A medical social worker is available to assist you in completing legal and financial planning, accessing other community resources, funeral arrangements, and counseling for you and your family. A social worker will be initially visiting as a part of the hospice's assessment team in order to help you determine your individual needs, including help with Advance Directives. These documents identify what you want or do not want when there is a special medical condition that leaves the patient unable to speak for themselves. You are not required by law to complete an advance directive but it is your right to refuse or select what treatment you want. If you have made these determinations and they have been legally recorded, please provide a copy to the nurse to maintain with your health care records.