At The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital the department of social services is focused on meeting the needs of patients and their families. The department consists of 10 staff members, including 7 social workers, 2 case managers and one department assistant, covering all areas of the Hospital.
The exceptional service the social workers provide to patient and family members continues to grow, as they meet the needs of a growing hospital. In the last few years the department has expanded into two additional areas, outpatient services and transitional care.
“It’s been helpful to have a social worker in outpatient services to meet with patients and families. The social worker assists the family by exploring resources that might be helpful and available in the community,“ said Jana Wing, director, social services.“ “This also gives us the opportunity to follow up with patients and families after they have left the hospital, and refer them to inpatient services when it’s helpful.”
Inpatient social workers have many roles at the Hospital. Advocate, liaison, supporter and encourager, a social worker wears many hats with the primary goal of helping families through a difficult process.
We asked our social workers to share why they chose this specific profession. This is what they said:
“I work with families to encourage and show kindness during their time of need. I feel it is a privilege to work with the families and to help them navigate through the process of being here at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. My hope is that they feel encouraged and understand that they are not alone in their journey,” said Emily Montgomery.
“I provide resources to our outpatient families so their children can thrive at home. I also provide support to the caregivers so they feel confident in their decision making,” said Caitlin Griffin.
“My job is to create a supportive and encouraging environment so families can thrive together,” said Kaylin Snider.
“I chose this profession to love and serve families and patients through their most difficult times,” said Nicki Fruehling.
“I’m here to help families. I encourage them through training and resources to be confident in their abilities. This way they are successful and able to thrive in a home setting,” said Andrea Vadnais.
Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, the social work team at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital works together to support patients and their families. Devoting their lives to solving problems, the department of social services, brings help and hope to those who need it, at a time families need it the most.
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