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18 Dec 2023

Full-Time Hospice Social Worker (IL LSW or LCSW)

Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. – Posted by jgutierrez@hospice.org Belleville, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Hospice of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit, free-standing, community-based hospice offering Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metro-East communities a range of services for people of all ages at the end of life. We have been providing compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families in their home or a home-like setting since 1981. Since that time, we have continued our mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Our reputation is a direct result of our desire to do more than what is required or expected. This can be seen in the passion and commitment of our employees and volunteers to provide excellent hospice care through all the services we provide. A career in hospice care at Hospice of Southern Illinois is a calling. Is it calling you? We are currently hiring for a Social Worker position that would be based out of our Belleville, IL office.


Summary of the Social Worker (IL LSW or LCSW) Position:

  • The Social Worker, as part of the Interdisciplinary Team, is responsible for assessing, planning, and implementing the delivery of medical social work services to hospice patients and/or families. Pro-actively promotes clinical competencies to assure positive patient outcomes by establishing and participating in the use of the clinical process to meet the realistic needs of the patient and/or family, as defined by the physician’s orders and the Plan of Care.  Assures consistent, appropriate, and cost-effective care by actively managing the patient’s and/or family’s needs payor’s expectation, company policy compliance, and Hospice of Southern Illinois’ financial objectives.
  • Full-Time Non-Exempt Position
  • 40 Hours Weekly, Monday-Friday 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. with an additional rotational on-call schedule that includes some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Would travel within all counties of our Belleville office’s service area which include the: St. Clair, Monroe, Washington, Randolph, Clinton, Madison, Bond, Montgomery, Macoupin, Jersey, and Calhoun.
  • Must be an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Social Worker (LSW) to be considered for the position.
  • Hospice of Southern Illinois is certified by the State of Illinois and is in compliance with the registration requirements of the Illinois Equal Pay Act.
  • By applying, you are consenting to be contacted via phone call, text, or email regarding your application for this position.
  • For further information about our company and to apply online, please visit hospice.org/careers.
  • For any questions or concerns, please contact HR Generalist Jade Gutierrez at (618) 310-7129 or email jg********@ho*****.org .
  • EOE




Position Requirements


  1. Education
    1. Masters in Social Work (MSW) or Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work required.
  2. Qualifications
    1. One (1) year experience in hospice preferred.
    2. Two (2) years of experience in hospital, long-term care, or home-health setting required.
  3. Other Qualifications
    1. To be licensed in the State of Illinois as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
    2. Excellent clinical assessment, organizational and interpersonal relationship skills.
    3. A working knowledge of Medicare/Medicaid, hospice regulations, and third-party payor expectations is preferred.
    4. Reliable means of transportation.


Physical Requirements: Performs repetitive tasks. Does sedentary work.  Prolonged periods of sitting at times.  Exerts up to 10 lbs. force occasionally.  Requires physical flexibility of bending at knee and squat-bend.The Social Worker manages stress appropriately, makes decisions under pressure, handles multiple priorities, works with an Interdisciplinary Team, manages anger/fear/hostility/violence, and boundary issues of others appropriately.  This position requires clarity of vision >20 inches and <20 feet, hears alarms/telephone/tape recorder.


Working Conditions: The Social Worker spends approximately 40% of his/her time in an air-conditioned environment with varying exposure to humidity and noise.  The remaining 60% of his/her time is spent in an automobile or patient home, which may or may not have heat/air conditioning.  The position has potential for exposure to malodorous, infectious body fluids from patients, animal pet hair, allergens in the home environment, some exposure to noxious smells from cleansing agents, and exposure to communicable diseases and traffic.



Essential Functions of the Social Worker Position

  1. Demonstrates knowledge about hospice and end-of-life care and is able to articulate the philosophy and services including the practice and roles of social work and the interdisciplinary team for internal and external customers.
  2. Completes a comprehensive psychosocial assessment within 5 days after admission to hospice. Documents and updates comprehensive psychosocial assessment no less frequently than every 15 days.
  3. In collaboration with patient, family, and interdisciplinary team, develops plan of care. Regularly reassesses and revises treatment plans in response to newly identified needs and altered goals of care.
  4. Attends staff meetings and actively participates in IDT and other meetings/committees as assigned.
  5. Establishes rapport and therapeutic relationships with patients/families through nonjudgmental active listening, empathy, and emotional support.
  6. Assesses and develops plan in response to safety concerns, caregiving concerns and/or suicidal ideation.
  7. As mandated reporters, discusses any suspected abuse or neglect with management, Regulatory Compliance, and appropriate authorities.
  8. Demonstrates an attitude of compassion and sensitivity to clients, respecting client’s rights to self-determination and dignity.
  9. Maintains professional boundaries of personal beliefs, value, and feelings and how their personal self may influence their practice.
  10. Serves as advocate for the needs, decisions, and rights of clients in end-of-life care.
  11. Ongoing documentation of social work care reflects the assessment, issues addressed, treatment offered, plan of care and must assure continuity of care between all settings. Documentation is timely according to Standards of Performance.
  12. Demonstrates understanding and respect about how individuals are influenced by their ethnicity, culture, values, religion and health-related benefits and economic situations as they relate to end-of-life care. Shares knowledge with IDT.
  13. Assumes personal responsibility for their continued professional development in accordance with state licensure requirements and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) standards for continuing professional education. Ensures required assigned education is finished in the specified time.
  14. Educates the patient/family on the development, use, support and revision of advance directives throughout the progression of the illness.
  15. Provides knowledge of available community resources and how to gain access to them. Initiates referrals as indicated.
  16. Provides intensive counseling as well as practical services for those confronted by life-limiting illnesses, maximizing coping crisis and addressing the psychosocial domains of symptoms, suffering, grief and loss.
  17. Effectively presents information in a clear and concise manner. Facilitates open communication.  Organized and works efficiently with minimal supervision.  Is a self-starter who is able to multi-task, demonstrates flexibility, motivation, initiative and commitment.
  18. Participates in QAPI activities.
  19. Participates in on-call after-hour care.
  20. At the IDT meeting, no less frequently than 15 days, the social worker presents the psychosocial patient assessment and provides ongoing updates on emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural factors that may impact end-of-life care.
  21. Teamwork – demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively with others in a team environment to ensure deadlines, goals and objectives are met.
  22. Supports, demonstrates, and celebrates evidence of Hospice of Southern Illinois core values.
  23. Accurate timesheet documentation.
  24. Appropriately manages Paid Time Off.
  25. Other duties as assigned.



Benefit and Insurance Information

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Extended Illness Benefits (EIB)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Medical Insurance. Company pays 90% of the employee’s health insurance premiums and contributes 15% towards the health insurance premiums for spouses or children.
  • Medical FSA for Traditional PPO Health Insurance Plans
  • Dependent Care FSA
  • HSAs for High Deductible Health Insurance Plans with an employer contribution
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental Insurance
  • Monthly Cell Phone Allowance of $36
  • Mileage Reimbursement of .67 cents per mile
  • VSP Vision Insurance
  • BCBS Basic Life and AD&D insurance (Paid for by the company)
  • BCBS Supplemental Life Insurance for the employee, spouse, or children
  • BCBS Short-Term Disability
  • BCBS Long-Term Disability (Paid for by the company)
  • Tuition Reimbursement of $3,500 annually after one year of employment for approved courses.
  • Student Loan Reimbursement of $2,500 annually after one year of employment
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with a company match up to 3% in 2024.
  • Employee Assistance Program from Mine & Associates
  • McKendree University 10% Tuition Discount
  • SIUE 5% Tuition Discount
  • Recruitment Referral Reward Program
  • Discounts from select companies (auto, cellphone, etc.)
  • Earn Burgundy Bucks which can be spent on items such as clothing and services in the Employee Portal.
  • Wellness Reimbursement of $200 annually for gym memberships, marathons, and weight loss programs.
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How to Apply

  • By applying, you are consenting to be contacted via phone call, text, or email regarding your application for this position.
  • For further information about our company and to apply online, please visit hospice.org/careers.
  • For any questions or concerns, please contact HR Generalist Jade Gutierrez at (618) 310-7129 or email jgutierrez@hospice.org .
  • EOE

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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