Hospice Buffalo
  • Social Work
  • Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Full Time Medical Social Worker for Home Connections Palliative Care.

Palliative care specializes in the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of people affected by serious illness - whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families by providing care in home. Palliative care is appropriate at any point in an illness and can be provided along with other treatments.

Home Connections mission is to help ease patients through the course of serious illness, regardless of changes in diagnosis or medical treatment


A Home Connections Medical Social Worker provides clinical social work services to patients and families utilizing a variety of modalities, and in accordance with State/Federal regulations. The social worker is an integral member of the interdisciplinary team and acts as a consultant for psychosocial aspects of coping with illness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides skilled social work services including counseling, support, advocacy, long term planning, community resource coordination, crisis intervention and other services to optimize patient care.
  • Observes, records, and reports the patient and family's reaction to treatment and any change in the patient's condition to the physician and/or patient case manager and other staff involved.
  • Assists the physician and other members of the home health team to understand the significance of social and emotional factors
  • Assesses and reassesses social and emotional factors in order to help the patient and family to cope with problems in daily living and to help them follow medical recommendations to maximize quality of life.
  • Adheres to Social Work Quality Assurance standards, keeps abreast of social work trends and knowledge for service provision; and assists in audits/peer reviews as directed by his/her supervisor.
  • Participates in the agency's quality improvement program and documents quality assurance data as required; Completes work, care and documentation with accuracy and within time frames.
  • Maintains client charts and other written/computerized record keeping assignments in a timely fashion.


Education / Certification

  • Master's degree in Social Work required
  • NYS Licensure required
  • Current NYS Driver's license, free of serious violations, and vehicle required.


  • One year clinical counseling experience in hospice or a health related field. Experience with grief/loss issues, and with community resources/agency systems needed.
  • Strong clinical skills needed in the areas of: assessment, counseling on grief/loss and lifestyle change, crisis intervention, problem resolution and coping issues, long term planning, community resource coordination/information/referrals, and in patient/family/agency advocacy.

Hospice offers a Competitive Pay Structure.

  • Premium Pay $ per hour on base depending on role
  • Shift Differential $ per hour on base depending on time of day, and day of the week

Hospice offers a Robust Total Rewards Package

  • Employer 401k contribution regardless of employee participation, and match on employee contributions there after
  • Health Insurance with vision component copayment plan, or high deductible plan
  • HSA with high deductible health plan twice annual Employer contribution
  • Dental Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off PTO & NYS Sick Leave
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • And Much More!
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