Hospices Need Resources to Bolster Bereavement Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred an extensive need for additional bereavement care, as the nation contends with the grief of more than 400,000 deaths. Hospice providers routinely provide grief services to their entire communities, regardless of whether residents’ loved ones were their patients, but many may need additional resources if they are to meet the […]

Pandemic Creates Push for Increased Hospice Caregiver Respite

A national study of hospice social workers indicated that the coronavirus pandemic has led to challenges of isolation, barriers to communication, and issues related to grieving among patients and the caregivers who support them. As hospice providers absorb the lessons of COVID-19, these issues have illuminated a growing need to allow in-home respite care, with […]

Hospice Social Workers Improve Health Care Equity, Justice

Hospice social workers can play a key role in addressing matters of social justice and health care equity when working with patients in underserved populations such as the mentally ill, the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. Lack of funding and interdisciplinary research are among the barriers of improving access to care for these groups, […]

Social Workers Adapt to Hospice Care In a Pandemic

The ongoing social isolation and distancing measures to reduce spread of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged a vital element of social and psychosocial services in the realm of hospice care. As the outbreak continues impacting communities throughout the nation, hospice social workers have become adaptive to continue serving patients and families in need. At the […]