Living with a serious illness can affect every aspect of a patient's life, including relationships. There may be additional stresses and strains at home and in daily life which can become difficult to cope with. It can be helpful to talk about feelings and discuss any concerns with someone not too emotionally or personally close.
A social worker can see patients on their own or with anyone they choose: carers, family members or friends. Discussing all the available options can also help with any decisions that need to be made.
Carers have an important role and might welcome the opportunity to talk over how they are managing and be put in touch with any additional help and resources available.
At St Michael's Hospice, our social worker acts as an intermediary between the Hospice and community based services. The social worker can liaise with:
• Local social services and community health services regarding help at home or alternative care settings, for example nursing homes
• Voluntary organisations and charities who may be able to provide or advise about financial and practical help
• The Welfare Benefits Agencies to ensure all appropriate benefits are being claimed
• Local Authorities and others to assist with housing needs.
To ensure that you are claiming the right benefits visit the Government website (benefits section).
All decisions regarding discharge planning are made at the weekly multi-disciplinary team meeting.
Get in touch with St Michael's Hospice
For more information on the social work support available please contact our Social Work team on 01424 456364