Social Services

Social workers provide services both in the hospital and the community.

As members of an interdisciplinary health care team, social workers are available to you and your family.

Providing a variety of preventive, clinical and supportive services:
  • Emotional support and counseling
  • Assistance in finding your way through the health care system
  • Answers to your questions
  • Assistance patients in communicating effectively with their health care team
  • Respond to critical needs throughout your care
  • Mental and emotional health resources
  • Coordination of patient discharge and planning your after-care needs
  • Referrals to community resources for additional supports, assistance and safety

 

Bridging the Gap

We coordinate patient and family needs with a variety of resources, including:

  • Home health agencies
  • Advance care planning
  • Homemaker/meal services
  • Equipment supply companies
  • Social services
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Financial assistance
  • Alternative living arrangements (skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes, and intermediate care facilities)
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospice care
  • Respite care
  • Transportation resources

 

What You Should Know

About Advance Directives: Health Care Directives (Living Wills) and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

The term 'Advance Directives' refers to your oral and written instructions about your future medical care in the event you are unable to express your medical wishes. There are two types of advance directives: a health care directive and a durable power of attorney for health care. The Washington State Medical Association provides free copies of both forms online.

  

Contact Social Services for more information: 

(509) 336-7556

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Pullman Regional Hospital's Social Work Extender Program

Pullman Regional Hospital’s Center for Learning & Innovation introduces the “Social Work Extender Program” designed to identify barriers to health faced by populations in rural Whitman County.

Advance care planning

Advance care planning is something we ALL should do and encourage others to do, regardless of age or current health. Discussing your wishes can be one of the most important gifts you ever give your loved ones.

You are not alone

In addition to 24-hour emergency services, our Social Work department can also provide emotional support, brief counseling and help victims of sexual assault connect with additional community resources in a supportive and considerate environment.