Attending to one’s health care needs in the face of everyday life stressors can be difficult. It has been documented that these challenges can best be addressed through an interdisciplinary healthcare team that provides comprehensive patient care. The inclusion of social workers in the interprofessional team provides patients, families and those caring for them an outlet for their concerns improving quality of life, decreasing stress and allowing for more physician appointment time to be dedicated to medical needs.
Rush Health and Aging (RHA) provides social work services to adults through the Resource Centers as well as several Rush physician practices. RHA social workers have the expertise to address non-medical and mental health needs using a culturally competent and patient-centered approach. RHA Social Work Services include:
Social work assessment and care planning
- Assessment of social, emotional, financial and other factors that impact overall well-being
- Identification of resource needs
- Connection to community service supports to address identified needs
- Self-advocacy education and support in navigating community and health services
Counseling and psychotherapy
- Specialized assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns for older adults
- Screening for mental health concerns and connection to Rush or community-based treatment providers
Support and education groups
- RHA is a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) site, offering education and advocacy to Medicare beneficiaries.
Interdisciplinary team consultation for Rush clinicians
- Consultation with full or partial interdisciplinary team regarding patients with complex needs
- Staff development seminars on social determinants of health, cultural competency, and patient self-management.
Rush Health and Aging currently provides integrated social work services to the patients of the following Rush practices:
- Rush’s multipractice patient-centered medical home (PCMH)
- Associates in Internal Medicine
- Lifetime Medical Associates
- Rush University Family Physicians
- Rush University Physicians at Lincoln Park
- Multiple Sclerosis Center
- Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Center (including the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence)
- Stroke Program at Rush
- University Neurologists
To schedule a consultation with a Health and Aging social worker, call (800) 757-0202.
To Physicians: Successful identification and treatment of social determinants of health helps to improve clinical outcomes, patient and caregiver satisfaction, and clinic attendance. To arrange a meeting to discuss how RHA social work services can benefit your practice and patients, please contact Kate Krajci, LCSW, at (312) 563-2703.