A home health care social worker specializes in helping elderly or sick and injured persons who are home-bound to cope with personal issues or problems related to their illness or injury. The home health care social worker usually performs duties for a registry or a nursing agency. This social worker provides tools and methods for persons dealing with such issues.
The home health care social worker advises caregivers for the patient in home, plans the patient's discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility and arrange services to be performed at home. This could mean setting up meal delivery or physical therapy, for example. He or she may arrange support groups for families of ill and injured ones. The worker may also set up housing, transportation or long-term health care services.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the home health care social worker holds a bachelor's degree in social work with coursework in psychology and sociology.
BLS states social workers held about 642,000 positions, with 54 percent of these position being in the health care and social assistance industry. Social workers have offices in suburban areas, with a few covering rural areas. The exact number of social workers in health care and social assistance industry amounted to 138,700 in 2008.
The home health care social worker has skills and ability in organizing, problem-solving, counseling and mental health issues. He or she works well with elderly and terminal ill patients.
Salary and Occupational Outlook
As of May 2008, health care social workers expect to earn an average annual salary of $46,650 with a salary range of $35,550 to $57,690. Those working in home health care services earn about $46,930 on average. Occupational outlook is expected to increase 16 percent by the year 2018. Increase in occupation is because of the growing elderly population in the Baby Boom generation.
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