Medical Social Worker
Being able to adjust to normal functioning in relation to your family and community can be a challenge after a traumatic accident, debilitating illness or major surgery. A medical social worker can help assess and provide the necessary assistance to make that transition easier. This is yet another service provided through Diversity Home Health Group.
What does a Medical Social Worker Do?
A medical social worker or health care social worker helps to manage and coordinate various aspects of your recovery plan. They are often instrumental in helping to ease the transition from leaving a facility to becoming fully independent in your home. Though these professionals tend to focus in areas like public health, geriatric, palliative, and inpatient medical or mental health care, they tend to work in an interdisciplinary setting with numerous health care professionals from various branches.
Discharge planning often requires a wide variety of services from a wide variety of professionals and a medical social worker helps make that happen as smoothly as possible by providing support to client and family members such as:
Referrals for services
Local, state, and federal assistance programs
In essence, without a clinical social worker, the broad plan of your recovery and the numerous individuals necessary to carry it out would fall on your own shoulders or upon the shoulders of a family member.
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Medical Social Services
As mentioned above, medical social workers organize and coordinate a wide variety of services, treatments and providers in order to alleviate the chaos which might occur if each was handled independently. Medical social services get rid of the stress and headaches of keeping all of your medical, psychological, therapeutic and pharmaceutical ducks in a row. Here is a closer look at some of the services included in medical social services:
Along with your primary doctor, family members and other members of the medical team providing your care, medical social services help to establish a Plan of Care to follow.
Helps to encouraging self-reliance to resolve crises as you work toward independence.
Offer counseling and referrals to you and your family concerning local, state and federal assistance programs, qualifications and application processes.
Helps to direct you and your family toward support groups that might assist in helping you to cope with your recovery.
Monitors and evaluates your Plan of Care.
Helps to schedule and coordinate the various members of your medical providers.
Helps you to achieve the highest possible degree of independence and dignity possible.
Collaborate with your primary doctor concerning your Plan of Care in order to assess your progress and provide you with additional assistance if necessary.
Helps to manage transportation and meals during the transition from a facility into your private home.
Helps to adjust and adapt treatment plans in conjunction with your doctor.
Assesses the home environment and makes recommendations for alterations and renovations, as well as community resources that can provide additional assistance.
Track and report your treatments and any changes in your overall medical condition.
It is quite obvious, given the long list of tasks which clinical social workers perform, that attempting to handle all of these aspects by yourself or burdening a family member with carrying them out could rapidly collapse into chaos. Medical social services and social health care workers create a foundational structure to help prevent such a collapse.
Do I Need A Health Care Social Worker?
In many cases, when you begin to discuss your discharge from a facility to independent care, a health care social worker is either assigned to you or comes highly recommended by your physician as part of your discharge orders. If that is not the case, then consider several questions concerning your ability or the ability of your family to manage your care after your discharge:
Do you or your family members have the necessary mental abilities, physical energy or time commitment available to organize and coordinate a wide variety of services and service providers?
Are you or your family members have the proper knowledge and understanding of your entire treatment process, its objectives and the necessary adjustments that might need to be necessary?
Are you or your family members fully aware of all of the local, state and federal assistance programs available, the qualifications necessary for obtaining those benefits as well as the application process?
If you answered no to any or all of these questions and were not provided with a medical social worker upon discharge, you need to seriously consider medical social services in order to obtain the very best care possible while you are working toward being more independent.
Benefits of Medical Social Services
Achieving the highest level of independence and dignity possible is the reason you have opted for being discharged from a health care facility or institution and the primary objective of medical social services and medical social workers is to help you reach that goal. Consider several benefits of medical social services:
Instead of the stress of trying to organize and coordinate your various caregivers and service providers, you can focus on your treatment and recovery as well as time with family, friends and events in your community.
A medical social worker can help you take advantage of local, state and federal programs that you might not even know about or simple don’t have the understanding or energy to be able to apply and obtain the services they provide.
A clinical social worker can foresee potential issues in your Plan of Care and adjust them in order to provide a more seamless transition into new phases involved with your care.
A health care social worker provides an objective set of eyes which can see the larger picture of your overall plan of care and keep it moving in the right direction.
At times, when you are trying to recover from a debilitating illness, a traumatic accident or major surgery, you and the members of your family have more than enough to focus on and worry about. Help from a clinical social worker allows you and your loved ones to relax and focus on getting through the difficult times you face. If you can benefit from the services of a medical social worker, do not hesitate to contact us and learn how our medical social services can serve you.
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