Angel Hospice is celebrating National Social Work Month. The 2012 theme, “Social Work Matters,” promotes the mission of social work which is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable.
Hospice social workers Jennifer Wells and Beth Corbin help patients and families to live with dignity and the highest degree of physical, emotional, social and spiritual comfort. They provide emotional support to the patients and their loved ones, assist in dealing with closure issues, help in understanding and completing advance directives, and help in understanding and utilizing Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance benefits. They also help patients and families who need financial assistance by identifying and accessing community resources.
When families learn that Angel Hospice’s care includes a visit by a social worker, they sometimes panic. “Family members think we might be connected with the state and that we want to delve into their personal business,” says Jennifer Wells, Social Worker. “On the contrary, we do whatever we can to support patients and families by identifying their emotional needs or concerns and helping them develop a plan of care comfortable for them in making end-of-life decisions. Social workers are educators, patient advocates and community service networkers.”
“We talk with our patients and families about their fears, beliefs, hopes and final wishes at a time when they most need someone to listen,” says Beth Corbin, Social Worker. “They may need to talk about what they believe caused their illness. They may be hoping they can live to see their next birthday, to spend one last Christmas with their family, or to see a grandchild born. Many of our patients tell us they want to know their family will be okay.”
“Social workers are essential to our organization because they provide services that encompass a wide variety of needs and specialize in helping patients and their families deal with whatever may be troubling them near the end-oflife. It’s a time when families can have great difficulty making decisions.” says Jean Sprinkle, Executive Director for Angel Hospice.
Angel Hospice is your local hospice provider dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate Hospice services to patients and loved ones during times of life limiting illness. Our Medical Director Dr. Don Dewhurst, Nurses, Hospice Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains, Volunteers, and Volunteer Coordinator are specially trained to offer the most compassionate and comforting care designed for each patient’s individual needs. For more information about Hospice Care at Angel Medical Center contact: Jean Sprinkle, Executive Director at 828-369-4206.