WHAT IS SOCIAL WORK?
DEFINITION: Barker, L (2004) defined that social work practice occurs in hospital and other health care settings to facilitate: (1) good health (2) prevent illness (3) aid physically ill patients and their families to resolve the social and psychological problems related to the illness.
Medical social work also sensitizes other health care providers about the social-psychological aspects of illness. Social Work looks at complex interactions between individuals as patients, their environment outside of the hospital, and the treatment process within the hospital setting.
- To improve the quality of life for patients, families and significant others
- Advocate for patients, families and their significant others while understanding and working towards the goals and objectives of the hospital and the center.
- Maintain and enhance professional social work standards.
- Provide education and training to the patient, families, undergraduate and graduate students, interdisciplinary hospital staff, and the community at large.
- Provide service to patients of all ages – from children to adults
Social Worker’s Role in Hospital
- Chemical Dependency
- Support Groups
- Assist Patients in Dialysis Unit
- Patient Advocacy
- Discharge Planning
- Ward Rounds
- Elder/Spousal/Child/Dependent Abuse
- Safety, housing and support planning
- Long and Short Term Care Planning
- Collaboration with MD’s; Geriatric/Oncology/Nephrology Specialists, case managers, and other team members
Process – Critically ill patients who are referred by the attending physician for further medical care that is not offered at our facility.
Procedure – Attending physician in collaboration with the Chief of Medical Staff makes the decision to transfer a patient. Social Services then takes charge and make all the necessary arrangements in collaboration with various teams.
BVIHSA Social Workers:
Marion Turnbull, MSW
Juanita George, LGSW