Dear Ms. Roman: I was recently a patient at Whittier, and wanted to give you some feedback. I don’t think I could have had better treatment anywhere. Staff, from clinical through to housekeeping, were uniformly pleasant and helpful. I’d like to thank everyone on the nursing and therapy staffs for their cheerful help and support, and hope you’ll pass these comments on to them. I am an attorney, and most of my practice has been with the mentally ill, their families and treaters, and I’ve worked with a couple of dozen different hospitals. But being a patient gives you a different perspective. ‘Simple’ things, like great food that everyone looks forward to, are therapeutic in themselves. Again, please thank the entire staff on my behalf. Sincerely, Thomas F. O.

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Westborough

Licensed Social Worker - Per Diem

Location: Marion, MA - Sippican Healthcare Center

Category: Social Work

Licensed Social Worker - Per Diem

Primary Responsibilities:
• Participates on the Admission Team, with the Administrator and Director of Nursing, to assess the appropriateness of referrals for admission to the facility prior to the admission of the resident.
• Participates in the formation of the total care plan for each resident. 
• Documents pre-admission activities in the clinical record for each new admission. 
• Develops the social service evaluation for the clinical record to include resident's social history, social and emotional need of the resident, working goals and treatment plan. 
• Liaisons with family members and responsible parties. 
• Serves as an advocate for Resident's Bill of Rights. 
• Attends resident's councils. 
• Participates in in-service education programs within the nursing home and outside facilities to maintain CEU credits for licensure.
• Coordinate with outside agencies to meet psycho-social and emotional needs of residents. 
• Implements working knowledge of Medicare/Medicaid bylaws. 
• Participates in Continuous Quality Improvement. 
• Attends weekly patient care planning meetings, Medicare meetings, preparation for JCAHO. 
• Conducts Crisis Intervention with facility personnel and residents. 
• Develops and implements discharge plans with resident, family and facility team. 
• Provides discharge/expiration follow-up.

• Must be licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
• Must have at least a BA in Social Work or other related discipline from an accredited university. 
• At least 2 years work experience as a social worker required with experience in a health care setting preferred. 
• Possess working knowledge of state and federal programs and regulations affecting nursing homes preferred. 
• Possess general knowledge of community health and social resources preferred. 
• Knowledge of growth and development across the life span required.

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