Social Work has a long history of playing a significant role in the provision of care for persons in long-term care (primarily, however not exclusively, for the elderly within personal care homes, chronic care facilities, and rehabilitation centres). Social Workers practice collaboratively with various professionals within a health care setting.
Social Work at Dearness includes advocacy on behalf of residents and their families. It focuses on the social and emotional impact of physical and mental impairment, preservation and enhancement of physical and social functioning, and promotion of physical and mental health towards an optimal quality of life. The emphasis is on building upon existing strengths, enhancing adaptations, and modifying risks that interfere with optimal quality of life.
The role of the social worker at Dearness includes (but is not limited to):
- Support and guidance through admissions and adjustment to Dearness;
- Developing therapeutic relationships with clients and families;
- Providing psychosocial expertise, counselling and assessments;
- Assisting clients in navigating community resources and services;
- Program planning, implementation and evaluation;
- Integral clinician on Mental Health Team and Palliative Care Team
- Promoting a positive living environment and playing a leadership role in counteracting stereotyping, stigmatization, and discrimination;
- Educating residents, families, and staff colleagues and for challenging the status quo when advocating on behalf of residents;
- Providing confidential, holistic approach to counselling residents and families incorporating physical, spiritual, mental and social aspects;
- Collaborating with multi-disciplinary team in creating positive change for residents in the areas of conflict resolution, planning and problem solving