March is National Social Work Month
Today, social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, with more than 600,000 people employed in the field. Professional social workers tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our society. Social workers contribute at all levels of society, working with individuals, families, schools, universities, non-profit agencies, corporations, hospitals, and government offices to mediate conflict, foster positive relationships and create hope and opportunity for people in need.
» Social workers are the largest group of mental health care providers in the United States, helping people overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other disorders so they can lead more fulfilling lives.
» The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 professional social workers. Social workers provide support to active duty military personnel, veterans and their families, helping them get financial and housing assistance, apply for benefits, get the best possible health care, or resolve marital or family issues.
» Social workers work with community organizations, legislators, the public and others to ensure equal rights for all, including women, people of different races and cultures and people who are LGBTQ.
» Medical and public health social workers provide psychosocial support to individuals, families and vulnerable populations, helping them cope with chronic, acute or terminal illnesses. They advise family caregivers and patients, helping them plan for their needs after a person comes home from the hospital.
» America’s population is aging. Social workers help older Americans get the health care and mental health care they need. They also work with older people and their families to improve their quality of life and ability to live independently as long as possible.
Hospice of Southern Illinois’ social workers help individuals and families adjust to major life challenges and changes. They work with these individuals and families to develop a plan of support, ensure the plan is put into action, and consistently follow-up with the patient and the patient’s family. Hospice of Southern Illinois’ team of Social Workers and Bereavement Counselors provide support during the end-of-life journey and the grief experience.
- Enhance the meaning and quality of a patient’s life
- Develop a plan of support
- Provide emotional support
- Offer spiritual guidance
- Bereavement support 13 months after the death of a loved one
- Access to 24-hour on-call support
Learn more about our care: https://hospice.org/ourcare/grief-support/. Thank you to Hospice of Southern Illinois’ dedicated social workers for all their help and support they provide to patient’s and their families. Another thank you to all social workers for “forging solutions out of challenges.” We appreciate social workers!!!