Social Work Services
As a part of the healthcare team, professional social workers assess the needs of patients and families. All patients are screened following admission. They consider the patient's situation prior to admission, assess the supports that are available to the patient and family in the community, determine the status and availability of insurance coverage and link the patient to available quality services. Social workers are responsible for effecting the discharge of patients who require post-hospital services.
Examples of services that might be appropriate and available (need is determined by the professional team) include:
The social worker will also assist with patients requiring out of home post-hospital care including placement in:
Social workers are trained to meet the psychosocial and emotional needs of patients and families. This is most critical as patients and families confront the uncertainty and disequilibria that hospitalization produces. These needs can be related to a new diagnosis of a serious/life threatening condition; death and dying issues, and issues of physical/psychological disability.
Social workers are responsible for intervening in all situations of child abuse/neglect, domestic violence and elder abuse.
Professional social workers lead support groups for patients and families throughout the hospital.
Social workers are available to assist with issues of Advanced Directives.
Professional social workers are trained to assist in disaster relief efforts. Social workers from our Department were called upon by the County and Red Cross to respond following the TWA Flight 800 crash, the Avianca crash and the September 11th attack.
Social workers are assigned to every service in the hospital. You can reach the appropriate social worker by asking you doctor or nurse or calling the main social work number at 444-2552.
There are also social workers available by appointment in the out patient areas.
For additional information, please call 631-444-4000.
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