By Lydia Appling, MSW, LCSW
Please join all of us at Front Range Hospice this month by showing your appreciation for social workers. Front Range Hospice would like to say to all of our fellow Social Workers….. Thank you…. We thank you for your hard work and your dedication to ensure the clients in our communities are well served.
Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. In hospice social workers meet people who have the impression social workers only help low income families who need help to apply for public assistance. You can find a social worker anywhere now days. You can find them in schools, healthcare systems, counseling centers, military bases, judicial systems, legislation or perhaps in line at the grocery store. Ones income does not dictate who may utilize the services provided by a social worker.
There are a vast array of areas a social worker may focus their career on. Most people think of a social worker as a child and family social worker who makes their primary focus to protect vulnerable children and support families in need of assistance. You will be surprised to learn that Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers, clinical social workers, also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues that most people deal with on a daily basis or perhaps during a crisis. The social worker is an invaluable role needed in the healthcare field.
Social workers provide an enhanced level of communication. It all starts at a basic level of listening to hear the specific needs, then assessing to understand the need of a patient or the family. While following up with the patient and family to ensure the needs have been met. During this time the social worker is building trust, offering respect and dignity while providing support and compassion without judgment. Advocacy, advocacy, advocacy. A social worker is your best advocate, another primary intervention the social worker uses to help someone communicate their needs while empowering people to take action or control for themselves.
It is this commitment to help individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being that makes social workers a very special group of people. We are willing to give a little of our self for the wellbeing of a stranger. That being said, I found the following quote on line and it just resonated with me. “Doctors and Nurses Cure The Patients, But The Social Workers Heal The Families”.
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