Social Work Services - Problem solvers
Social work takes passion, advocacy, incredible problem solving ability, deep listening, and astute communication skills to connect people with resources.
Hospice social workers are trained, licensed professionals who help both patients and families address many types of social, emotional, and practical challenges near the end of life.
Patients and families in these situations are under great stress and require a skilled social worker to help process and address their complex needs. The changes and pressures that accompany terminal illness can magnify family tensions and trigger new difficulties. Hospice social workers have experience in these issues and are able to help you and your family adjust, cope, and plan for the journey ahead.
They help you and your family understand your care options as they relate to your goals and life circumstances. They can help identify other services you may need to increase your quality of life, and work with you to connect you to those services.
Hospice social workers also guide you or your family member to available Assisted Living facility or Aged Care facility..
Jackie Price - Social Worker
Jackie completes social assessments which assist the wider Hospice team to provide the best possible support to patients and their families/whanau.
This involves advocacy, as well as providing information and referrals to other agencies as required. Jackie can provide information and assistance with a variety of resources including Meals on Wheels, Medical alarms, Mobility Parking, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Wills, Rest Home placements, and Work and Income entitlements including Funeral grants.
Jackie also assists with discharge planning within Te Rangimarie Hospice and completes visits to community patients at home and patients in either Hawera or New Plymouth hospital.
Mark Wester - Social Worker