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Alive Hospice - Hendersonville office

Hospice Social Worker

Alive Hospice - Hendersonville office


Job Summary

Are you a Social Work professional who desires to work in a capacity in which your efforts directly impact patients and their loved ones? If you are excited to use your talents and skill set in ways that truly make a difference in the middle TN healthcare market, then we can’t wait to talk with you!



The Social Worker provides an assessment for and provision of psychosocial services and support to patients and their families.




Job Responsibilities

  1. Performs initial and ongoing assessment of the patient and family’s psycho social status and assists in accessing resources for social, financial, and community needs for adequately managing care and dealing with death.
  2. Upon initial contact with the patient, reviews the services hospice is responsible for providing. Assists in obtaining informed consents.
  3. Develops a plan of care that optimizes patient and family ability to cope with the psycho social impact of illness and impending death.
  4. Offers support, guidance and counseling in order to diminish stress and enhance emotional well being.
  5. Provides information about and/or refers to other community resources that are available to supplement psycho social needs.
  6. Describes additional Alive Hospice support services that may be used if appropriate, to ease care-giving demands (i.e., Patient Care Volunteer, Home Health Aide, Respite).
  7. Educates patient and family about Advance Directives as a means of promoting self-determined life closure.
  8. Assists patients and families to complete Advance Directives as needed.
  9. Initiates opportunities for patient and family to discuss funeral planning and burial arrangements.
    1. Participates in interdisciplinary care planning conference.
  10. Collaborates with team members about ongoing psycho social issues and family dynamics in order to heighten the delivery of empathetic and emotionally supportive care.
  11. Assesses 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.
  12. Facilitates bereavement support groups.
  13. Conducts presentations to professional and community organizations about patient services, issues related to death and dying and bereavement support groups.
  14. Attends department meetings.
  15. Serves on department and agency committees.
  16. Attends mandatory agency in-services as part of continuing education.
  17. Completes all clinical documentation in a timely manner, per Alive Hospice policy.
  18. Notifies team members of significant changes in patient status, using established agency procedures.
  19. Completes required EMR documentation to reflect time worked and mileage accrued.
  20. Follows all agency protocols, policies and procedures appropriately.
  21. Participates in the after-hours on call program and is available to respond in situations when the need for psycho social care arises.
  22. Other duties may also be assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, including meeting the required competencies. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work.  One (1) year of work experience preferred in healthcare or agency setting; Hospice experience preferred.

Additional Information


Medical, dental and vision insurance are available.

Option to contribute to 403b retirement account.

Paid time off

The opportunity to work on a compassionate, respectful, mission-driven team!

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  • Date Posted: January 13, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 02/15/2021
  • Working Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm