Social Services Coordinator
The social services coordinator is responsible for overseeing the nursing facility’s comprehensive social services program to meet the psychosocial and medically related needs of each resident. Included in their responsibilities, they assess each resident and participate in the development and implementation of residents’ plan of care.
A social services coordinator needs a bachelor’s degree in social work or human services appropriate to resident needs; or one year, within the last five years, supervised direct social work experience.
Additionally, the social services coordinator has to be trained in recognizing and assessing the emotional and social needs of residents; and be knowledgeable of community agencies and resources available to meet those needs.
Social Services Director
The social services director is responsible for ensuring that the social, psychological and physical needs of all residents in the senior living community are being met. They provide counseling and social services to residents and their families. The social services director reports directly to the administrator and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, providing information on an individual resident’s psychosocial condition.
Education & Experience:
A social services director must have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) or in a human services field including but not limited to sociology, special education, rehabilitation, counseling, and psychology and needs one year of supervised social work experience in a healthcare setting working directly with individuals.
Social services directors must meet the same continuing education requirements as social workers.
Social Services Consultant