"I have peace of mind knowing hospice is always available to help and is here to maintain my quality of life."

Pauline Salazar, Hospice Patient
Bakersfield, CA

Optimal Hospice Foundation


Medical Social Worker


The Medical Social Worker must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, sociology or other related field and a Masters in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Also must have 1-year experience under the supervision of a MSW. The Medical Social Worker assesses the psychosocial status of patients/families/caregivers ability to function adequately. The MSW also prepares and submits clinical progress notes, which reflect patient/family issues and goals as it relates to the plan of care.  The MSW also counsels the patients/families/caregivers as needed in relationship to stress and other identified coping difficulties. Must also work effectively with the interdisciplinary team, physicians and other medical professionals in the community.

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