Job Title/Position: Hospice Chaplain
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
The Hospice Chaplain is responsible for the provision of spiritual care services to patients and families/caregivers of Horizons Hospice, LLC, either directly or through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assures spiritual assessment of patients and families/caregivers in the hospice program and appropriate services are rendered in a timely manner.
- Facilitates the development in the interdisciplinary team/group plan of care.
- Provides direct spiritual care to patients and families/caregivers.
- Serves as liaison and support to community chaplains and spiritual counselors.
- Maintains records of spiritual care services utilization and related activities for quality assurance, program development, and policies and procedures review and revision.
- Documents direct services and ongoing communication with community chaplains and spiritual counselors.
- Attends patient care conference and interdisciplinary team/group meetings as a member of the interdisciplinary team/group.
- Provides consultation, education, and support to the interdisciplinary team/group on spiritual care.
- Recruits community chaplains, spiritual counselors, and spiritual care volunteers adequate to meet patient and family/caregiver needs by developing community contacts and offering education through congregations about hospice care.
- Provides for funeral or memorial services for patients as requested.
- Plans periodic memorial services to meet the needs of personnel, volunteers, and community clergy/spiritual counselors working with the hospice team.
- Assists in supervision of spiritual care volunteers when assigned to patients/families/caregivers.
- Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities as needed.
- Accepts and performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Graduate of accredited seminary or school of theology (BD, MDiv or equivalent theological degree). Experience working with death and dying, individuals/families/caregivers.
- Ability to work as a member of interdisciplinary team/group.
- Comfort in an interfaith setting.
- Ability to accept different lifestyles, cultures, beliefs, and values.
- Ability to network with community clergy and congregations.
- Knowledge of and commitment to hospice philosophy of care.
- Hospice experience preferred.
- Community home environment.
- Exposure to infectious diseases.
- In and out of automobile.