Our Hospice Social Workers can help identify and assess the social, practical and emotional needs of patients, families and carers, then arrange appropriate support and care. They are often involved in discharge planning from the In-Patient Unit. In addition to this, they work with patients and families at the Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby Day Hospices, and when needed, provide assistance to the community nursing teams. They can help with many aspects of social care for example: finding resources in the community - including personal care at home, residential and nursing home placements, housing, advocacy, finances, legal issues, and support for carers. They can spend time with patients and family members giving them opportunity to talk about how they are coping with the changes that illness brings to every part of the family. They also run several support groups for current and recently bereaved carers.