Social services play a critical role for many residents in long-term care facilities such as Blackville Healthcare & Rehabilitation. The social worker’s role in a long-term care facility is to act as a liaison for the residents and their families with the facility, ensuring that the resident receives social support, emotional support, and a connection to the outside world.
At Blackville Healthcare & Rehabilitation, our social worker helps create an individualized plan for each new resident that covers a path from admission to the time of discharge. Part of this plan includes communicating between the family and the facility any concerns, such as dietary, activities, rehabilitation, and any psychological help the resident may need. This individual routinely checks in with residents to make sure they are happy and comfortable during their stay at our facility. Concerns that they may find are addressed with both the resident’s family and the facility in a respectful and timely many.
In addition to identifying the psychosocial, mental, and emotional needs of a resident, our social workers can also assist with business office issues such as insurance processes, including transitioning to Medicaid or helping residents switch to a different insurance.
When making tough decisions, the social worker is happy to walk the family through any process, including discharges home or to other facilities or transitioning to end-of-life care such as hospice services. Our social worker works with other agencies in the community, such as local hospice services, home health agencies, hospitals, and other facilities in the area, to ensure that our residents receive the best care possible before, during, and after their stay at the facility.
For more information about social work in the state of South Carolina, please visit the official website for the National Association of Social Workers South Carolina Chapter. If you are looking for a career in social work at our facility, please visit our employment page to apply.