Social Work Services
Our social workers at St. Luke Missionary Hospice may help you with any of the following:
- Coping with changes occurring in the family
- Educating the entire family to understand the dying process
- Developing a long-range plan of care
- Identifying where volunteers may help
- Exploring financial needs and mobilizing legal resources
- End-of-Life Planning: This form of counseling can help families respect the wishes of a loved one and ease the transition to the future
- Advance Directives: Advance directives, which include Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and Living Wills, define the wishes of a patient in the event that they are not able to express them
- Accessing community resources
- Memorials. Talk to us about your ideas to celebrate or honor the life of someone you have lost
Hospice and palliative care social workers assist those who are nearing the end of life and those who are living with chronic illnesses. They also offer support to their families. This support can take many forms. It may mean making sure that patients have access to the resources that will make them as comfortable as possible physically.
Our hospice social workers are available to assist the patient and family on any number of practical or emotional issues. They can help patients fill out advance directives, help families determine funeral arrangements, offer education about caregiving, connect patients and families to community resources, as well as assess the emotional needs of patients or caregivers.
Social workers may act as navigators and care coordinators.
They help patients and families understand their options, identify services they need, and fill out the necessary paperwork.
Palliative and hospice social workers may lead support groups and provide in-service training to other professionals who are involved in the treatment process. They may also teach patients non-pharmaceutical techniques for managing pain.