Home Care Ontario | Mar 07, 2017
Social Work Week provides an opportunity to reflect on the important contribution of social workers whose expertise and skills are applied within the home care sector every day.
Social work is a regulated profession “concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.”
Skilled social work services assist in the identification of social and emotional problems impacting the patient's medical condition, treatment plan, or recovery. Social workers are important members of the home care team contributing to optimized and coordinated care.
Home care services help people with acute, chronic, palliative, or rehabilitative health care needs to live safely and independently in their community. A successful home care system appropriately utilizes and integrates all members of the team, enabling access to physicians, nursing, therapies, community pharmacists, and personal support. Each interdisciplinary member has a unique body of knowledge and scope of practice that is valued for the contribution to effective patient care.
Home Care Ontario is pleased to honour social workers during Social Work Week.