At Four Seasons, a Social Worker is assigned to you and is able to help you identify your primary goals and concerns, help you strengthen your coping abilities in times of stress, and support your family and significant relationships. He or she can provide useful information about planning for your care, solving problems, community and financial resources, and support for the ones who are caring for you. Your Social Worker can also arrange visits with Four Seasons Volunteers. A Social Worker is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information please click here.
A Day in the Life of a Social Worker, by Kelly Caudle
Meeting people for the first time is always interesting. Inevitably, someone is going to ask, “What do you do for a living?”. I explain I am a Hospice social worker and immediately, the eyes widen, and you hear a slight gasp followed by “Wow…it takes a special person to do what you do; I could never do that”.
My response is always the same. I explain that I feel honored to do what I do…that there is no greater gratification than providing comfort and support to patients and their loved ones.There is no greater feeling than knowing I have bettered someone’s day. Satisfaction can be achieved by making someone smile or stopping by with a milkshake or special treat. It could be working to make sure a grandchild gets to fly home from the military to spend quality time with his or her grandparent before death or making sure one more item is checked off a bucket list. Or it could simply be achieved by holding a hand as one transitions towards death.
Social workers wear multiple hats. I have helped at meal time, held hands at the beside and prayed with patients. I have sang songs, colored pictures and found homes for pets that would otherwise be displaced after a patient’s death. I have been a dog walker, a dishwasher and an errand girl when a caregiver ran out of medical supplies but could not leave her husband alone.
I appreciate that social work is an adventure. It’s like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates -you NEVER know what you are going to get. Sometimes the juggling isn’t easy; I could not be successful without the support of the team around me. We are a village that supports one another; we give each other advice, guidance, a shoulder to cry on and discuss strategies on how to improve quality of life.
We work together as a team to help patients and families reach their goals.