Social workers can help patients and families deal with the challenges they face in many areas of their lives. Social workers can provide counselling and are experienced in helping patients find their way through complicated health systems. Social workers can help clients make informed decisions that are based on an individual’s values and wishes.
You don’t need a referral from a doctor; you can book an appointment yourself by calling the Albert County Community Health Centre (882-3100).
Social Work Services
Adjustment to illness/disability: Adjusting to a new diagnosis can be difficult. Social workers offer counselling to support you through feelings of loss and changes to your family due to illness. They help link clients to other community services such as home care, disability support programs, etc.
Palliative Care: Social workers can support you while you make decisions about end-of-life care. They can facilitate discussions about last wishes, funeral arrangements, and seeking legal counsel regarding wills and powers of attorney.
Caregiver Burnout: As a caregiver, you may experience grief, increased responsibility, and changes in your roles in the home and other relationships. Social workers can offer support by helping you recognize your strengths and plan for self-care to prevent burnout. Social workers can also provide information about coping strategies and links to appropriate community partners.
Mental Health and Addictions: Social workers can provide counselling for mental health and addiction concerns, such as anxiety, depression, anger management, setting healthy boundaries, self-esteem, stress management, as well as support in reducing alcohol or drug use. They also make referrals to the Addictions and Mental Health Clinic when appropriate.
Domestic Violence/Abuse: Social workers provide you with information about safety planning, options and supports available in the community. Social workers also help with referrals for legal, housing and financial issues if needed.
Social Isolation: Social workers help you explore ways to strengthen your current support system and address barriers you face in terms of community involvement, such as lack of transportation, limited mobility, health issues, financial struggles, etc.
Resource Issues: Social workers can connect you to services that could help your current situation; the services may include government services, community groups or non-profit organizations. They can make referrals to these agencies or help you with applications.
Parenting: Social workers can provide positive parenting strategies and can link you with services that support families. Social workers can also provide counseling or consultation regarding challenges you may be facing.
The Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation raises funds to support the services provided by the Albert County Community Health Centre including equipment and staff education. www.bachfoundation.com