social Worker - Hospice Inpatient Services in Phoenix, Arizona

Hospice of the Valley has palliative care units throughout the valley. This position will primarily support one designated unit with the expectation of travel to other units to meet patient/family needs.

Hospice of the Valley is a national leader in hospice care and has been serving the Phoenix metropolitan area since 1977. A mission-driven, not-for-profit organization, Hospice of the Valley employs compassionate, skilled professionals who are committed to excellence, enjoy teamwork and contribute daily to our mission and culture of caring. Team members experience a friendly, supportive atmosphere, leadership support, autonomy, flexibility and the privilege of doing meaningful, rewarding work.

Position Profile

Hospice social workers in palliative care units serve patients whose symptoms can't be managed at home and patients who need respite care while the family caregiver is away. The hospice social worker provides psychosocial support to patients and families by providing skilled social work intervention to include, but not limited to providing resources, referrals, education, supportive counseling, discharge planning and assistance with final arrangements. They are part of the interdisciplinary inpatient hospice team that supports people at critical junctures in their lives, always making a difference. Our Gardiner Home Palliative Care (inpatient) Unit is a beautiful 10-bed facility located in Phoenix.


§ Develops and maintains therapeutic relationships.

§ Provides comprehensive psychosocial assessments.

§ Develops and maintains comprehensive plan of care.

§ Provides supportive counseling.

§ Facilitates smooth transition from care environments.

§ Mobilizes community resources.

§ Provides effective patient/family/caregiver teaching.

§ Supports the death/dying process.

§ Collaborates in providing patient care.

§ Creates timely and accurate documentation.

§ Assures patient safety.

§ Utilizes resources effectively and efficiently.

§ Adheres to HOV standards and facilitates continuously improved processes/services.

§ Maintains and enhances professional skills.

§ Adheres to high standards of personal and professional conduct.

Minimum Qualifications

§ Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school and a minimum of 3-5 years palliative care or hospice experience.

§ Previous dementia experience.

Must have demonstrated ability to assess emotional needs, as well as social needs of patients and their families.

§ Requires the ability to administer psychological/emotional assessment instrument and define treatment planning from results.

§ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

§ Ability to effectively collaborate with interdisciplinary team in providing patient care.

§ Solution driven, creative and resourceful problem solving skills.

§ Ability to function independently and effectively anticipate needs and problems.

§ Skilled in organizing and prioritizing work.

§ Ability to manage time well and perform assigned duties with attention detail, accuracy and follow-through.

§ Must possess professional image, positive attitude, enthusiasm and self-motivation.

§ Comfortable in maintaining professional boundaries.

§ Proficient computer skills.

§ Broad understanding of community resources including those related to financial benefits.

§ Awareness and sensitivity to cultural diversity.

§ Knowledge of self-care, personal boundaries; abilities, limits and inner resources.

§ Current Arizona Driver's license and automobile insurance.

Preferred Qualifications

§ Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited school and a minimum of one year social work experience in a health care setting (hospital, home health, hospice, behavioral health.)

§ Previous hospice experience.

§ LCSW or LMSW licensure.

§ Bilingual abilities a plus.

Hospice of the Valley offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits that include medical, dental and vision plans, generous paid time off, a matching 401k, tuition assistance, an award winning wellness program and a host of employee recognition and rewards. Employees also receive comprehensive orientation, training and resources.

Hospice of the Valley is an equal employment opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V