Social Services

Social ServicesRedwood Area Hospital social work staff work collaboratively with hospital health care teams who are directly involved with the patient’s plan of care. In addition to service as a patient/family advocate, the social work staff provides emotional support and guidance to patients and family members related to the impact of their illness, hospitalization.

Social work staff also assists with referral and coordination of community support services. As part of discharge planning, the social worker plays a vital role in maximizing wellness during the hospital stay and easing the transition back home or to a healthcare facility.

Redwood Area Hospital social work staff includes two professional social workers licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

Healthcare Directives

An Advance Health Care Directive is a form which will ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Healthcare providers and families often struggle to make difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. By putting your wishes in an advance directive before a crisis strikes, healthcare providers will be better able to honor your wishes and your family will not have to feel responsible for those tough decisions in an already difficult time.

Redwood Area Hospital social workers are available to provide you with information and tools to help aid conversations with family, friends and healthcare providers to create written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Minnesota state laws.

Click HERE  to view a guide to healthcare directives.

Grief Resources

Redwood Area Hospital social work staff provides support to family and friends throughout the grief process after the death of a loved one.

Adult grief support groups and youth grief retreat events, allow social work and hospice staff to offer support, friendship and information and opportunity to talk or listen with others who are grieving.

Linked below are additional grief resources :

Adult Book Reference: Grief & Bereavement

Children’s Book Reference: Grief & Bereavement

Keeping a Personal Journal

Normal Grief Responses

Understanding Grief


A Holiday Memorial

Coping with the Holidays

Getting the Most out of the Holidays

Meaningful Ways to Remember Loved Ones During the Holidays

Supporting others

What Can You Do to Help Someone Who is Grieving?

What Do We Need During Grief?