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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.
Your social worker can help you with:
Below is a list of many comprehensive resources to assist you during your kidney journey. Simply click on the paragraph that describes the services available.
Remember to work with your Social Worker to review these resources to receive guidance, and 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
2023 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:
December 15, 2023
Download the schedule for 2023 here.
For more information, please contact:
Barbara Desiderio, LCSW
PKD Foundation Meetup
For PKD Patients and Families, Caregivers, Care Partners, & Significant Others
2023 Wednesday Sessions / 6:30 – 8:00pm
Register for monthly meeting here.
The next Virtual Meeting will be on:
November 29, 2023
MTA offers two useful services for transportation assistance.
Access-A-Ride Paratransit Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 877-337-2017 toll-free from area codes in the NY metro area and adjacent counties. From other area codes, call 718-393-4999.
Going Back to Work
Social Security offers two useful services to help you go back to work
The Social Security Red Book is a general reference for the employment-related benefits available through the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs.
NYC Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services offers help for Affordable Housing and Rental Assistance.
Affordable Housing Resources are available to support individuals and families in need of affordable housing or homelessness prevention, and more.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers rental help for subsidized and public housing.
Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare provides federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, also called ESRD). Learn about these specific benefits on this page.
Medicaid provides health coverage to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities.
Health and Wellness Assistance
The Legal Aid Society (Call 212-577-3300) provides legal assistance for a broad range of issues including:
Domestic Violence Support
NYC HRA provides a 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE
Domestic violence and abuse is defined as:
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.
What can my social worker do for me? Your social worker will provide education, appropriate resources, and referrals necessary for your adjustment to dialysis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).