Oncology Social Services
At Compass Oncology, you’ll have ready access to oncology social workers at every phase of treatment. This provides patients and their families with a safe outlet to discuss their experiences and emotions. Our social workers assist with access to important community resources, including in-home care, transportation services, and support groups.
Meet the Compass Oncology Social Workers:
What is a Social Worker's Role for Cancer Patients?
Social workers work alongside your clinical care team to help you navigate your cancer journey. Part of the social worker’s role is to provide support and resources helpful to your care. Whether that involves a new cancer diagnosis, a reoccurring cancer diagnosis or a blood disorder, we want to walk alongside you to ensure your needs are met so you can focus on taking care of you. They work hard to serve as each patients:
- Resource coordinator
- Financial counselor
- Psycho-social-emotional-spiritual support
- Liaison, coach, and mentor
What Should I Expect During my Visit with the Oncology Social Worker?
During your first appointment, we spend time getting to know you. We will complete a needs and strength assessment where we identify what strengths and needs you are experiencing. We celebrate the strengths you and your family bring and we create a personalized care plan to assist you in meeting any needs. Some of the needs that we commonly identify and assist with are:
- Financial concerns (e.g., medical bills, utilities, rent, etc.)
- Insurance Barriers
- Limitations to independently perform activities of daily living care (e.g., bathing, dressing, cooking, etc.)
- Self-Image/emotional or mental health (e.g., support groups/outpatient counseling/psychiatrist)
- Personal relationships/family dynamics/caregiver support
- Advanced Care Planning – documenting your healthcare wishes