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National Social Work Month

March 07, 2014

National Social Work Month

Why Social Work Matters...

The primary mission of social work is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable. Social Work professionals help individuals, couples and families cope with the social, psychological, cultural and medical issues resulting from an illness.

Social Workers at VNA of Hudson Valley work with patients and their caregivers to help identify individuals needs and develop a plan of care. This includes; ensuring that a patient can remain at home safely, providing information about available community services and resources, addressing emotional, social and physical needs and providing adequate caregiver support.

Our medical social workers also help patients fully utilize home healthcare and services by:
  • Explaining healthcare resources and policies to patients, family and professional staff.
  • Helping plan for post-hospital patient needs by arranging for services at another facility or in the home.
  • Explaining to patients the epidemiology of diseases, including social environment risk factors.
  • Helping patients and families receive needed follow-up care by referral to healthcare resources.
  • Understanding the social, cultural and religious variables that contribute to patients' responses to illness and their use of health-care resources.
Social Workers may also help patients with advanced care directives and other long-term care issues. They assure that patients’ medically related emotional and social needs are met and maintained throughout their treatment.

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