24 Jun 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.