Social Workers: Helping hospice patients and families find piece of mind

March is National Social Work Month and the National Association of Social Worker’s 2013 theme is “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy”.  Social workers are part of the Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care interdisciplinary team.  Hospice social workers meet with patients and family to assess strengths, coping skills, and needs.

Most people are born into this world surrounded by the love of family and friends.  To be able to die peacefully, surrounded by the love of family and friends, is important at the end of life.

Our lives are a journey, with crossroads and choices to be made for ourselves and others.  There are milestones and challenges that contribute to who we become, and we develop strengths and coping skills: our resilience.

At end of life, a Hospice social worker works together with the interdisciplinary team in identifying strengths and coping of patients and their family; their support system.  Patients and families may have concerns related to coping with anticipated loss, finances, advance care planning and grief and bereavement to name a few.

As a person looks back over their life, they may see a need for reconciliation and forgiveness.  Sometimes, there are wounds that still need some healing.  Spirituality may be a concern and Hospice has a Chaplain as part of the interdisciplinary team.

Hospice social workers also work with the medical staff including Hospice physicians, registered nurses and home health aides.  Working together to meet the needs of patients and families is the focus of our advocacy.  For me it is an honor to work with our interdisciplinary team and an honor to be involved with our patients and families at such an important time in their lives.  Their courage is seen on a daily basis as we embark on this journey with them.  We are thankful for the opportunity to be involved.

 

 

 


 

 

 

For more information on Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care,
please contact us at (217) 228-5521 or visit us online at

http://www.blessinghospital.org/hospice

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