Many people think of getting social work services when they want to adopt a child or apply for social security. But older adults can also depend on exceptional support from social workers who specialize in geriatrics and mental health. The multi-disciplinary team at Waltham Clinic in San Diego, California, offers holistic care that addresses all the physical, mental, and emotional challenges faced by older adults in assisted-living facilities in California.
Social work refers to a broad range of services provided by professionals trained to enhance people’s well-being and support the community’s complex needs.
Social workers can specialize in specific areas. A few of the specialties include school counseling, substance abuse disorders, disaster relief, mental health, and geriatrics.
Clinical social workers receive extensive training in counseling techniques to help people with psychiatric, interpersonal, family, and work-related problems. In this context, social workers receive a professional license and serve as therapists.
Waltham Clinic is proud to offer the full spectrum of care for older adults, which includes supporting all aspects of their mental and emotional health. To that end, their in-house staff includes a geriatric psychiatrist and social workers.
Social workers can help older adults in more ways than you might imagine. You may use social work services to:
Your social worker can also introduce you to new technology such as telemedicine and remote monitoring. These technologies allow you to connect with your team at Waltham Clinic without traveling to the medical office.
Your social worker collaborates with the rest of your team at Waltham Clinic, including your geriatric psychiatrist and primary care providers. They work together to provide the holistic and comprehensive care you need.
Your health and well-being can’t be complete without also paying attention to your mental health and emotions. After talking with you, performing a psych evaluation, and determining a diagnosis, your social worker recommends a treatment plan.
They frequently provide therapy for depression, anxiety, dementia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may also need behavioral health intervention when health conditions or medications cause delusions or challenges like anger and aggression.
You can also depend on your social worker to help you and your loved ones work through tough issues such as end-of-life planning.
No matter what issues you face, the social workers at Waltham Clinic can help. To learn more, contact Waltham Clinic today.