Helping Patients Manage Illness and Treatment
People with serious health issues often find that their illness and its treatment affect many aspects of their lives beyond their physical concerns. Family members and friends frequently find that they, too, have questions about dealing with the experience.
Sometimes your reactions, thoughts, and worries may surprise you. Situations you may have managed well prior to your diagnosis now seem nearly impossible.
Social workers are available in all Harrison treatment settings to discuss your questions and concerns. They can direct you to a multitude of community resources and services, and help you:
- Talk with your family and friends about your cardiovascular treatment.
- Cope with stress, fears, and worries.
- Explore non-medical approaches to manage pain.
- Manage feelings of grief and loss.
- Plan for temporary or long-term changes in your ability to care for yourself or for your family member.
- Find financial help for living expenses, medications, or other critical needs.
- Locate supplies, specialty clothing items, or home equipment to make daily life easier.
- Use community services for transportation, home care, or family support.
- Identify a home health service for your parent who may need nursing or rehabilitation care.
- Choose healthcare decision-makers in the event your condition worsens.
- We also can assist you in finding an appropriate support group. There, you’ll be able to talk with others having experiences similar to yours.
Our social workers coordinate directly with a patient’s cardiovascular care team to:
- Address the impact of personal and family circumstances.
- Gauge a patient’s emotional response to illness.
- Access community resources for a patient’s optimum health and well-being.
- When you’re ready, we’re here to talk with you and your family.