Medical Social Services
Home Health United social workers play a vital role in the patient-care team. After a patient is admitted by a nurse, a social worker may come to your home, with your permission, and conduct a thorough psychosocial assessment to help determine your needs and identify any limitations, barriers, or safety issues that might impede your recovery.
A large part of the social worker's job is education of patients and family. They also help solve problems and may refer you to a social service agency or to other community resources and funding sources.
Their services may include:
- Home safety
Long range planning
Education regarding alternative living arrangements
Community resource planning and coordination
- Counseling with life-style changes
- Teaching regarding coping with loss and change
- Grief counseling