Medical Social Work

Medical Social Work 2018-05-25T16:40:14+00:00

Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges, including: physical illness, discrimination, abuse, addiction, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, mental illness, and financial difficulties. Social workers help prevent crises and counsel individuals, and families so they can cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.They are able to guide patients and their families through challenging decision-making that arises when a home no longer meets a patient’s needs. Social workers advise patients and their families about such options as independent and assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, or other long-term placements.

At the Natick VNA, social workers work with our nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists, and home care aides to assist patients and families.

The services of a social worker may include:

  • Helping patients adjust to an illness
  • Facilitating linkage to and assistance with necessary community resources needed, including:
  • Long-term care education and planning
  • Elder care services, including Meals on Wheels
  • Prescription, fuel and food assistance
  • Transportation
  • State and federal programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

To provide optimal care for the community, social workers also collaborate with community organizations, including:

  • Councils on Aging
  • Elder and protective services
  • Home care organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
For more information, call us at 508-653-3081 or contact us here.