Social services provide a variety of services for clinic, hospital, and hospice patients and care center residents, including those with palliative and Medical Home care. They work as an advocate for patients and are available to meet with patients and their families to discuss any questions or concerns they may have.
They provide discharge planning for patients in need of post-hospital services. Examples of discharge planning needs may include: home health services, meal assistance, financial assistance, home medical equipment, etc.
Swing beds, transitional and care center beds are also services available at Lakewood Health System. Social services assist in the assessment and admission of these patients. Swing beds and transitional beds are utilized for patients needing extended care services that meet appropriate insurance criteria. Care center beds can include skilled nursing care or long term care services.
A healthcare directive gives your healthcare providers and/or your designated healthcare agent(s) the guidance to make healthcare decisions according to your wishes. It only applies when you cannot make decisions or communicate your wishes. The document may include what treatment you do or do not want under specific circumstances.
Social services at Lakewood Health System can assist you in filling out a healthcare directive and assuring your healthcare provider has this information in your medical records.
Lakewood Health System uses the Honoring Choices Minnesota healthcare directive, which is an initiative of the Twin Cities Medical Society. To download a directive, click the Documents link on the left.
Contact us if you have any questions about our social services!