March was National Social Work month. The 2014 theme was “All People Matter.”
I personally want to say “thank you” to the social workers. I am a registered nurse and have worked in many different health care settings from acute hospital care, home health, long-term care and skilled care — both fall under the past title of “nursing home” — and as an insurance RN care coordinator.
The social workers and their team in all of these settings are as valuable as diamonds. The social work team not only listens to the patients and their family’s concerns but assesses needs for food, shelter, access to home, access and/or transportation to health care providers, better understanding of disease process, care giver strain and family dynamics. The social work team helps to resolve barriers to these needs by contacting community groups for Meals on Wheels, building ramps or providing needed equipment, community providers for home help, help to fill out complicated paperwork to access benefits like public assistance and by being a patient and willing ear to listen to burdens.
I could go on and on about the difference they make daily in patients’ lives. I will just finish by saying to those I have worked with in the past and those I work with currently, “Thank you, angels.” When you meet a social worker, you are meeting God’s angels.