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.



Helpful Links

  

Contact Social Services for more information: 

(509) 336-7556