Social Work

Making a Difference

The Social Work Division is staffed by professional, masters-level social workers with years of MS expertise; who are trained to assess and help each person in his or her own personal situation and environment.

 

The following services are provided to patients and their families:

 

Psychosocial Assessment 

In-depth, individualized sessions with patients and families to assess problems in the home environment, relationships and coping, leading to collaboration with the interdisciplinary team on ameliorating those issues.

 

Support Groups 

Our social workers specializing in MS, facilitate support groups of our patients in order to help them help each other cope with the diagnosis. Groups are formed around specific situations and topics, such as newly diagnosed, coping with disease progression, and others as suggested by our patients. Knowing each of our patients allows us the advantage of knowing every person in a group will be physically similar. You will be with people like you.

 

Supportive Counseling 

The social work department offers short-term supportive counseling for patients and family members regarding MS issues. Referrals are made to outside services for assessment of depression, anxiety, relationship problems and other mental health issues that patients maybe experiencing.

 

Disability 

One-on-one meetings with our social work staff is offered for people who are no longer able to work. Assisting you in navigating the private, group and Social Security Disability application process.

 

Insurance 

Assistance in reviewing insurance plan options, important questions to ask the carrier before choosing a plan, HIPPA and COBRA questions answered.

 

Medicare Part D

Individualized explanation of new Medicare Rx plans and assistance in choosing the right one for your needs and budget.

 

Entitlements Eligibility 

Information on government programs that may assist with income and health insurance. Referral to attorneys who specialize in the Medicaid process.

 

Employment 

Counseling on what accommodations would help you keep your job, how to ask for accommodations, mediation between you and your employer, and your legal rights under the ADA.

 

Home Care 

Assessment and referral to agencies that provide physical and occupational therapy, home safety assessment, and home health aides.

 

Meal Delivery 

Referrals to meal delivery programs for people who cannot shop or cook for themselves.

 

Transportation 

Assistance in applying for Access-a-Ride and arranging ambulette services.

 

Hospital Liaison 

Information-sharing and collaboration with in-patient social work and medical team upon admission to the hospital to insure seamless planning for optimal homecoming.

 

Family Meetings

Arrangement of meetings between patients, their families and the medical team to discuss and problem-solve seemingly intractable problems.

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