Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.
Many people have heard of social workers but not many know all they can do to help people. Our agency would like to shine the light on home health social workers for the month of March. Social workers in home health care are certainly advocates for the elderly. Their goal is to help older adults remain in their home as long as possible. Social workers can help set up a variety of services such as transportation, meals on wheels, home health care and in home care to help people thrive in their home environment. They also conduct home visits to provide counseling, facilitate long term planning, assist with living wills and DNR’s, as well as serve as liaisons for family members who live far away from their loved ones. They lead the way for people that are looking for alternatives to nursing home care. For home health social workers, every day is different and every situation is unique, but the goal is always the same: to help surround the patient with support and resources to improve their well being and maintain their independence at home.