Social Worker responsibility in caregiving

Social Worker’s Role in Patient Care and Advocacy

Social workers play a big role in hospital frontline services for patients and family members. According to a 2006 survey of licensed social workers, hospitals are the most common primary employment setting for them (Whitaker, Weismiller, Clark & Wilson, 2006.)

The Roles and Functions of Social Workers in Health Care

Their primary role helps patients and families understand an illness, come to terms with the emotions of a diagnosis, and provide counseling on the decisions. They are essential participants in the hospital medical teams; collaborating with doctors, nurses, and related health professionals. Social workers help the medical team members to recognize the emotional aspects of a patient’s illness.READ MORE

Caregiver Meal Challenges

Mealtime Challenges for Caregivers

Family members know how difficult it is to ensure an older parent maintains a nutritious diet. After all, seniors face multiple challenges and nutrition and maintaining elderly health is at the top.

Since many older adults live with at least one chronic condition, eating and enjoying meals can be affected by medications. Their appetites and taste buds will diminish by the meds they consume. And if a person is recovering from a surgery, a patient may lose interest in eating altogether.

These problems can mean your parent may not flourish.

Living alone poses another significant challenge. Deteriorating mental or physical health limits the ability to engage in social activities. And if the person has no children or the children live far away from them, that increases the risk of social isolation.READ MORE

Legal Issues in Elder Care

Growing older will force people to make life care decisions that affect medical and end of life concerns . These decisions about health and medical care are highly sensitive, and they deserve the strongest protection under the law. Therefore, when it comes to a person’s health care, the law is very strict about who participates in the care related discussions.

These sensitive documents are meant to protect you from someone else making medical decisions on your behalf. The legal forms will give you peace of mind and the guidance to the friends and family members during a medical or financial emergency.READ MORE

caregiver advice

The Key Steps for New Caregivers

At the beginning stages of caregiving, it will be a struggle for you because you won’t know who to turn to for help. You’re new to the family caregiver scene. It’s confusing and sometimes frightening. And it may be the first time that your relative needs your help. This is a first time experience for the two of you and equally scary for both. Maybe there’s a sudden change in the relative’s health or over time, chronic illness has made them weak and dependent.

You must take action now and learn to reach out to people, services, and information that will be a guide for you to help care for a loved one. The earlier you act and find support, the sooner you’ll get a handle on the confusion and frustration that riddles the caregiving process.READ MORE