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Social Worker Services

At Advance Hospice Care, our social workers are specifically trained in end-of-life care issues. During a social worker’s visit, he or she will assess the needs of the patient and focus on maximizing their quality of life. They will also provide peace-of-mind to patients and families by offering grief counseling services, helping access community resources, assisting those in need of alternate residential settings, finding resolutions to financial crises, and procuring referrals to outside social service agencies. Advance Hospice Care believes that individuals and families are the true experts in their own care, and our social workers provide an objective ear and will advocate for each family’s definition of dignity and quality of life.

Social Worker May Provide Help With:

  • Educating patients and families on hospice philosophy and the dying process
  • Processing emotions surrounding news of a terminal diagnosis
  • Lending support to an overwhelmed caretaker
  • Providing anticipatory grief counseling for those experiencing the loss of a loved one
  • Conflict resolution among the patient’s support system
  • Assistance with advanced directives such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOA-HC) or Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR)

Social Workers and Coping With Loss

For those experiencing tremendous emotional grief, the social worker may collaborate with grief counselors and therapists to help family members make the most of the time left with the patient and build a strong foundation for the future. Feelings of loneliness, anxiety, or fear may be common; our social workers are experienced in helping people recognize these feelings, express them, and deal with them constructively. Remember, the hospice plan of care includes the family unit as well as the patient, and psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs are also important aspects of this plan.