Department: Home Care & Hospice
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports To: Homecare & Hospice Administrator
Summary: Provide spiritual care services to patients and their families, and hospice caregivers and staff, either directly or through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors. Develop and implement the bereavement plan of care.
1. Assesses the spiritual needs of hospice patients and develops and implements a corresponding plan of care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary group.
2. Provides direct spiritual support and bereavement counseling to patients and their family members and caregivers.
3. Attends interdisciplinary group meetings to facilitate coordination of care by interdisciplinary group, and discussion of interdisciplinary group involvement with patient, patient’s family and caregivers.
4. Provides consultation, education, and support to the interdisciplinary group on spiritual care and bereavement counseling.
5. Recruits community chaplains, spiritual counselors, and spiritual care volunteers adequate to meet patient, family and caregiver needs. Assists in supervision of spiritual care volunteers when assigned to patients, families and caregivers.
6. Develops community contacts and offers education about hospice care through places of worship.
7. Actively participates in quality assessment activities.
8. Facilitates referrals to the hospice program from within the spiritual community.
9. Is available for on-call.
10. Provides for funeral or memorial services for patients as requested.
11. Directs the development and implementation of the bereavement plan of care in coordination with the interdisciplinary group. Make available bereavement services to family and caregivers for up to one year following the death of the patient.
12. Plans periodic memorial services to meet the needs of families, caregivers, hospice staff, and volunteers and community spiritual counselors working with the hospice team.
13. Develops a bereavement support group, or partners with an existing group, to offer support to family and caregivers following the death of the patient.
1. Graduate of accredited seminary or school of theology (BD, MDiv or equivalent theological degree), or degree in pastoral care.
2. Comfortable in an inter-faith setting, and able to accept different lifestyles, beliefs and values.
3. Ability to network with community spiritual care leaders and places of worship.
4. Must be comfortable with death and dying and providing spiritual guidance in a hospice setting either at home, or at a SNF or Board and Care home.
5. Demonstrates excellent observation, problem solving, verbal and written communications.
6. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination, and background check.
7. Bilingual in English and Chinese.
8. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
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