March is National Social Work month with an emphasis on the many roles that social
workers provide. The following are among the many tasks and issues that social
- Social workers play an integral role in care coordination for older adults, especially those living with advanced illness or multiple chronic conditions, by facilitating access to health and psychosocial services that improve health outcomes and support aging in place.
- Caring for older relatives requires planning and support, but most families report not being fully prepared for the challenge or knowing how to access the support they need.
- Family members, friends, and other unpaid caregivers provide the backbone for much of the care that is received by older adults. Many family caregivers support their loved ones at significant cost to their own physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
Social workers have self-care needs as much as family members caring for older relatives do.
Please consider social workers for help and advice if you need care coordinating
care for a loved one.
Posted by Howard Brockman, LCSW
March 2, 2012