Social Work

What does a Medical Social Worker do?

When a Medical Social Worker meets with a patient they will assess their support needs and any risks to the patient. They will talk to the patient about:

  • how their circumstances have changed
  • their support network at home
  • their current support needs
  • any risks related to their current situation

The Medical Social Worker may provide support, information and make referrals to a number of relevant services if needed.

Services available

  • Planning discharge home and co-ordinating community services
  • Long term care planning, respite and nursing home application where required
  • Patient and family education regarding coping with illness
  • Individual counselling, group work, work with families and carers
  • Information on benefits and entitlements, housing and social welfare
  • Referral to other services where appropriate

Resolving Individual and Family Difficulties

Which may include providing assistance with:

  • Living with acute or chronic illness
  • Protection of vulnerable adults
  • Child Protection
  • Domestic violence
  • Homelessness
  • Financial concerns
  • Caring for a dependant relative
  • Stress, anger and depression
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Addictions and eating disorders
  • Family problems and separation
  • Isolation and Loneliness

Useful Links

http://www.alone.ie - Supporting older people to age at home (Befriending Service, Housing Support)

http://www.alzheimer.ie/Home.aspx - Alzheimer's Society of Ireland

http://www.dublincity.ie - Dublin City Council

http://www.womensaid.ie - Women's Aid - National Freephone Domestic Violence Helpline

http://www.amen.ie - AMEN (Abuse against men)

http://www.pieta.ie - Support regarding suicidal distress and self-harm

http://www.samaritans.org/your-community/samaritans-ireland-scotland-and-wales/samaritans-ireland - Freephone service offering emotional support

https://www.rip.ie - End of life matters

http://www.rcni.ie - Rape Crisis Network Ireland - National 24 hour helpline

http://www.cancer.ie/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv_bS3LDs3QIV65PtChlyFQNZEAAYASAAEgLpBvD_BwE - Irish Cancer Society

http://www.irishnurshinghomes.ie - Irish Nurshing Homes

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en - Citizens Information

http://www.hse.ie/eng/cards-schemes/medical-card - Medical card information

http://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/socialcare/safeguardingvulnerableadults - Safeguarding Information

http://www.tusla.ie - Child and Family Agency