What Your Social Worker Can Do For You

Assessing patients needs and problems
Advise on boards, care or skilled nursing facility placement, Adult Protective Services, mental health, suicide, and other issues

Provide professional advice about the patient's physiological needs and problems to the nursing staff, family, or patient
Community Resource, Referrals, and Advocacy
Refer to appropriate agencies for in-home help, financial aid, and miscellaneous needs

Advise about community agencies, and their services and qualifications 

Serve as a patient advocate should problems arise

Emotional Counseling
Counsel, support, and consult patients and families about terminal illness

Help the patient and family cope with serious illness or impending death

Advise and assist with prior funeral arrangements

Financial Counseling and Information
Help with Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other financial concerns

Discuss alternatives for patient care

Legal Instruments and Service Information
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Advanced Directive