Social Work

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A social worker’s role in the hospital setting is to support patients and their families through their healthcare journey.

Social workers work with diverse populations and help address the impact of illness and treatment for patients. The goal is to restore, maintain and enhance social and emotional functioning by focusing on strengths, linking people to necessary resources and providing supportive counselling for their individual and unique situations.  This, in turn, will promote quality of life for the patient when they are ready to be discharged back into the community.
 

What can a social worker help with?
Psychosocial assessments
Emergency resources and community referrals
Coping/support/counselling
Mediators for complex family dynamics
Mental health issues
Addictions and substance abuse
Power of Attorney and assisting finding next of kin
Consultation for ethical dilemmas
Abuse
Palliative care
Diabetes support - Children
Immigration issues
Accessing drug coverage
Travellers with/without insurance

Social Work Departments

Inpatient Medical
Renal/Dialysis
Oncology
Eating Disorders
Sexual Abuse/Domestic Violence 
Children’s Mental Health
Inpatient Adult Mental Health
Addiction

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