Thank You to the Staff at Oak Knoll Healthcare Center Thank you for your care and kindness while I was there to begin recuperating from a stroke I had on October 11, 2016...Whatever your role, thank you for your patience when I had a bad day...your strength when I didn’t have any, your encouragement when I had doubts, your “pep talks” when I was discouraged and needed them most, your sense of humor to add some laughs to the day (laughter is the best and cheapest medicine). Some of these may seem like little things to you, but they make the patient feel more like a person who matters instead of just the occupant of a specific bed. I miss your unique personalities now that I’m home. Thank you. I know you were looking out for my best interests while I was at Oak Knoll from October 18 through December 28, 2016. Carolyn S. Room 219B

Oak Knoll Healthcare Center

Home Health Social Worker

Location: Westborough, MA - Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital

Category: Home Health

Home Health Social Worker – Per Diem

Primary Responsibilities:
• Provides social work intervention for clients and/or families that have demonstrated a need for such while receiving home health care services.
• Provides necessary support to team members involved in client care.    
• Demonstrates ability to travel to/from patient’s homes, maintaining timely and accurate reports and records.
• Demonstrates respect for patient confidentiality, goals, property and lifestyle.
• Evaluates the client’s psychological status as it relates to the client’s illness and environment.
• Assists the physician and other team embers in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the health problems of individual clients.
• Prepares clinical and progress notes in timely, accurate manner.
• Participates in case conferences with the health care team.
• Works with the family and/or significant others.
• Utilizes appropriate community resources.
• Participates in discharge planning and inservice programs.
• Acts as a consultant to other department personnel.
• Identifies client and family needs for other home health services and refers for same when appropriate.
• Delegates to/supervises social worker assistants.
• Coordinates a treatment and/or supervisory caseload utilizing grouping of visits per locale, time prioritization, and demonstrating productivity.
• Ensures safety, infection control, and maintenance of equipment in office area and in the patients’ home.
• Participates in the agency’s planning for social service programs and policy formulation.
• Assists with Performance Improvement activities within the departments/hospital to improve patient/staff and quality of patient care, etc.

• Master’s degree from a school of social work accredited by the council on social work education.
• One year of social work experience in a health care setting including age-related competence for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients as indicated. 
• Current licensure in Massachusetts.
• Knowledge of growth and development across the life span.
• Certification in BCLS of Adult.
• Must have valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
• Working knowledge of therapeutic modalities and community resources.
• Must demonstrate good communications, verbal and written skills.

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