Chaplain

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Location: Watertown, MA
Job ID: 170982-1A
Date Posted: Oct 28, 2021
Category: Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome To Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home. Our team provides high-quality home care and hospice services by partnering with physicians, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to provide specialized care to patients in the comfort of their own home. Our team of nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, and speech), medical social workers, and home health aides work together to devise and implement a compassionate care plan that is expressly tailored for each patient.

About the Job

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for a caseload of approximately 50 patients.  Follow hospice patients from admission to death.
  • Assess and identify the patient/family/caregiver spiritual status and needs. Assure hospice program and appropriate services are rendered in a timely manner
  • Document the patient/family’s religious/spiritual needs and resources on the intake/assessment form. Complete progress notes in the patient’s chart following each contact.
  • Complete Bereavement Risk Assessments according to procedural guidelines.
  • Collaborate with the patient/family/caregiver’s priest, minister, rabbi, imam, or congregation when requested by patient/family/caregiver. Collaborate with hospice spiritual colleagues as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of literature and spiritual resources that may be of assistance to patients and families at the end of life. Provide to patient/family/caregiver as appropriate or by request.
  • Respond to patient/family/caregiver requests for spiritual counsel, prayer and/or sacraments.
  • Advise patients and families in regard to making arrangements for funerals and burial.  Assist with planning for services and be available to officiate at funeral services if requested.
  • Be present with patients who are transitioning or actively dying.
  • Participate in the patient/family/caregiver problem-oriented care plan.
  • Report at IDT on the spiritual needs of the patient/family/caregiver and chaplain’s interventions.
  • Provide ongoing guidance and education to hospice workers that beyond the physical and emotional support we give, our patients may desire to have spiritual resources of their choosing.
  • Be a spiritual resource to team members.
  • Offer a spiritual opening at the beginning of IDT and other staff gatherings. Participate in providing daily e-mail spiritual reflections to hospice/palliative team. Provide Spiritual leadership and input for all Hospice Functions including the Service of Remembrance.
  • Rotate with Social Workers for Supportive Services coverage needs.  Provide clinical and work with the weekend triage nurse to address any urgent supportive services needs.
  • Attend scheduled patient care conferences, Quality Improvement Meetings; staff meetings and all other applicable meetings and inservices.
  • Demonstrate continued professional growth and development through participation in education programs and review of current literature.
  • Adhere to all Agency, state and federal policies and procedures, laws, and regulations which are relevant to job responsibilities.
  • Maintain confidentiality of business and health information in accordance with HIPAA and state regulations, and BILH policies.