March is National Social Work Month

Have you ever wondered what does a social worker do? The role of the social worker in long term care is often varied and encompasses many different functions. The following are but a few of the tasks that the social worker may be able to assist you with: providing tours, handling preadmission interviews, coordinating admissions, assisting with adjustment to the facility, educating and executing advanced directives (like living wills and power of attorney paperwork), financial assistance and planning, assisting with insurances (Medicare, Mainecare and private plans), discharge planning, participating in resident care planning meetings, psychosocial assessments, contacting outside resources on a resident/families behalf, making referrals to outside agencies, completing training on resident rights, problem solving, complaint resolution, witnessing forms, delivering mail . . . and many more!
So . . . what can your social worker do for you today?