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How can a social worker help provide palliative care?

A social worker can help provide palliative care by talking with people and their family about what they're going through. Palliative care social workers can also connect people with helpful resources in their community that they might not have known existed otherwise.

Social workers can be very valuable members of the palliative care team as they often are the best contact for what social support resources are avaliable within the community. They can do much of the heavy lifting in regards to making phone calls or assisting with completing a variety of applications from financial aid, insurance or community programs.

Dr. Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist
Social workers are a valuable source for information on hospital and community resources. Working with your care team, a social worker can offer guidance on entitlements and advance directives, as well as on managing stress associated with caring for family members. They can also refer to and coordinate additional support services.

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