Hospice care provides the best possible comfort for patients diagnosed with a terminal illness. This type of care is essential not to find a cure but improve a person’s quality of life as they face the end of life. One key aspect of hospice care is the social programs that cover a range of services. A social worker may work with a hospice aide, volunteer, or nurse to effectively deliver the service.
At By Your Side Hospice, we’ll look at the importance of medical social workers in our hospice services.
- Assess Psychosocial Needs
This will help the hospice team understand the patient’s emotional, social, psychological, or spiritual needs. The social worker will, then, recommend appropriate supports to address those needs.
- Crisis Intervention
Should unwanted events happen that can potentially shatter the family, the social worker intervenes to provide counseling or psychological support. Such events may include conflicts, abuse, violence, or the progression of the terminal illness.
Seeing your loved one in great distress due to a terminal illness can be stressful and depressing for family members. The social worker can ease the family’s emotional burden through various psychotherapeutic programs.
- Bereavement Support
Losing a family member is probably one of the most painful experiences one can have. For years, we have seen how tough it is to cope with grief. Thus, we will be by your side in this difficult journey along with the rest of our nurses, social workers, and nursing assistants in Texas.