The role of the social worker on the inpatient medical units reflects both the philosophy of the social work profession and that of the hospital. In a collaborative effort with the medical staff and other hospital personnel, social work services focus on total patient care which includes the physical, emotional, and social needs of each individual and family. Emphasizing the individual’s strength and ability to participate in treatment, social workers help patients and their families identify, mobilize and use their own and community resources. The short-term, multi-faceted work helps patients cope with hospitalization and illness, and facilitates an appropriate discharge plan that meets their care needs.
Additional support services are also available to patients and their families through the Caregivers and Professionals Partnership (CAPP) Caregiver Resource Center, as well as Palliative Care.
Additional support services are also available to patients and their families through the Caregivers and Professionals Partnership (CAPP) Caregiver Resource Center which offers supportive services to caregivers of ill or disabled adults; and through Palliative Care, which focuses on the relief of suffering and the best possible quality of life for patients and family through symptom management, promotion of physical and psychological comfort, and psycho-social support. Referrals to Palliative Care must be with the knowledge and approval of the patient’s attending physician.