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Hospice Social Worker (Homecare)



Job Summary

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 Nashville location and assist patients and families in west Davidson County and Dickson County.

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 patients and families 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.
  • Participates in the after-hours on-call program and is available to respond to situations when the need for psychosocial care arises.


MSW required. State of Tennessee LMSW licensure, or must obtain this licensure within eight (8) months of hire date. Current Tennessee driver’s license and automobile insurance as required by state law.

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 ongoing education and professional development.

How to Apply

Apply directly here or go to alivehospice.org/careers


  • Date Posted: June 18, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 07/15/2024
  • Working Hours: M-F 8:00am - 5:00 pm with oncall rotation