Licensed social workers are available to patients, family members and significant others who are facing the impact of a diagnosis of cancer. Social workers are available to provide counseling, facilitate a patient's adjustment to illness, develop linkage with community resources, coordinate discharge planning services and advocate for the needs of the patient.
Social services are available throughout the continuum of care to promote the development of coping strategies, to maximize functioning and to assess, along with members of the healthcare team, the best utilization of resources within the healthcare system for each patient and family.
The Social Service Department also provides referrals to hospice care. Hospice care provides support for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients with terminal illnesses and supportive care for their family.
For further information or to speak with a social worker, please call the Social Services Department at 314-205-6901.