It’s important to understand how home care and social workers work together to help senior clients. Accredited Home Care works closely with social workers to provide the best in home care possible.
Home Care and Social Workers Working Together
Social workers can help seniors get the most out of their in home care. Consequently, combining the efforts of a social worker with our team is one way to receive exemplary care.
Home Care & Social Workers Partner Together
- The Role of the In Home Caregiver – Our main goal is to ensure that the patient has all of their needs met. One way to help us understand the most possible about the person we are caring for.
- The Role of the Social Worker – A social worker (MSW) often works like the glue of the team. When combined with in home care the team focuses on the specific needs of the client. This includes making sure the client can take advantage of any programs that are available to them.
- Combining the Roles – The social worker will work with the family, the community and the patient to better understand all of their needs. They will provide a basic assessment of needs at home for the caregiver. In the same way, the caregiver will stay in contact with the MSW to let them know how things are going.
Understanding the Social Worker
Generally, the social worker will begin their work in the hospital. Accordingly, they will work with the family, the medical staff, and the home care staff. If there isn’t a situation where the client is coming home from the hospital, extending their services between the physician, family & the home care team is the other most likely scenario.
Social Workers Intervene on Subjects Such As:
- Assessing living conditions
- Assessing any changes needed in the home
- Mental awareness & functionality levels of the client
- Home safety
- Supportive counseling (on many levels)
- Community awareness (including suggesting programs in the community that could be beneficial to the client)
- Help the client re-integrate into the community
- Encompassing the client’s religious needs when applicable
- Helping with interventions when the client is facing problematic issues (e.g., alcohol abuse, depression, prescription drug abuse)
- Focusing on programs that are available to help with health & safety
- Health & strength recovery options
- Enlightening the client & their family about financial help for various needs
Common Examples Include:
- Financial aid for special projects & home modifications
- Financial programs available for helping to pay for medical supplies
- Gaining access to larger items (wheelchairs, scooters, etc.)
- Prescription programs (offered by pharmaceutical companies, city or state funding, etc.)
When Home Care and Social Workers Combine Skills
The home care and social workers have one focus in mind, the client.
The main goals of these two important parts of the caregiving team are similar. One works to access & find ways to put the client in the best possible position. The other works in setting these programs and knowledge into action.
In the end the goals are:
- Safe Living Conditions
- Improvement in health & stability
- Encompassing a variety of programs & options to provide quality of life
- Strengthen the client
- Work together with all members of the medical team so that decline in mental & physical health is avoided as well as possible
- Providing a quality of life despite any health complications
It is without doubt that working as a team is the best way to provide a quality filled life for anyone. Let us be a part of your home care team. We understand how home care and social workers work together to help senior clients.
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