Physical illness often has emotional and social implications, while finances can also be a major concern. We offer individual and family counselling, which includes counselling of children affected by the illness situation in the home; as well as for parents providing support and advice about what to tell children at any stage of an illness and later, after death.
Networking: Our social workers have access to a network with other specialized agencies when particular help is needed for children or adults.
Counselling: This takes the form of conversations between the social worker, individuals and family groups – as you require. These address psychological, emotional, spiritual and social issues experienced by the patients and their families.
Care planning: The social workers can help you find the best options for care.
Spiritual support: Death and grief often bring spiritual or religious reflection. Helderberg Hospice is able to assist with spiritual arrangements, should you require them. This service is provided by the Hospice chaplain or pastoral therapist.
Community social work: Our social workers are knowledgeable about the communities in which they work and are required to understand amongst others, the cultures and belief systems. We are able to advise you on matters relating to legislated processes relating to illness and death, including issues around birth certificates, identity documents, state grants and pensions.
Children: Should this be required hospice social workers can help ill parents prepare emotionally and plan the care of their minor children for the future. This can include discussions around various state grants available.