Many families experience stress when a member has a chronic illness. This stress is usually multifactorial and caused by dynamics such as concern for the health of their loved one, financial issues, worry, or not having enough time in the day to get everything done.
The CF Center social worker is available to assist families in managing this stress by partnering with them to find solutions. The social worker is present at clinic visits, during hospital stays, and weekdays by phone to provide resource information, emotional support, answer questions about life issues, and make appropriate referrals.
The social worker helps in the transition process from dependence on caregivers to independence in CF care, goal-setting, and education and/or career planning. The social worker also works with the team to transition those patients moving from the pediatric care team to the adult care team as they grow from teens to young adults.
The social worker performs routine psycho-social assessments in order to assist the team in providing comprehensive care to those who have been affected by CF.