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Patient Support
What Your Social Worker Can Do For You

The social worker is a member of your healthcare team who can help you adjust and manage your new life with kidney disease. Your social worker will discuss a number of topics such as treatment options, family adjustment issues and insurance concerns, how you can continue working, how to re-enter the workforce or receive job training. Social workers are trained to address any emotional issues that can get in the way of you successfully adjusting to chronic illness and dialysis.

“A social worker is an integral member of the medical team and is available to each patient to provide services and guidance during their renal treatments.” Barbara Desiderio, LCSW, BCD, MADS,r, The Rogosin Institute
“Social workers are caring and compassionate care team members who use their knowledge and expertise to enrich the lives of individuals and families that we serve.” Mozelle Lafleur, LMSW, The Rogosin Institute

Your social worker can help you with:

  • Pre-dialysis education and assessment.
  • Patient and family education.
  • Coordination with the healthcare team for the patient’s plan of care.
  • Adjusting to your chronic illness and treatment to maintain your quality of life.
  • Social and emotional support, and sexual and relationship issues.
  • Educational, vocational, and managing the challenges of daily living.
  • Counseling and meetings with patients and families, including establishing and meeting personal goals and discharge planning.
  • Establishing good communications with your healthcare team.
  • Provide information and resources, for issues such as:
    • pre-transplant evaluation and listing
    • transportation
    • housing
    • finances
    • food assistance
    • health proxies and advance directives
  • Advocating for you in the dialysis center, including conflict resolution, and interactions with local, state and federal agencies and programs.
  • Helping you with resolving any issues if you are dissatisfied with your care.

Resources

Below is a list of many comprehensive resources to assist you during your kidney journey. Remember to work with your Social Worker to review these and receive guidance, as well as answers to your questions, whenever you need it.

Rogosin Support Groups

Kidney Disease Support Group

For Pre-Transplant, Pre-Dialysis, Dialysis, & Transplant Patients and Families, Caregivers, Care Partners, & Significant Others

2022 Friday Sessions / 12:30 – 2:00pm
On a computer, tablet or smartphone, click on the Zoom Meeting Link
or call in on your phone: +1-212-225-8997
Meeting ID# 98566011138 passcode 739177

The next Virtual Meeting will be on:


October 21, 2021

For more information, please contact:
Barbara Desiderio, LCSW
Phone: 212-746-1569/1578

PKD Foundation Meetup

For PKD Patients and Families, Caregivers, Care Partners, & Significant Others

2022 Thursday Sessions / 6:30 – 8:00pm
Download the 2022 Meetup schedule here.
Register for monthly meeting here.

The next Virtual Meeting will be on:

October 27, 2021

Food Assistance

Medication Assistance

Transportation Assistance

Going Back to Work

New York City Social Services

Medicare and Medicaid

Financial Assistance

Health and Wellness Assistance

Legal Assistance

Domestic Violence Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Social Worker FAQs
  1. Why do I need a social worker? As a dialysis patient you are provided with a social worker, who is a part of your healthcare team, and will help you navigate through emotional, financial, career, lifestyle adjustments and more.

  2. What can my social worker do for me? Your social worker will provide education, appropriate resources, and referrals necessary for your adjustment to dialysis.

  3. How can my social worker guide me in preparing financially? Your social worker can provide you with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Disability and insurance counseling, as well any employment concerns.

  4. Is transportation available to take me to and from medical appointments and dialysis? Your social worker can determine what programs you may be eligible for.

  5. What are my treatment options? Your social worker is available to guide you to other treatment options and refer you to other team members that specialize in those options you may be eligible for.

  6. Will I still be able to work while I’m on dialysis? Dialysis (in-center and home dialysis) involves a variety of shifts and schedules that may accommodate your employment. A social worker can review this with you.

  7. I am having difficulty adjusting, can my social worker help me with that? Absolutely! Your social worker can provide individual and family counseling, as well as outside referrals.

  8. Are there resources to help my family adjust? Yes, your social worker specializes in resources and referrals regarding these issues, such as home care services, child care, legal assistance, community services, support groups, respite care (for example, short-term relief for primary caregivers) and many more.

  9. Can my social worker provide me with information about kidney transplantation? The social worker is required to provide patients with information for all transplant options, including explaining wait listing, living vs. cadaver donation, and paired donation (kidney donor chains).

Schedule a virtual visit with a Wellness Ambassador here.

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