The social work service at Lyndhurst provides you with adjustment counseling and future planning. Social workers help you and your family cope emotionally with the effects of spinal cord injury. They also assist with future planning by helping you find community resources. Social workers work closely with you, your family and your care team. They help you make sure the proper supports are in place once you are back in the community. They will provide information about services and help you apply for them. Social workers are available to inpatients and outpatients. Inpatient offices are located on the 2 nd floor. The outpatient office is located in the outpatient area on the 1 st floor.
At your first meeting with your social worker, you will be asked about the following:
- Your life before Lyndhurst.
- People in your life who will support you.
- How you are coping.
- Practical needs such as finances and housing.
- Individual, couple, and family counselling.
- Resource counselling and education.
- Discharge and future planning.
- Working with your community service providers.
- Working with your care team.
Examples of the type of counselling social workers provide include:
- Help you understand and deal with a wide range of feelings. These include loss, anger, sadness, low self-confidence, etc.
- Discuss how you are adjusting to living with a disability.
- Guidance about the future and your discharge to the community.
- Help you explore different ways of solving problems.
- Help you deal with changes in relationships with friends and family members.
- Discuss concerns related to sexual health.
- Provide referrals to resources and supports needed in the community.
The social worker may refer you to a Community Support Worker (CSW). The CSW’s can help connect you with various resources in the community. These resources include finances, housing, and other supports (e.g. food banks, shelters, etc.).