Social work is an essential role in the delivery of outstanding specialist palliative care and with the support of Macmillan, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are able to delivery this valuable service to our patients and families.
Palliative Care Social Work aims to support individuals and families holistically, rather than defining them by an illness. Our Social Worker will work with you and your family to provide and signpost to practical, financial and emotional support.
The Social Work Team acts as part of the hospice team to support individuals as they come to terms with changes in their life, and to help them to continue to live as they choose.
Our Social Worker can offer a wide variety of support to both patients and their families. This support can include:
- Sourcing practical help at home
- Supporting planned discharges from the hospice
- Accessing other services
- Advice around debt or income maintenance
- Help with housing
- Advice and support regarding wills and power of attorney
- Working with schools or employers
- Emotional listening support
- Supporting family members and friends (including carers support)
We like to offer our patients experiences that they will never forget. This is why we have teamed up with the charity The Hospice Biographers to give our patients the opportunity to record their life stories on audio and for them to be able to "tell their story". Many of our patients have used this facility whether it's to record their life story for their therapeutic benefit or simply for their enjoyment, or they want to record something to give to their family so they will always have it as a very special memory. To find out more click here.
Working out who to contact or where to access funding can be confusing when there is so much going on, and our social worker is here to help. Our Social Worker will work in partnership with you using her skills, knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the support you need.
Money can be a real worry for a lot of people experiencing serious ill health, and working out if you are receiving the right benefits is a great place to start.