Social Worker - Hospice

Full Time

Willamette Vital Health, your local nonprofit that helps families through one of the most difficult times in life — losing a loved one — is searching for an experienced MSW with a passion for empathetic care with a focus on quality of life. If that’s you, we would love to meet you.

1:1 patient care with a focus on quality of life .

Competitive salary and generous benefits in a collaborative environment.

Flexibility to plan your day based on scheduled patient visits and their needs.

Employee Assistance Program that includes short term counseling and mental health assistance.

The Role:

Hospice Care is a service offered to our patients that focuses on quality of life and comfort when living with a serious illness.

We’re looking for MSWs that want to use their expertise and experience as part of a team to provide the best care possible to those experiencing serious illness.

By providing expert, personalized care to hospice patients where they live you will bring dignity and compassion to those coping with symptoms of a serious illness.

Who You Are:

Your Impact. Willamette Vital Health is looking for passionate, empathetic, tenacious healthcare professionals, willing to partner in helping families get the most out of their remaining time together.


  • Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) required
  • Minimum of one year experience in Hospice preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with multigenerational family systems in a clinical capacity
  • Demonstrated experience working with life-threatening conditions, chronic disease, hospice and/or end-of-life care, and related situations
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver's license, and proof of auto insurance in order to travel to and from patients' homes
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Tuberculosis screening after hire required


  • Participate in planning and coordinating patient care in collaboration with patient/family and other members of the health care team to maximize patient outcomes and use resources
  • Assess patient's emotional, social, and spiritual status initially and on an ongoing basis
  • Utilizes psychosocial assessment to develop a care plan with measurable goals and individualized interventions.
  • Utilize a variety of techniques to identify and assess the psychological, emotional and social factors affecting the patient and family and communicates patient and family needs to the interdisciplinary team.
  • Provides counseling to patients and families experiencing emotional, social or economic stress related to terminal illness.
  • Develop plans of care based on the initial assessment, advance care planning, educational components as needed.
  • Engage with patient and family to facilitate trust, rapport, and communication and provide supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and/or appropriate therapeutic supports as needed to the patient, family group or individual family members.
  • Act as liaison to promote discussion between the patient, family, and health care team, in order to facilitate understanding of the patient’s medical condition and treatment options, and to establish clear, patient-centered goals of care and care plans.
  • Provide instruction/education/counseling/guidance consistent with learning needs, abilities and readiness of the patient and family in preparation for end-of-life care, death and healthy management of grief and loss.
  • Refer patients and families to appropriate supports and resources, including Agency services such as spiritual counseling, aides, or Massage or Music Therapy, and community-based services including, mental health resources, bereavement counseling, family services, and related legal services.
  • Coordinate the utilization of community resources including financial resources for needed caregiving, supplies, equipment and medications.
  • Advocate for the patient and family to ensure respect for patient autonomy and to maximize the safety of the patient’s care plan.
  • Ensure the patient/family have choices in their care and have a right to maintain as much control as possible over their lives.
  • Acts in a primary role of assessing bereavement risk and providing information for bereavement follow-up.
  • Participate as a member of the larger Hospice Care Team, communicating clearly and effectively with other team members to provide quality patient and family care, meet individual patient and family members care needs, and achieve appropriate hospice care plans.
  • Consistently and accurately documents patient condition and interventions in a systematic, concise, legible, and timely manner according to established agency guidelines.
  • Convey a supportive attitude and establishes and maintains open lines of communications that are clear, concise, and informative.
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and skill base in support of hospice philosophies.

Who We Are:

It’s not our organization itself that delivers deeply impactful work. It's our people. We’re an empathetic, resilient, diverse and passionate group of people working together to create the best care possible for those facing serious illness and grief. We believe personalized care and grief support should be available to all who need it, so we provide our services regardless of ability to pay.

Powerful Purpose. Purpose is at the heart of our care provider experience. At Willamette Vital Health, everyone is united by the mission to provide people facing serious illness, death, and grief with access to the best personalized and compassionate care.

Galvanizing Resilience. Willamette Vital Health provides vital care during families’ toughest times. This provides many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Excellence with Integrity. Willamette Vital Health and our team of Social Workers and caring staff are committed to trust, ethics, quality, accountability and expertise. This is how we deliver the best compassionate care.

Better Together. The Willamette Vital Health team works together to maximize the care we provide and support one another. We celebrate one another’s successes and invest in the team’s wellness.

Why Willamette Vital Health:

  • A challenging and rewarding career with flexibility to manage your schedule throughout your workday
  • Competitive salary and benefits, including EAP (Employee Assistance Program) 401k with matching contributions, generous PTO, pre-tax spending accounts for healthcare (FSA) and Dependent Care (DCA)
  • Comprehensive and collaborative training and orientation
  • Ongoing education and support
  • Reimbursement for Hospice & Palliative Care certification exam
  • Option to purchase several programs at low cost: critical illness/accident insurance, voluntary life insurance, ID/Legal Shield, FIGO pet insurance

Thank you for your interest in joining the team at Willamette Vital Health. We provide rewarding careers for passionate, caring, and experienced employees. We believe that everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief deserves access to the best personalized and compassionate care available, and the team at Willamette Vital Health strives to provide such care.

Willamette Vital Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, physical characteristics, age, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status. All qualified candidates legally able to work in the United States are encouraged to apply.

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