March is National Social Work Month – congratulations to all the hard working professionals in this field. The study of social work offers a broad variety of opportunities in the job market. All areas demand compassion, empathy, and dedication from the practitioner. A special group of Social Workers provide services in the patient’s home. They help those who want to remain in their own homes during times of sickness, age-related issues and particularly at end-of-life. St. Claire Regional HomeCare and Hospice Social Workers help patients and families by:
- Counseling individuals on end-of-life decision making and ensuring their wishes are documented and known by completing advanced directives
- Identifying emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their loved ones and finding appropriate support as needed.
- Assisting with bridging family gaps to bring loved one together whenever possible
- Assisting survivors with necessary arrangements and paperwork after a family members death occurs
- Providing grief and bereavement counseling for adults and children
- Contacting local agencies and/or community resources that may be of help to patients and families
- Assistance with insurance, Medicare and Medicaid paperwork
This list could go on and on… we salute the St. Claire Regional HomeCare and Hospice Social Workers who “make a difference” for needy patients in our community.