Every day patients are transitioning back home from hospitals. Often, they are not able to do all that they once were able to do. This not only is distressing for the patient but also for the family. Medical social workers who provide home health services get an insider’s view of what life is like for the patient and their family. This allows them to be more effective and accessible.
Many patients have barriers to the treatment they are needing. Such as transportation to appointments, timely appointments, meetings with the whole care team, and family meetings. The use of technology has allowed patients to overcome these barriers
Iris Turtz, LMSW, has over 28 years of experience as a licensed social worker. For several years she has assisted people with disabilities, has worked as a medical social worker, and worked in home health services. In this interview, Iris shares how serving clients directly in their home environments and using technology has greatly benefited her clients.