SALISBURY, MD – April 3, 2017 ~ Courtney Gum-Layton, LGSW, has been promoted to Medical Social Services Resource Coordinator and will supervise the staff of social workers at the non-profit agency.
On Coastal Hospice care teams, social workers provide emotional and social support to patients and those caring for them – in patient homes and at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. Social workers also locate community resources that may be beneficial to patients and their families, such as Life Line, Meals on Wheels, VA benefits, and advanced directives.
Gum-Layton, received her BSW and MSW from Salisbury University before joining Coastal Hospice as a social worker in 2014. She said she chose social work “to help people find their voice and to advocate for people who can’t speak for themselves.”
“It’s an emotional time for both the patients and families, and being allowed the opportunity to care for someone at the end of their life is an honor,” Gum-Layton continued. “It has been said before but deserves to be said again: The end of life deserves just as much nurturing as the beginning of life, and I am proud to be able to walk that journey with the patients and families.”
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties. Information is available at 410-742-8732 or at CoastalHospice.org.