Social Workers at Chautauqua Palliative Care assist patients and their families in navigating the myriad of issues associated with serious illness.
They are professionals licensed by New York State with masters-level educations who provide confidential assistance and counseling for sensitive and complicated matters, as well as human and interpersonal concerns.
Depending on the patient and family’s needs and desires, a Social Worker’s responsibilities include:
- Representing and advocating for patient’s and family’s non-medical interests at interdisciplinary team meetings
- Assisting with the completion of advance directives
- Facilitating transitions between other agencies or care settings including hospital, nursing home and home.
- Problem-solving matters related to care-giving, insurance coverage, financial problems, unfinished business, family conflict and safety
- Assessing family needs and making connections to community resources
- Assessing and treating psychosocial pain or conflict
- Counseling or referral to specialized treatment
- Assisting family members of all ages with issues of grief, loss and bereavement and connecting them to resources or programs to manage their pain