March is nationally recognized as the month in which we remember and honor the valuable role of social workers. At Hospice of Fayette County, we have been blessed with two of the best in the field, Whitney Pennington, LSW and Courtney Lubbers, SWA.
Pennington has been with Hospice of Fayette since 1993 serving both full time and PRN status. She received her degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1986. Since that time she has worked at Fayette County Memorial Hospital for 14 years before moving on to Hospice of Fayette County. “I love my patients and families that I serve. They have given so much more back to me than I could ever given them and that is what keeps me going,” explained Pennington.
Lubbers has been with Hospice of Fayette County for three years. She studied social work at Southern State Community College and previously worked at Campbell and Wall. “I work here because it gives me personal gratification. It sounds cliché, but I truly want to help people,” said Courtney. “The end of life is just that – end of our physical life. For people to allow us into their homes during that time to care for them is an honor and privilege.”
Social workers play a big part in helping both patients and families who choose hospice care. They provide emotional and social support as well as assist with other issues like Medicare and Medicaid paper work; they coordinate legal and financial resources and provide Advance Care planning of legal documents. They also assist with contacting community resources to help the family as well as provide 13 months of bereavement support after the passing of the loved one.
“We have a wonderful social service team at Hospice of Fayette County. They lend a helping hand and listening ear to all. They are always there to help and assist our patients and families in any way they can,” said Lynda Wilt, executive director of Hospice of Fayette County. For more information or if you need any assistance please give us a call at 740-335-0149.
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