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Alive Hospice- Hendersonville

Hospice Social Worker (Homecare)

Alive Hospice- Hendersonville


Job Summary

Excellent people seek out opportunities with us because they want to be part of a strong and compassionate community that is making lives better by making deaths better. Alive provides its team members the ability to combine a passion for healthcare and a love of community in ways that impact us all.  Come serve with us!

The Hospice Social Worker provides an assessment for, and provision of, psychosocial services and support to patients and their families.  This role will be based out of the Alive Hendersonville location and, along with two other Social Workers on the team, assist patients and families in north Davidson and Cheatham counties, Robertson and Sumner counties.

A $3500 sign-on bonus is currently being offered!!

Job Responsibilities


  • Performs initial and ongoing assessment of the patient and family’s psychosocial status and assists in accessing resources for social, financial, and community needs for adequately managing care and dealing with death.
  • Upon initial contact with the patient, review the services the hospice is responsible for providing. Assists in obtaining informed consent.
  • Develop a plan of care that optimizes the patient and family’s ability to cope with the psychosocial impact of illness and impending death. 
  • Offers support, guidance, and counseling in order to diminish stress and enhance emotional well-being.
  • Provides information about and/or refers to other community resources that are available to supplement psychosocial needs.
  • Describes additional Alive Hospice support services that may be used if appropriate, to ease caregiving demands (i.e., Patient Care Volunteer, Home Health Aide, Respite).
  • Educates patients and families about Advance Directives as a means of promoting self-determined life closure.
  • Assists patients and families to complete Advance Directives as needed.
  • Initiates opportunities for patient and family to discuss funeral planning and burial arrangements
  • Participates in interdisciplinary care planning conferences.
  • Collaborates with other team members about ongoing psychosocial issues and family dynamics in order to heighten the delivery of empathetic and emotionally supportive care.
  • Assesses the family’s bereavement needs throughout the duration of the patient’s life and develops a bereavement plan of care for the family following the patient’s death. This includes referral to Grief Support Services as necessary.
  • Facilitates bereavement support groups.
  • Conducts presentations to professional and community organizations about patient services, issues related to death and dying, and bereavement support groups.
  • Attends department meetings.
  • Serves on department and agency committees.
  • Attends mandatory agency in-services as part of continuing education.
  • Completes all clinical documentation in a timely manner, per Alive Hospice policy.
  • Notifies team members of significant changes in patient status, using established agency procedures.
  • Completes required EMR documentation to reflect time worked and mileage accrued.



MSW required. State of Tennessee LMSW licensure or must obtain this licensure within 1 year of employment. Current Tennessee driver’s license and automobile insurance as required by state law.


Professional maturity and the ability to respond calmly and effectively in stressful situations and to cope with high stress levels.

Communication and Relationship Skills: Exemplifies high level of written oral and listening communication skills, always respecting patient confidentiality.

Agency Policy and Philosophy: Communicates and supports agency mission and values in all professional interactions.

Continuing Education: Seeks to improve knowledge and skills relative to the performance of job and personal growth.

Quality and Performance Improvement: Participates in new and continuing programs designed to monitor and improve quality and performance relevant to the mission and philosophy of Alive Hospice, Inc.

Teamwork: Functions consistently and collaboratively as an integral part of the Interdisciplinary Care Team and other teams (committees, etc.) bringing experience and education to contribute to optimal team functions and outcomes.

Ethics: Demonstrates a high level of work, personal and professional ethics

Additional Information


Alive offers a full benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan to which Alive will match your contribution up to 3% at a rate of 0.5, a team-centered environment, and generous paid time off.

How to Apply

Apply directly here or go to alivehospice.org/careers.


  • Date Posted: March 12, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 04/15/2024
  • Working Hours: M-F 8:00am - 5:00 pm with oncall rotation