Not all senior adults find the transition into retirement to be smooth sailing. For a growing number of them in the country, this is a time of worry, stress, and often conflict between themselves and their loved ones, as chronic conditions and the need for care begin to add pressure on finances, health, and mental stability. Difficulty accessing care, lack of knowledge and guidance on resources, and psychosocial tension within the home put seniors in dire situations.
As a provider of home health care in Skokie, Illinois, we at Excelcare Home Health know far too well the trials and tribulations many of our clients face in maintaining a loved one’s continuity of care. We believe that the solution lies in addressing issues between the family and the care recipient. This is where medical social services come in.
A medical social worker can work with you in identifying the problems you face and solving them for the long term to achieve holistic wellness. Their work involves the following:
- Connecting you to reliable sources of aid
Many clients seeking in-home care in Illinois often worry about being unable to pay for services. In a case like this, a medical social worker can educate you on your coverage and options, and even lead you to other sources to receive the care you need.
- Doing psychosocial assessments
Long-term lifestyle changes put undeniable emotional and mental stress on seniors and their families. By performing assessments, the medical social worker can create a plan of action for the care team to respond to your problems adequately.
- Providing counseling and education
In line with the previous point, a medical social worker can then provide you and your loved one with recommendations for counseling to resolve conflicts and heal hurts from within. They continue guiding you on your journey until an optimal home environment is finally established.