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Director of Social Services

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/6/2021 12:21 PM)
Job ID
Social Work
Regular Full-Time
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
Experience Needed
3-5 years
Salary Info
Based on Experience
Job Post Information* : External Company Name
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Full Time – Laurelwood Care Center - Johnstown, PA


Laurelwood Care Center seeks a Social Services Director to oversee all social services, including the evaluation of individual resident’s social needs and devising comprehensive care plans accordingly. The Social Services Director will be a critical cross-departmental link at the facility, working with medical and non-medical personnel to support residents in a comprehensive way, and ensure top quality total-patient care.


Responsibilities of the Social Services Director include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the overall social services program for the Center, including internal matters, as well as community/civic health projects
  • Developing and maintaining social services objectives and standards along with specific policies and procedures for the center
  • Establishing and implementing a method of assessing the social and emotional needs of each resident, and ensuring the social services component of care plans are developed and implemented
  • Providing alternatives to drug therapy and/or restraints by understanding/communicating reasons behind resident behavior, and developing compassionate plans to serve all parties’ needs
  • Aiding in discharge services, including community congregate living outreach, intake services for those returning home and transitions to hospice care
  • Making arrangements for adaptive equipment, personal items and clothing, as needed
  • Maintaining contact with families and providing updates to residents’ condition and progress, with patient permission
  • Assisting residents with legal and financial matters, such as applying for pension, lawyer referrals and aiding with funeral/preplanning arrangements
  • Developing and executing in-service training for relevant personnel
  • Providing counseling/support for residents’ families
  • Applicants must understand the foundation of eldercare support, and display extreme empathy, compassion and patience at all times. The successful candidate will have previous experience in geriatrics/gerontology, and have worked in a health care facility or in medical social work. A bachelor’s degree in social work or a human services field including sociology, special education, rehabilitation counseling, gerontolgy or psychology is required. A MSW is highly preferred. One year of supervised social work experience in a health care setting working directly with individuals (preferably long term care/skilled nursing facility) is required.





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