If you're missing a lot of work or school, your social worker can work with you to find solutions to get back on track. If you’re having trouble coping with your illness - with the "new normal" - your social worker will make sure you understand that your reaction is common - that you're not alone – and he or she can get you the help you need.
One of the most important services a home social worker provides is educating and giving emotional support to caregivers who often find their new roles stressful and overwhelming. Amedisys social workers are trained to listen to caregivers. They encourage caregivers to take care of themselves and to avoid isolation by talking to people in similar situations in a support group or by seeking support from family and friends. They can tell them about training and classes that are available to help them learn new skills and to find out more about the disease they’re dealing with.
Knowledge and compassion. That’s what the home social worker brings to the table.
"Being thrust into the role of caregiver was both daunting and frightening. I would not have been able to make it through that period of time without Amedisys."
- BHM, Kentucky
"My husband is 91 years old and has been independent his entire life. Having to have care has not been easy for him. The people from Amedisys treated him with dignity and respect but even more importantly, humor. They discussed his interests (fishing and his great-grandchildren) and often cajoled him out of bad humor and despair."
- Linda, Georgia