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Celebrating Hospice Social Workers

Social workers are the glue of communication.

As I scanned my news feed, this headline popped out at me — Hospice Social Workers Improve Health Care Equity, Justice.  After reading this powerful article, I sent it to all of our social worker Serenity users with a note reminding them of their impact on the world and celebrating what they do each and every day.

Below are some key points from the article.

“It’s important that we educate people on what social workers are actually trained and prepared to do. Social workers need to be at the table when issues are discussed because we do have a lot of experience and knowledge about how to address them in the context that we’re in with hospice and palliative care.”

Stacy Remke, Senior Teaching Specialist of Health, Disabilities and Aging for the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and a SWHPN Board Member Tweet

https://www.dignityco.com/Watch or listen to this Serenity Moments episode to hear directly from two amazing social workers with Dignity Hospice. Megan Carothers and Sydnee Worth shine their light, and bring everyone together to streamline communication and benefit everyone involved in the care of their patients. 

“Part of the hospice social worker’s role is to really be the glue and the communication. It’s an important part of our ethos to listen, respecting dignity and respecting patient autonomy, to get the larger, fuller story. The pandemic is an opportunity to improve end-of-life care, since hospice and palliative care have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. As a social worker, I see this as a real social justice opportunity not just to transform just the whole world of health care, but also to what we have learned and how to make what we do better. We need social worker’s deeper, richer and collaborative ethos.”

Katherine Supiano, associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah Tweet
thank you

Every day we hear stories about the things you and your teams do to keep everyone informed and connected to the care their loved one is receiving.

You are a gift, lifting up those around you.

It matters. And we are grateful for you.

~ The Serenity Team