What Is A Social Service Designee?

What Is A Social Service Designee?

The Social Service Designee usually works in a Long Term Care environment. They work under a Social Worker. Social Service Designees are the voice of the resident when the resident has lost the capacity to speak for his or herself.

An SSD should:

  • Express a philosophy of person-centered, long-term care based on individual resident needs, preferences and choices.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the aging process, including misconceptions, physical changes and psychosocial 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.

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