Social Service Designee


Job Description: Performs duties and implements programs that meet physical, mental, and psychosocial needs of the residents. Is involved in marketing and completes numerous forms on admissions.

Accountability: Social Service Director reports to the Administrator.

Equipment Used: Employee may be required to operate an automobile and various office equipment.

Environment: Exposure to both indoor and outdoor environments.

Duties and Responsibilities: The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Except as specifically noted, the following functions are considered essential to this position.

1. Coordinates all admissions to the facility. This includes readmissions, room moves and patient inquires. 
2. Coordinates all discharges. Discharge plans should be written and include involvement with family and community services, as appropriate.
3. May be required to coordinate resident Medicare and Medicaid benefits including beneficiary consent, denials, explanations, utilization, & MS 2001. Also responsible for coordinating VA and insurance benefits for residents.
4. May be required to coordinated resident and family member grievances and acts as the resident advocate when necessary.
5. Assists residents with admissions and assures compliance with all State and Federal requirements regarding admission and Social Services.
6. Actively participates in care plan meetings and may be responsible for involving residents and family members. Required to participate in Quality Assurance, and other meetings/committees as assigned.
7. Responsible for Social Service progress notes, assessments, and care plans.
8. May be required to coordinate family or resident meetings, and give staff in services.
9. May be required to develop and conduct psychosocial resident groups.
10. Assures personal and staff compliance to all State and Federal regulations including blood borne pathogens, infection control, use of hazardous materials, and fire safety.
11. Assures personal and staff compliance to all Residents’ Rights. 

Facility Specific Duties and Responsibilities: None

Physical Activity Requirements: Employee is required to use transfer/gait belts or to obtain the assistance of another employee when attempting to assist residents or when lifting or carrying objects in excess of 25 lbs. The employee must be aware that during the normal, routine performance of the essential functions, some of the following body movements may occur naturally, although they are not a requirement of the job.

Primary Physical Requirements:

Lift up to 10 lbs: Occasionally

Lift 11 to 25 lbs: Not required

Lift 26 to 50 lbs: Not required

Lift over 50 lbs: Not Required

Carry up to 10 lbs: Occasionally

Carry 11 to 25 lbs: Not required

Carry 26 to 50 lbs: Not required

Carry over 50 lbs: Not required

Reach above shoulder height: Occasionally

Reach at shoulder height: Frequently

Reach below shoulder height: Frequently

Push/Pull: Occasionally

Hand Manipulation:

Grasping: Frequently

Handling: Constantly

Torquing: Not Required

Fingering: Occasionally

Controls & Equipment: Employee may be required to operate an automobile and office equipment

Other Physical Considerations:

Twisting: Not required

Bending: Required

Crawling: Not required

Squatting: Not required

Kneeling: Not required

Crouching: Not required

Climbing: Not required

Balancing: Not required

During an 8-hour day, Employee may be required to:


                                                                        Consecutive Hours    Total Hours

                                Sit                          2                         8

                                Stand                      1                         2

                                 Walk                      1                         2

Work Surface: Work surfaces vary from carpet, linoleum, or tile.

Cognitive and Sensory Requirements:

Talking: Required

Hearing: Required

Sight: Not required

Tasting & Smelling: Not required

Access to Personal Health Information: Requires access to the entire medical record on an as-needed basis.

Licensure/Certification Requirements: Kansas Certification as a Social Services Designee.

Other Training, Skills, and Experience Requirements: Employee must be able to perform in such a way to build good working habits and relationships among all staff. Employee must demonstrated on an ongoing basis the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and other department heads.

Summary of Occupational Exposures:

Bloodborne Pathogens:
            Tasks and procedures performed by employee involve risks classified by CDC as:
Category III (Task/activity does not entail predictable or unpredictable exposure to blood.)
This position typically does not involve Category I or II exposure risk; however, if employee is trained in first aid, some emergency procedures may entail Category I or II exposure risks.
Specific Task Exposure:
            General Resident Care: Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions, other body fluids- cerebrospinal, synovial, pleaural, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic;
            Handling Soiled Linens and Clothing: Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions, other body fluids- cerebrospinal, synovial, pleaural, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic;
            Cleaning Resident Rooms and Common Areas- Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions. 

Refer to Exposure Control Plan for additional information.

Other Considerations and Requirements: This position required an individual with high quality communication skills. Experience with death and dying, depression, family conflicts, and loss of independence is helpful.

Employee may be requested to perform other duties or tasks that are not listed, but are within the competence and training of the certification listed above. The employer reserves the right to modify this job description based upon the company needs.

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