Social Work Assistant

FutureCare Facility
FutureCare Cherrywood
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Assist in meeting the psychosocial needs of residents, their families and significant others as necessary in coping with the effects of illness, disability, treatments and stay in the facility. 


  • Addresses advance directives upon admission and assists in the determination of the appropriate medical decision maker including assisting with guardianship when indicated. Obtains prior advance directives and/or assists the resident in the completion of advanced directives.  Ensures that the Policy and Procedure on Healthcare Decision Making is adhered to.
  • Provides individual, family and group services designed to maximize psychosocial well-being.
  • Through the assessment and care planning process, identifies and seeks ways to support residents’ individual needs and preferences, customary routines, concerns and choices.
  • Promotes actions by staff members that maintain or enhance each resident’s rights and dignity in full recognition of each resident’s individuality.
  • Assists residents and/or responsible parties in enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan if they have not previously enrolled.
  • Maintains contact with family (with resident’s permission) to report on changes in condition, current goals, discharge planning and encouragement to participate in the care planning process.
  • Completes assessment of residents’ psychosocial needs upon admission, quarterly, and with a change of condition. All documentation is completed in accordance with the Social Services Policy and Procedure manual.
  • Coordinates evaluations through Department of Aging AERS program to determine proper, appropriate placement for residents with mental retardation and severe mental illness.
  • Oversees and coordinates the process of discharge planning to all other settings. Is responsible for the coordination of services i.e. home care, equipment, transportation, dialysis and assisting residents and/or their responsible parties in locating any other necessary community resources.  Communicates the discharge to all parties within the interdisciplinary team.  Initiates and tracks all necessary discharge documentation to insure its thorough and timely completion.
  • Coordinates and tracks in-house psychiatric referrals, evaluations, and on-going services.
  • Assists in the development of an interdisciplinary plan of care for residents. Invites and schedules residents and /or responsible parties to participate in care plan meeting.  Coordinates participation of other interdisciplinary team members in meeting.  Responsible for the efficient operation of the care plan meeting. 
  • Through behavior modification provides alternative to drug therapy or restraints by understanding and explaining residents’ behavior to staff members, assists staff in identifying ways to communicate with residents and identifying what needs staff members must meet.
  • Provides support and grief counseling as indicated. Introduces and coordinates hospice and palliative care services.
  • Ongoing documentation in residents’ medical records regarding social service interventions and plan of care.
  • Participation in Resident Care Plan, Interdisciplinary/committee and PPS meetings on a daily or as needed basis.
  • Maintains a record and log of customer concerns and the resolutions.
  • Participates in facility orientation and education in the absence of the director.
  • Assists with coordination of room transfers.
  • Collaborates with other departments to obtain resources for residents with special communication needs i.e. foreign language, sign language, aphasia.
  • Assists with coordination of therapeutic leave of absences.
  • Participates in the Lyfe program.
  1. Abides by the standards identified in FutureCare’s Statement of Corporate Ethics and the Corporate Compliance Plan.


  1. Participation in professional development such as attendance at facility in-services and outside conferences and seminars addressing social service issues, must maintain professional credentials.


  1. Other relevant duties as assigned


  1. Possesses a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in social work, and experience in a skilled nursing, sub-acute or complex health care setting.
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills to appropriately relate to residents, their families, other staff members, department heads and community agency personnel.
  3. Demonstrated strength in identifying the medically related social and emotional needs of all residents and to advocate and intervene on the behalf of residents’ psychosocial well being.
  4. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  5. The ability to discreetly manage confidential information.
  6. The ability to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team.


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