Going through the healthcare process is not always easy, especially for our elderly loved ones. In fact, as providers of home health care in California, we can testify to how much work is needed to be done to make healthcare more accessible for everyone.
Fortunately, medical social workers can help you and your family to navigate the often-complicated healthcare system for your senior loved one. These are professionals trained to advocate for patients’ rights and work to make the administrative side of care easier and more accessible.
That said, while we believe that anyone receiving skilled nursing and other forms of care would benefit from having a medical social worker, there are certain cases where having one is more necessary than not. To know if this is the case for your elderly, here are some questions to consider:
- Long-term hospitalization
Did your senior loved one just come out of long-term hospitalization and is having a difficult time readjusting at home or in their new care setting?
- Major psychosocial care needs
Is your senior loved one’s psychosocial care an urgent care need for you and the family?
- Complex care needs
Does your senior loved one have a complex condition that requires multiple transfers, complex treatments, and additional services?
- Easier paperwork and administrative requirements processing
Can your loved one benefit from having additional community healthcare resources?
Answering yes to any of these questions above is a strong indicator of the need for a medical social worker to assist them. Our medical social workers at our home health agency in Van Nuys, California are trained to handle everything about your elderly’s care needs. Call Americare Home Health, Inc. today.
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