Americans Avoid Discussing Death
If you ask most Americans they would say they would prefer to die at home surrounding by family, National Association of Social Workers member Deborah Waldrop said in this UPI article.
Yet statistics show 80 percent of chronically ill people die in hospitals or nursing homes.
“Too often, their lives have ended in pain and despair, spending their final days in an alienating institutional environment…,” Waldrop, DSW, ACSW, said.
There is a growing emphasis on allowing chronically ill people to have a “good death,” which may include allowing them to die at home, said Waldrop, who is a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
To learn more about how social workers help people at the end of life visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Death & Dying Web page by clicking here. NASW also released Social Work Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care. To read these standards click here.
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