Peninsula Home Care - Medical Social Workers
Chronic disease. If you’ve ever dealt with it, you already know — it can make you feel absolutely miserable.
Being sick or suffering from a chronic illness can affect more than just your body.
It can result in an onslaught of emotional, financial and social needs. But you don’t have to go through it alone. That’s where “social workers” can step in and help. So wouldn’t it make sense to have social workers in places where health services are already delivered? It could certainly make life much easier.
Search no more — they’re already in place. They are known as “medical social workers.” And to learn more about them, we’ve brought in Michele Warren, a medical social worker for Peninsula Home Care.
A medical social worker is a social worker who works in a healthcare setting.
“We work closely with the nurses and doctors that provide the medical services to the patients and we will go out and we will do a psychosocial assessment. We will look at all the factors that are happening in the patients life whether it be financial or the medical issues that are going. We try to link them to them to resources in the community that will benefit both them and the family,” Michele says.
Michele also says that all patients are very different and it is great to be able to help the patients and their families.