Oakwood Care Center
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Full Time

Summary/Objective In keeping with our organization's goal of improving the lives of the Residents we serve, the Social Worker ensures that the medically related emotional and social needs of the our nursing home's residents are met and maintained on an individual basis and in accordance with current federal, state, and local regulations.

Essential Functions Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Responsible for keeping up-to-date evaluation documentation on each Resident's activities at the facility which complies with Federal, State, and Local regulations.
  2. Develops a comprehensive social history and psychosocial assessment that includes the Resident's problems and strengths and preferences, including cultural, religious, and ethnic background and implications for the care plan.
  3. Orients Residents and families to the facility, its services, its service limitations and Residents' rights.
  4. Attends scheduled care conferences and identifies and interprets psychosocial needs of Residents for inclusion in the care plan, addressing in particular issues of schedule, treatment and environment that express and reinforce individuality and identity.
  5. Assists with the coordination, intake, admission and Resident transfer within the facility.
  6. Discusses the facility rules and regulations with Residents' families and responds to questions with regard to these rules.
  7. Coordinates the inspection of Resident's belongings to ensure they are properly labeled and inventoried.
  8. Attends Interdisciplinary Team and Unit Care conferences, Assesses Residents for psychosocial groups, and supervises implementation and documentation.
  9. Completes mandatory documentation within timelines established by applicable regulations.
  10. Provides consultation to Residents on a regular or as needed basis to discuss problems encountered by Residents and assists with the implementation of solutions.
  11. Mediates issues that arise among Residents, families and staff.
  12. Provides linkage with appropriate community resources by maintaining knowledge of other systems, making referrals and identifying unmet needs (e.g., recreational transportation, adaptive phone equipment, etc.)
  13. Develops a comprehensive discharge plan in collaboration with Residents, Residents' families, multidisciplinary staff, and referral agencies.
  14. Provides informal counseling when needed to uncover any problems which might interfere with the Residents' socialization and participation in activities.
  15. Establishes, develops, maintains and updates filing system for the Social Services Department.
  16. Reports all hazardous conditions, damaged equipment and supply issues to appropriate persons. Follows established safety precautions when preforming tasks and using equipment and supplies.
  17. Maintains the comfort, privacy and dignity of Residents and interacts with them in a manner that displays warmth, respect and promotes a caring environment.
  18. Communicates and interacts effectively and tactfully with Residents, visitors, families, peers and supervisors.
  19. Answers and respond to call lights promptly and courteously when working in Resident care areas.
  20. Attend and participate in departmental meetings and in-services as directed.

Supervisory Responsibility This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment This job operates in a skilled /long term health care setting. This role requires regular walking to various locations around the facility. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

This role may also come into contact with Residents who may have contagious illnesses. 


Physical Demands while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work This position is part of a health care facility that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Evening and weekend work as well as holiday and work during inclement weather will be required. 

Travel This position may travel to and from various locations in and around the surrounding community.


Required Education and Experience

  • Two years' experience in a social worker role, preferably in a health care setting.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in social work or similar field.
  • 5 years related experience.


Additional Eligibility Qualifications: previous experience in the social services department of a skilled/long term healthcare facility is preferred.


Other Duties Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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