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Social Work Services

Rush Health and Aging provides social work services to adults through the Resource Centers as well as several Rush physician practices. Rush Health and Aging social workers have the expertise to address non-medical and mental health needs using a culturally competent and patient-centered approach. Social Work services include the following:

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

  • Friends and Family of People with Memory Loss is a monthly Alzheimer’s Association-affiliated support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based six-week class for caregivers of an older adult or person with a chronic condition to learn stress management and self care strategies.

Benefit education

  • Rush Health and Aging 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
  • Associates in Internal Medicine
  • Lifetime Medical Associates
  • Rush University Family Physicians
  • Rush University Physicians at Lincoln Park

Specialty care:

To schedule a consultation with a Health and Aging social worker, call (800) 757-0202.