Patient and family advocate to assist with the utilization of community resources, insurance, funeral arrangements. The social worker can help guide the patient and family through the dying process and answer questions and bring comfort with a compassionate approach.
The main responsibilities of hospice social workers include conducting psychosocial assessments, coordinating care, providing counseling and psychotherapy, intervening in client
crisis situations, and educating clients and families about their treatment plan and the resources and support systems available to them.
The role of a hospice social worker is to advocate for each patient’s end-of-life wishes and help individuals address the emotional aspects of late-stage illnesses. Hospice social workers also assist families in identifying other available local services and resources for additional support.