What a Hospice Social Worker can do for you…

Initial Social Work Visit

Once a patient is admitted to hospice they can expect to meet a hospice social worker within the first 5 days of being on hospice services. The social worker will meet with the patient if appropriate and the patient’s family to gather some background on the patient and learn about their life. Completing a brief life review while building rapport with patients and their families.

During the initial visit, the social worker will also assess care needs in the home and provide appropriate community resource information. This will include a discussion of the patient’s care plan for the future.

Community and Caregiver Resources

Community resources and connections are vital when caring for a loved one. Part of the social worker’s role is to assess and connect patients and families to those resources. Some of these resources can include

  • meals on wheels
  • caregiver support groups
  • housing resources
  • nursing home and assisted living placements
  • hospice homes
  • insurance resources

Discussing the end of life.

The social worker will discuss the end of life with patients and families to provide reassurance in where there is uncertainty. The social worker will meet with the patient or family member individually or together to discuss the dying process and the fears and questions that come along with the unknown.

In addition to end-of-life discussion, social workers will also assist with medical planning. This could include advanced directives, such as health care proxies, power of attorney forms, and MOLST paperwork.

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“You matter because you are. You matter to the last moment of your life.  And we will do all we can to not only help you die peacefully,  but also to help you live until you die”.

Dame Cicely Saunders