Social Workers and Care Planning
Every unit has assigned social workers. Often, social workers are the first line of resource or assistance for a variety of resident's problems, needs, or concerns of a personal, social, or emotional nature. Social workers are directly involved in the preadmission and admission processes. They will provide direct assistance and information about many matters if you choose to select the Iowa Veterans Home as your new place of residence. Social workers can help you maintain connections with your families and friends; they can be useful advocates as you try to get familiar with the system; or, they can simply be a friendly and helpful resource in dealing with daily living, coping, or problem-solving issues.
Social workers will help with Advance Directives if you become unable to make decisions for yourself, and your wishes will can carried out. Social workers will help you understand Residents' Rights so that you will remain in control of decisions that affect your life.
Social workers will discuss the care planning process with you and your family and will assist you in the fullest participation in your own care plan. It is their goal to help make the Home as user friendly and as close to home as possible for IVH residents. Social workers at IVH are here to serve you, advocate for you, and help you have the highest quality of life you desire and deserve.