Long Term Care Planning

Social workers in home health care know that an illness, disability, or injury that results in long term care presents tremendous challenges to both patient and family. Besides the loss of physical functioning and reduced ability to perform everyday tasks, you or your loved one may experience social isolation, economic and financial pressures, or feelings of depression.

At VNSNY, our social workers know the course these conditions typically take, as well as their prognoses and the therapeutic interventions that may be necessary.

When you or a loved one requires long term care, a social worker can help to:

  • Establish care plans that continue when home health care is no longer necessary or available.
  • Assist you and your family to adapt to and plan for changing needs and conditions within the home, including maintaining a safe environment and meeting personal needs.
  • Provide recommendations that help you or your loved one remain safely at home and avoid institutional care.
  • Assist with resources and advice when placement in a nursing home is imminent.
  • Discuss and plan advance directives, including health care proxies, living wills, and powers of attorney.

Whether you need help getting your landlord to make repairs or modifications to your home or simply need someone to talk to as you evaluate the options available, a VNSNY social worker can be your ally in planning for long term care.


For more information about VNSNY’s social work services, including longterm care planning, please call us at 1-800-675-0391.