Schervier Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center Social Work Department has a long and distinguished history of having Social Workers who will work with residents in the nursing home by identifying their psychosocial, mental and emotional needs along with providing, developing, and/or aiding in the access of services to meet those needs. Services will be provided in accordance with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics along with strict adherence to government regulations.
Social Workers in our Department of Social Services are trained to assess patient and family needs that stem from the diagnosis or treatment of an illness, or as a result of a recent hospitalization. We help our residents and their families address these issues, as well as how to manage a loved one’s care, in an effort to minimize the stress that may aggravate a patient’s medical condition. The nursing home Social Worker in a long-term care facility helps the person who is entering a facility make the transition from a previous living environment to live in an institutional setting while meeting the social/emotional comfort needs of that resident enabling each individual to function at the highest possible level. The Social Worker assures the resident’s continuing needs are met and that the person is given the opportunity to participate in planning for continued care in the facility, transfer, or discharge back into the community.
Social Workers can provide the following services:
As patient advocates, Social Workers:
- Help patients to understand their rights and responsibilities
- Educate patients regarding community resources
- Work with insurance providers to ensure that patients receive their maximum allowable benefits
- Help our patients understand the laws and regulations that regulate nursing homes
- Work with the residents and their families on advance directives
Schervier’s Social Workers are certified counselors who can identify the resources to meet a variety of patient needs. Major services include:
- Psychosocial assessment and counseling of the patient/family
- Discharge planning
- Health education
- Palliative care and end-of-life issues
- Dementia assessments
- Support residents and family through the period of transition of becoming a long-term resident
From the time of a patient’s admission to the nursing home, the Social Worker will work with the care team to help plan for the care the patient may need when he or she leaves the hospital. The Social Worker will meet with the patient and their family early during their stay to begin planning discharge.