Social Work students will gain valuable experience while providing terminally ill patients and their families with psychological and social support under the guidance of the Director of Bereavement and Volunteer Services and the Clinical Director . Students will serve as members of Saad Hospice interdisciplinary patient care teams while assisting patients and families in accessing community resources, governmental benefits, as well as assessing potential crisis situations pertaining to end of life care.
Saad Hospice Social work interns must be enrolled in a Social Work program at an accredited college or university. All student interns must attend new-employee/volunteer orientation, which includes shadowing Saad Hospice employees, during the first month.
For Social Work Student
The student would fulfill the roles mentioned below:
- Work with patients and families either in the home, a nursing home, or the inpatient hospice facility, depending on the patient's residence
- Help facilitate decision making about social work care plans
- Assist families in applying for and securing Veteran’s Administration benefits, if applicable
- Help family members adapt to role changes brought on by the terminal diagnosis
- Help improve family communication while also assisting to arrange adequate care for the patient
- Help patient and family manage difficult feelings such as anxiety, depression, fear, confusion, anger and grief
- Help provide information about community/governmental resources and programs
- Help resolve financial strain through acquisition of available monetary benefits
- Social Work volunteer direct supervisor will be available at all times via Hangouts Chat, phone, or in person assistance to offer assistance
Master of Social Work volunteer will be expected to carry an independent caseload of 20-30 patients at the midterm evaluation stage.
Weekly, or as needed, meetings with the Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Social Support Services will be held to assist volunteer with any questions/concerns they may have regarding case load or role.