Social Service Assistant
Social Service Assistants are members of interdisciplinary health care teams within the LTC facility. They work under the supervision of licensed social workers and other staff who have more education and experience, and assist these professionals with their daily tasks. They often conduct admission interviews, inform residents and their families of their rights, advocate for residents with social services organizations, help residents adjust to living in the facility, and coordinate care...
George Mason University
What you will learn
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the aging process, including misconceptions, physical changes and psycho-social aspects
- Demonstrate knowledge of applicable state and federal regulations
- Show understanding of the rights of individuals who reside in long-term care facilities
- Demonstrate knowledge of the admission and discharge process
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of documentation
- Demonstrate ability in basic performance skills, such as teamwork, communication skills and working with administrative staff and other disciplines
- Discuss issues involved in the management of internal support staff, budgeting, supplies, and outside resources
- Show understanding of methods of identifying resident interests and needs and the use of assessment in care plan development
- Evaluate a care plan for effectiveness
How you will benefit
- Become able to work as a social service assistant in a variety of settings including long term care, assisted living, adult day programs, retirement communities, or community center
- Receive a certificate of completion to show to prospective employers
- Develop the communication skills needed to effectively work with patients and coworkers
- Understand the medical knowledge and compassion needed to provide care for the elderly
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 6 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 70 course hours
- Unit 1
- History of long-term care
- Philosophy of person-centered care
- Basic knowledge of the aging process
- Physical Changes
- Cognitive changes: Dementia, Alzheimer's
- Mental Health/Illness
- Psychosocial needs
- Overview of applicable regulations
- The Survey Process
- OBRA resident rights
- Advocacy in self-determination
- Resident/family councils
- Unit 2
- Types and techniques used for the admission and discharge process
- Principles of documentation
- Basic performance skills
- Management of internal support staff, budgeting, supplies and outside resources
- Getting to know the person
- Person Centered Care Plan Development
- Evaluation of care plan effectiveness
- Unit 3
- History and Philosophy
- Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and other ethical issues.
- Role of the supervisor
- Admission Process
- Problem solving
- Supportive services
- Assist with financial planning
- Assist with legal issues
- Transportation and appointments
- Unit 4
- The social services assistant and the rest of the team.
- The social services assistant and the resident
- The social services assistant and the family
- The social services assistant and the community
- Social history
- Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) - Social services assistants provide input, but may not complete
- Individualized Care Plan
- Progress notes
- Intervention notes
- Adult Protective Services
- Prepare for additional "nuts and bolts" issues involved in working as a Social Services Assistant.
Cindy Gaschler has worked in the healthcare field since 1999. She began her career as a CNA, then completed her LPN, and continued with an ADN degree. She functioned as a Long-Term Care charge nurse, Inpatient Rehabilitation nurse, MDS Coordinator, and Director of Nursing. Following this she re-enrolled in college and obtained a BSN while performing duties of Human Resources, Staff Development Coordinator, Risk Management, Health Information Management, and Senior Living Manager.
You should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. You should be comfortable in an Internet environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities and navigate to multiple websites.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
- Long Term Care
Please Note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.
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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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