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Blog: Hospice Views

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Thoughts from a 2012 Caring More Award Winner

I’d like to thank Crossroads Hospice for honoring me with the2012 Caring More Award. Truly, I am humbled to have been nominated, and I’m pleased that Crossroads Hospice recognizes the many various contributions of its social workers men and women who work everyday to address to the ongoing needs of the people we serve. Our clients, patients, and residents confront a unique set of emotional and health-related needs, and there are many dedicated social workers who are just as deserving of this award as I am for their diligence, long hours, and commitment to not only addressing the needs of their clients but also to their own professional development.
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The Meaning of Green

I was talking to a Nursing Home Administrator from Cleveland last fall, and he said he really appreciated the fact that we wear green. “I can always find your people just by looking around,” he remarked. It’s true: when our patients, their family members, or staff at any location need us, they simply have to look around. While that’s certainly an advantage, that’s not why we wear green.
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Our Judges For The Caring More Awards

This year marks Crossroads Hospice’s third annual “Caring More” Awards. Since 2010, these awards have recognized the outstanding efforts of social workers who dedicate their careers to improving the quality of living for others. Winners from individual Crossroads sites are awarded $500 to a non-profit of their choice – as well as a breakfast banquet held in their honor. Colleagues, family, friends, and a panel of judges are all invited to celebrate the amazingefforts of the winners.
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The Role of Social Workers in Hospice

In celebration ofNational Social Work Month, I reflect upon what it means to be a social worker in hospice and why I chose this job. Hopefully, these thoughts and experiences will help you, my fellow social workers, articulate the important details of your job to others. When people ask me what I do as a hospice social worker, my canned answer is usually, “I do everything that no one else wants to do.”
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Home Hospice Aide Spotlight: Bonnie Porter

Through the Storm: Bonnie Porter joined the Crossroads team in Atlanta after fearlessly serving patients and their families through Hurricane Katrina. A hospice aide with Memorial Medical System in New Orleans, she stayed by her patients’ sides through the storm as the waters flooded the hospital floors beneath them. “My family was not sure if I was alive for several days, but I was there for my patients whose family members could not get to their mothers and fathers,” she said. “I saw a lot during that time. I was truly blessed to be there with my patients.”
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What Is The Caring More Award?

When you think about what it takes to help an ailing patient recover, you may think of the nurse with a warm, welcoming smile, who provides round-the-clock support to patients. Or the physician, whose diagnoses and treatment recommendations we trust. Social workers are a key part of this care team – helping patients and families understand diagnoses, process major life changes such as transitioning to a new environment, and coping with issues around terminal illness, communicating end-of-life wishes, and bereavement. Social workers give so much to our patients every day, but rarely receive special recognition for all they do to connect patients with resources, counsel families, and give people the special time and attention they need.