Patients and their families are at the centre of everything we do. We listen to their concerns and respond to issues causing anxiety by providing the resources and assistance they need. We offer impartial guidance to help them make informed choices about their care and well-being.
The Social Work team liaise closely with other teams in the Hospice, for example the ward staff, Day Care, Psychology Services, Rowan's Meerkat Service and Community Care, to provide a wide range of practical and emotional support.
How might a Social Worker help?
A progressive, life-limiting illness affects all aspects of life as well as day-to-day functioning. It can affect relationships, employment, income, housing and emotional well-being. Our Social Workers work alongside a range of other professionals to minimise stress and improve the quality of life for individuals and their families.
Our Social Workers are available to help in many different ways for example if you are attending Day Care at The Rowans Hospice you may need help with arranging care for when you are at home. You or your family may need support or advice about your care in order to maintain your independence. We can meet with you at the Hospice or visit you at home to discuss your options and develop a package of care for you.
If you are admitted to The Rowans Hospice, you may be worried about how you will manage on discharge. We can meet with you and your family or carer, to enable you to consider options of support for when you return home. As above, these options may involve returning home with a package of care, or, alternatively, moving to a nursing home setting.
Social Workers can also be involved in providing:
We can also advocate on your behalf, helping you to communicate with other healthcare professionals to ensure you understand exactly what is happening and ensure your preferences are heard and understood.
Who can access a Social Worker?
A Social Worker is available to all patients, carers and families receiving a service from The Rowans Hospice. If you are not known to The Rowans Hospice, or are unsure whether we can help, please contact us.
"The care you give people when they need it is quite fantastic, my dad always felt better after a visit from you."
"I would like to thank you all for the sensitivity shown over the last few weeks of mum’s life."
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