Social Services Specialist (Full-Time) Kindred Healthcare, Danville KY

Social Services Specialist (Full-Time) Kindred Healthcare, Danville KY

Kindred Healthcare - KY: Social Services Specialist, Weekdays Mon– Friday- Danville

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At Kindred Healthcare, our mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) is a healthcare services company, based in Louisville, Kentucky, with annual revenues of over $4.2 billion. At December 31, 2009, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 621 locations in 41 states, including 83 long-term acute care hospitals, 222 skilled nursing centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst Rehabilitation Services, which served 316 non-affiliated facilities. Kindred’s 54,100 employees are committed to providing high quality patient care and outstanding customer service to become the most trusted and respected provider of healthcare services in every community we serve. An Equal Opportunity Employer. Drug Free Workplace.

Applies professionally accepted, research based practices, such as Person-in-Environment holistic approach. Works cooperatively as part of the management team to develop resident-centered approaches to all center quality of care and quality of life activities. Resident advocacy responsibilities as needed to achieve or maintain a dignified existence for all residents.

Essential Functions:
* Develops and/or delivers culturally-sensitive training to all disciplines to meet the psychosocial needs of the residents. Utilizes classroom training and spontaneous "on the floor" training opportunties.
* Participates in new employee orientation, including but not limited to education on resident rights, abuse/neglect, behaviors and culture change/resident-centered care.
* Develops and maintains a comprehensive list of services in 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.
* Social Services Specialists that are the department heads participate as members of the Performance Improvement Committee
* Level I may be an assistant and takes direction from Social Services Manager or Specialist II or III.

Advocacy Functions:
* Works with the resident, family/significant others and other team members to outline goals of stay at admission, the plan to meet those goals and discharge as appropriate.
* 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.
* Encourages involvement in family council, and assists family council with meeting arrangements.
* Works with the Executive Director and Director of Nursing to determine root cause of complaints/concerns and develop ethical solutions.
* Maintains professional networking relationships in the community with other social service organizations. Examples of such organizations include but are not limited to local chapters of National Association of Social Workers and local provider groups of social workers in hospitals or care management groups.
* Assists 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:


* Level III: Masters Degree in Social Work or Gerontology, LCSW or LICSW preferred.
* Level II: Bachelors degree in Human Service field, preferably social work.
* Level I: 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.
* All levels expected to complete 20 CE hours per year, or per state requirements.

* Level III: Licensure as required by state of employment
* Level II: Licensure or certification as required by state of employment. LSWs must maintain licensure in states that offer bachelors level licensure.
* Level I: Certification as required by the state of employment

* Level II & III: One year of supervised social work experience in a health care setting working directly with individuals.
* Level I: two years experience in a health care setting, one of which is full time supervised social work experience working directly with individuals.
* Management/administrative experience preferred.