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 - Supporting older people to age at home (Befriending Service, Housing Support) - Alzheimer's Society of Ireland - Dublin City Council - Women's Aid - National Freephone Domestic Violence Helpline - AMEN (Abuse against men) - Support regarding suicidal distress and self-harm - Freephone service offering emotional support - End of life matters - Rape Crisis Network Ireland - National 24 hour helpline - Irish Cancer Society - Irish Nurshing Homes - Citizens Information - Medical card information - Safeguarding Information - Child and Family Agency