Medical Social Services

Medical Social Workers can help people cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and assist the client with finding resolutions to personal and family problems. Social workers help clients who face disabilities or life-threatening diseases find appropriate community resources. Social workers can assist with social problems, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse. Social workers may run support groups for the children of aging parents; advise elderly people or family members about housing, transportation, long-term care, and other services; and coordinate and monitor these services. Through employee assistance programs, social workers may help people cope with job-related pressures or with personal problems that affect the quality of their work.