Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Social workers also advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of their clients and the social work profession on local, state, and national levels.
While there are many types of social workers, the ones involved with in home care are know as Healthcare social workers. These individuals help patients understand their diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, housing, or healthcare. For example, they may help people make the transition from the hospital back to their homes and communities. In addition, they may provide information on services, such as home healthcare or support groups, to help patients manage their illness or disease. Social workers help doctors and other healthcare professionals understand the effects that diseases and illnesses have on patient’s mental and emotional health. Some healthcare social workers specialize in geriatric social work, hospice and palliative care, or medical social work. See Social Work