The theme of this year’s Social Work month, “All People Matter” was selected to raise awareness of the social work profession’s 116 year dedication to improve quality of life and social conditions for everyone. The National Association of Social Worker’s (NASW) goal is to promote dignity and respect for all people. The focus of this month is to educate the public that these values are key components to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective and building stronger communities. Nowhere is the commitment to helping people have quality of life more central than it is in hospice and palliative care.
Social workers are a core member of the hospice and palliative care team which also includes physicians, nurses, spiritual counselors, home health aides and volunteers. Social worker’s professional values and skills are aligned with the philosophy of hospice and palliative care programs, which are designed to treat the whole person in an interdisciplinary manner to enhance quality of life during challenging times.
As a part of the hospice interdisciplinary team, social workers represent an individual’s and their loved one’s wishes at every step of their journey. Social Workers advocate to ensure that each person receives care that is tailored to fit their needs. After a loved one’s death, social workers provide bereavement support to help survivors cope with their loss and assist with their adjustment to a life without their loved one.
LightBridge Hospice and Palliative Care extends our heartfelt gratitude to all our social workers for their dedication to serving our patients and families with the utmost compassion and for their commitment to quality of care and quality of life. LightBridge also thanks all social workers for the extraordinary work they do to help our communities.