What Your Social Worker Can Do for You
- Help you continue your life goals
Social workers assess and coach people who start dialysis back towards physical, emotional and social balance.
Vocational rehabilitation: Social workers will help patients make plans for returning to work (if they desire) and help them access programs for retraining or education.
- Help family and friends understand
Social workers can help loved ones understand kidney disease and how they can become good “health support” partners.
- Make sure patients feel satisfied with their care
The dialysis social worker can help patients maintain a positive and trusting relationship with their dialysis center. Social workers help patients communicate any concerns they have to members of the treatment team.
- Help patients and families make important life decisions
Dialysis social workers will help patients and families gain and understand the information they need to make critical life decisions:
What will happen if I don’t start dialysis?
What will happen if I stop dialysis?
- Help patients access community resources
The dialysis social worker can help patients and their families understand and access resources that are available in the community such as: