March 8, 2023

How Home Care Social Workers Can Help

By Mary Devlin, MSW, Home Care

Granite VNA’s Home Care Medical Social Workers serve all 82 communities within the agency’s catchment area. Our Social Workers are in a unique position of being able to complete home visits to provide a variety of information to help patients and caregivers navigate the complexities of the medical care system and learn about available community-based resources. 

They help Home Care patients and caregivers by providing a thorough assessment of patient needs, support systems in place, and emotional capacity. Based on their assessment, Social Workers make recommendations and provide education on available community-based resources such as: 
• Financial Assistance Programs
• Transportation
• Housing
• Legal Aid
• Town and Government Assistance

Our team can provide short-term behavioral health support and connect patients to outpatient counseling or caregiver support groups.

Social Workers are also knowledgeable about possible long-term care options such as:
• Palliative Care
• Hospice Care
• Nursing Homes
• Assisted Living Facilities. 

Our team facilitates family discussions regarding care options for a loved one to help support their goal of staying at home or seeking a higher level of care in a facility. They can assist with reviewing paperwork or completing applications on the patient’s behalf. Social Workers pride themselves in working together towards patient and family goals.

I often say, “It’s a good time to call a Social Worker when you are wondering, ‘Where do I go to for….’” A Social Worker can lead you in the right direction to get your questions answered about what may be available to you and your family.

If someone on service requires a home visit from our Medical Social Workers, they can contact their primary care physician office or any clinician from Granite VNA.