At Helping Hearts Hospice Medical Social Services enhance quality of life and promote well being for patients, families, and caregivers by giving them direction and guidance with legal affairs and community referrals.
Advanced Directives refer to oral and written instructions about an individual’s future medical care in the event the individual becomes unable to speak for himself or herself.
There are basically two types of Advance Directives:
- Living Will is a document that tells what treatment you want if you are dying or are permanently unconscious. This document should spell out your feelings about treatments like feeding tubes, breathing machines and dialysis, and others, if necessary later.
- Medical Power of Attorney or Healthcare Power of Attorney is a document that enables you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions concerning your medical care when you cannot make decisions for yourself.
Our licensed Social Worker helps provide emotional, spiritual, psychosocial assessments, ongoing counseling, bereavement services and community education, outreach and referral. They serve as a comfort not only for you, the patient, but comfort for your loved ones, caregivers and family members that may need guidance in the process of transitioning in this end-of-life stage.
The Chaplain or Spiritual Counselor oversees the spiritual care of the patient, their family members and caregivers to ensure that the patient’s needs are met and their rights are preserved. The Chaplain can assist with setting up communion, rituals and sacraments.