The role of the hospice care social worker is an important one and can often be overlooked. Hospice care social workers show up when patients are living in their final months. Most patients enter hospice care with six months or less left to live. In hospice, focus is put on to the remaining life left to live, but also recognizing the anxiety and fear that can creep in with the recognition that life is ending. Hospice care social workers help patients handle this recognition and live the best possible life in the time that they have left.