March is National Social Work Month! We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our social workers and highlight the important work they do. This year’s theme chosen by the National Association of Social Workers is “Social Work Paves the Way for Change.”
Social workers are an essential part of the interdisciplinary team at Cedar Valley Hospice. They listen to the goals and needs of each patient, their family members and loved ones. They also provide assistance with family life issues that may include coordinating community health resources, emotional support and end-of-life wishes.
“Social work is important because hospice is not just about meeting the physical needs of the patient,” says Cedar Valley Hospice Client Services Manager, Nathan Schutt. “It’s focusing on areas such as quality of life, accomplishing end of life goals and sometimes healing relationships.”
“Many of the areas that affect a person who is living with a terminal illness cannot be treated with a medication or therapy, but through the relationships and feelings they share at the end of life,” Schutt said. “At Cedar Valley Hospice, social workers help patients and families to work towards making each moment matter and making sure nothing is left unsaid or undone.”
Amy Peyton is a social worker in our Independence office and has been at Cedar Valley Hospice since starting out as a social work intern in 2003.
“I love my job because it allows me to care for people in my community at a very tender time and it reminds me daily to make moments meaningful,” Peyton said. “I am humbled to be allowed to journey with families during a difficult, sacred and intimate time.”
Throughout the month on our Facebook page, we will feature some of our social workers along with why they love what they do. Make sure to celebrate National Social Work Month with us and learn more about the social workers at Cedar Valley Hospice!