Social Services

Social Services
Located at UH Samaritan Medical Center
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

On-call 24/7 at 419-289-0491

For more information about Advanced Directives or Advanced Directive booklet, Click HERE.

At UH Samaritan Medical Center, we have the distinct privilege of helping people daily. For our social workers, that is especially true, as they are patient advocates, addressing needs such as homelessness, poverty, family break-up, mental illness, physical and mental disability, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence and much more. They place the needs of the patient first and foremost while helping families and loved ones navigate difficult life transitions.

Most notably, social workers at UH Samaritan assure continuity of care, facilitating discharge planning; securing home medical equipment supplies; identifying community resources; addressing in-home services; and providing information on care options such as Advanced Directives.

Click HERE to download the Care Transitions brochure.

Following is a brief description about the services UH Samaritan social workers may discuss with you and your family:

Home Healthcare is physician-ordered when a patient is homebound, meaning it takes a taxing effort for them to leave their house. In addition, the patient must require at least one of the following: skilled nursing care, occupational, speech or physical therapy. Under the physician’s direction, a nurse or other healthcare provider will visit the patient at their home to provide necessary treatment and services. It is not uncommon for joint replacement patients to need home healthcare services for 2 – 3 weeks upon discharge from the hospital.

Durable Medical Equipment is a term used to describe any medical equipment used in the home to enhance quality of life. Patients often require the assistance of durable medical equipment items, such as a walker, cane, beside commode, hospital bed or wheelchair. These items can be used in the comfort of a patient’s home.

Extended Care Facilities are designed for those needing assistance with day-to-day activities, or with medical needs. There are different kinds of extended care facilities, some that allow for long-term placement and some that are more appropriate for short-term care. Facilities for short-term care are used for patients expected to recover and return home. In most cases, these patients are not ill enough to be in the hospital, and usually need additional care such as speech or physical therapy. If you would like more information or need help finding an extended care facility that is right for you or a loved one, call us at 419-289-0491 or toll free at 1-800-257-9917, ext. 2463 or 2464.

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation is a program that is designed to help individuals gain maximum functioning, while the patient is in the hospital. Patients who have experienced a loss of ability due to stroke, fracture, amputation, trauma or other disabling condition may qualify for acute inpatient rehabilitation. Under the direction of a physician, one or more of the following rehabilitative services may be required: physical therapy; occupational therapy; recreational therapy; speech therapy; dietetic care; social work; and psychological consultation.

Outpatient Services may be ordered by a physician for treatment involving physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or nursing services. The difference between outpatient rehabilitation and inpatient rehabilitation is the patient travels from home to a rehabilitation facility to attend each session, rather than receiving services at an extended care facility or acute inpatient rehab. UH Samaritan’s social workers can help you choose the appropriate provider to meet your needs. If you would like more information on these options, please call us at 419-289-0491 or toll free at 1-800-257-9917, ext. 2463 or 2464.

Advanced Directives and other care options allow for individuals to make their wishes known about what care they would like to receive if they develop a terminal illness or life-threatening injury. In addition, individuals can designate someone they trust to make decisions regarding their medical care for them if they are unable to do so. This is called medical power of attorney. A living will is an example of an Advanced Directive. It provides legal documentation in case an individual is unable to communicate his/her wishes. For more information about Advanced Directives, Click HERE.