Help guide patients and families through difficult end-of-life experiences with this compassionate, strengths-based approach from a team of expert counselors.
In the new edition of this unique professional resource, hospice and palliative care team members—especially social workers and counselors—will find the empirical evidence and compassionate approaches needed to provide excellent holistic psychosocial care to individuals who are dying or bereaved. Encompassing the journey through diagnosis, treatment, recurrence, palliative care, and bereavement, this guide describes appropriate interventions for each of the key transitions that most dying patients and their families face. Social workers, counselors, and other team members share their personal reflections and experience from doing this work, and provide examples of ways to support the whole care team.
With practical resources in every chapter, this guide provides:
- An overview of common major challenges to the healthcare team and ways to support staff
- Important considerations for each transition
- Intervention recommendations, case studies, and reflective activities
- Assessment questions suited to each transition
- Palliative Performance Scale to evaluate physical and psychosocial function at progressive stages
Social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and volunteers working in hospice and palliative care will find these approaches essential in their work with death, health, bereavement, and grief.