What will my transplant social worker do?

Transplant social workers are specially trained in the unique financial, education and support needs of people who are having transplants. They can provide and connect these people and their families with resources and information about housing, finances, community and support services, and vocational rehabilitation.

Before, during and after a person’s hospital stay, a social worker is available to provide educational information and individual, family or group counseling. The same social worker typically follows a person through the entire transplant process. Social workers are a valuable asset to the transplant process. You will be able to discuss concerns and ask questions in many areas related directly or indirectly to your transplant.

Your transplant social worker will help you understand your feelings, prioritize your commitments and adjust your activities to meet the requirements of your new lifestyle. Problem-solving is a method in dealing with most problems pre and post transplant. Your social worker is a good resource to help you in accomplishing necessary tasks related to preparing for your transplant, as well as post transplant.

Some of the services your social worker may provide:
  • referrals to pharmaceutical companies for help in obtaining medications
  • community referrals for home care need if indicated
  • emotional support and encouragement when needed
  • community resources for vocational assistance
  • referrals to financial aid programs as indicated
Your transplant social worker will counsel you and your family and provide a variety of helpful resources. He or she will help you understand and cope with the basic problems associated with your illness, such as the challenges of paying your medical bills, finding reliable transportation to and from the hospital, referrals for re-employment services, and help with caring for children or other dependent family members. The social worker also collaborates with the clinical healthcare team to arrange a safe and satisfactory discharge plan that may involve home nursing visits and in-home care, if needed.

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