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A hospice social worker is responsible for advocating for their patients’ end-of-life needs and helping patients and their family members identify available local services and resources. Their role also includes navigating end-of-life planning which encompasses addressing emotional needs, family dynamics, and physical symptoms. It is important to understand the difference between hospice and palliative care roles for the social worker.
Even though there are related roles, there are distinct differences in responsibilities. Hospice social workers care for patients who are suffering from acute terminal illnesses where the patient has fewer than six months to live. Palliative care social workers work with patients who need support and management with the symptoms of their diseases.
Role of Hospice Social Workers
You may be wondering what hospice social workers can do for you or your loved one. They take on many roles in the coordination of care for patients, including:
A hospice social worker can be an invaluable ally for you and your loved one. For more information about hospice services or to make a referral, please call 215.371.1393.