Social Worker Services
Dependable Home Care provides social workers to patients and families facing chronic illness and disability to assist them cope with and manage their lives. A social worker will assess the patient's need and then create a program to provide the needed help. A social worker might help clients who face a disability, life-threatening disease, abuse, poverty, violence, and other problems. A social worker may give counseling, discuss issues facing the patient and help them to understand and make plans to solve their problems. Social workers may also help locate resources such as support groups, or training programs and classes.
Social workers help individuals and families change attitudes and emotions, behaviors, and relationships to enable them to meet their personal and social needs.
Social workers confront a variety of issues including:
- Problems related to acute and chronic illnesses
- Mental illnesses and emotional disturbances
- Behavioral problems and learning disorders
- Marital and family difficulties
- Alcohol and substance abuse
Medical social workers help people and families that face chronic health problems by giving advice about how to deal with extended illness. Medical social workers can provide psychosocial support to patients and families so they can cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, or Alzheimer's disease. Social workers may also advise family caregivers, counsel patients, and help plan for patients' needs and arrange for at-home services after patient discharge from the hospital.
Social workers providing services for a senior citizens may assess, coordinate, and monitor services such as housing, transportation, and long-term care.
Mental health social workers assess and treat individuals with mental illness. Such services include individual therapy, and teaching skills needed for everyday living. They also may help plan for supportive services. They may also provide services to assist family members of those who suffer from mental health issues.
Social Worker Licensure
A "Licensed Master Social Worker" (LMSW) requires licensure in New York State which requires the applicant be of good moral character, meet education requirements, meet examination requirements, and
complete training in the identification and reporting of child abuse.