Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.


March is National Professional Social Work Month and the perfect opportunity to highlight the essential role that social workers play in working with vulnerable populations. This year's official theme is "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions." Social workers for generations have served as leaders, advocates and champions, helping individuals overcome challenges so they can live up to their full potential. Social workers also work tirelessly to improve our communities and society.

Thanks to social workers such as social reformer Jane Addams, former Labor Secretary Frances Perkins and Civil Rights leaders Dorothy Height and Whitney Young, the nation improved voting rights, extended civil rights to African Americans and women, and instituted unemployment insurance, a minimum wage and Social Security.

Social workers also touch the lives of millions on a more personal level. At Niagara Hospice we recognize the vital role our social workers play in providing support to patients and families faced with serious illness. The hospice social worker is often thought of as the resource person. Whether it's wading through the sea of insurance forms to answer questions, talking to the family about their loved one's final wishes, discussing caregiver challenges and providing tools to help cope, facilitating nursing home placement if needed, or providing books on tape - the hospice social worker is an invaluable source of information and member of the hospice team.

Social work has proved a calling for many. It is one of the fastest growing professions with more than 680,000 professional social workers in our nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social workers strive to promote independence, autonomy and dignity for all of their clients. They offer families ways to deal effectively with long-term care responsibilities. They work at hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, independent and assisted living facilities, public agencies and even in client homes.

Social workers are needed more now than ever as our nation continues to grapple with issues such as income equality, environmental change, the need for health care and mental health care, a national opioid addiction crisis and the continuing push to attain equal justice and treatment for all.

So be sure to thank a social worker this month for choosing a profession that is truly a service to others in need. For more information about social work in hospice care, visit or call Niagara Hospice at 716-439-4417.


Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates right to your inbox.