To help insure a safe and successful transition back into the home and eventually recovery, it is vitally important that a plan of care, or care plan, is in place. The healthcare industry is becoming more confusing and complicated every day, and because of this, there arises a need to have a professional trained to help you navigate this environment. Medical social workers help both families and individuals with the daunting task of getting care once they are discharged and to improve a patient’s outcome.
Part of a medical social worker’s charter it to create a coordination and collaboration care plan amongst all your care providers. The medical social worker will develop a discharge plan involving the patient, family members, healthcare providers and caregivers. Essentially forming a team working to help with your recovery.
This plan could include recommending and coordinating arrangements for caregiving services, medical equipment, transportation for medical visits and errands, meals, and even counseling needs to make the transition into home as seamless and successful as possible. Medical social workers will even visit you post discharge in your home to ensure adherence to your care plan and identify and address any problems that may have arisen.
While returning home post discharge can be overwhelming to some, medical social workers help to alleviate the stress and uncertainty that comes with recovery and can provide compassionate care and emotional support for patients and their families. Studies show the more informed patients are, the better their outcomes.
A medical social worker’s main priority is ensuring all the patient’s needs, both physically and mentally, are met throughout their treatment. Utilizing the experience and extensive knowledge of the health care system, a medical social worker can also connect patients with local resources to improve the quality of life, help with activities of daily living, and reduce hospital readmissions. This information includes community assistance programs, health insurance coverage, support group referrals, and even private duty agencies such as Keep Safe Care.
The bottom line is that a medical social worker is a patient’s biggest advocate and can be instrumental in maintaining robust and open lines of communication between patients and healthcare providers. As an advocate for the patient, medical social workers help patients overcome obstacles by communicating their patient’s specific needs to the healthcare team. The are the catalyst that keeps them informed of any unique circumstances that may affect the patient’s care. These social workers work diligently to help navigate and overcome hurdles in order to facilitate the best possible outcome.
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