Key components of patient care provided by social workers include:

  • Adjustment to Illness — lifestyle changes, non-adherence to treatment, coping with loss, end of life issues, including hospice referrals
  • Complex discharge planning
    • Facilitate inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  • Crisis: Counseling through crisis and stages of life
  • Crisis: intervention (assessment/stabilization/problem solving)
  • Grief and Loss Resources
  • Advance Care Planning: Assist with conversations/decision making assistance regarding Health Care Proxies, MOLST, Living Wills, DNR, and Assuring Your Wishes
  • Short-term Counseling Intervention
  • Substance abuse evaluation and referrals
  • Violence: Suspected family violence, including domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse