Wirral Hospice St John’s social workers will help the people referred here, those with a life-limiting illness, as well as their family and other carers, to access practical social care and support.
Our professional social workers offer a compassionate service which separates out any issues and concerns that may be bothering patients, and their families, and put a plan of action in place to address them.
Patients may be worried about finances or, maybe another vulnerable member of their family or, even how children may react to the challenges ahead.
Whatever potential ‘real life’ difficulties a patient, or their carers, may have, we’re here to help with things such as,
- Practical support, including personal and domestic care
- Emotional/psychological support
- Support to maintain employment status
- Access to individuals (such as welfare rights and benefits advisors) who can provide information and assistance in completing applications
- Services to assess the needs and protect the rights of vulnerable adults or children or a family member who has an illness; and to support the patient in caring for a vulnerable adult or child;
- Respite and day care in health and social settings.
- Care home placements and financial implications
- Support for carers, including practical, emotional and psychological support
- Support to maintain independent living such as Assistive Technology
If you are a hospice patient (or a member of the patient’s family or their other carer) in our Inpatient Ward, Outpatients, Wellbeing Centre or Hospice at Home you may be introduced to one of our social workers. If not, and you would like to meet one of them, talk to the health professional in charge of your care and we will arrange a chat as soon as possible.
James George: PFSS Manager - Psychosocial Lead
An experienced social worker, James provides patients and their families qualified social work support, ranging from assessments, benefits checks and providing packages of care.
Annmarie Robertswood: Social Worker
Annmarie is a highly trained and qualified social worker. She works with patients and families to assess and arrange packages of care. Annmarie is building her knowledge of supporting younger children who are dealing with the challenges of their older family members who have life-limiting illnesses.