Taking Care of Worries While You are in Treatment

Often, you and your family may have problems not related to your illness that can affect your speedy recovery and discharge. You may have concerns about food, shelter, clothing, paying for utilities, or paying for medicines. You may worry about other people who depend on you like your children or elderly parents. You may have experienced domestic violence and are concerned about your safety in and out of the hospital.

We are able to help in these situations. Please tell your nurse that you have concerns so we can arrange for a Social Worker to meet with you. The social services department will make every effort to connect you with the right resources in the community to help with your problem.

You or your family may want to use other resources we have to take care of non-medical needs:

  • Patient Resource Center - Located on the first floor of the Weinberg Building, the Center offers books, videos, magazines, and internet access to learn more about a variety of health topics. Business services are also available. The Patient Resource Center number is 410-328-WELL (9355).

  • Caringbridge® is provided as a free service to our patients and families for easier communication during a health crisis, treatment, and recovery. With CaringBridge, you can create a website for yourself or do it for someone you love. Log onto www.caringbridge.org or come to the Patient Resource Center for help.

  • Chaplains are available to support your spiritual needs. A Chapel is also located on the first floor of the Weinberg Building for you and your family to use. Chaplains can be reached at 410-328-6014, or ask a member of you health care team to contact them.

  • Palliative Care Team offers care and treatment centered on you and your family if you are suffering from a progressive or incurable disease. They can provide expert assistance in finding the best way to manage pain, counsel you about community resources, and provide patient and family education. You may ask your doctor or nurse to refer you to the Palliative Care Team or call them directly at 410-328-6700.

  • Case managers may be part of your care team to help you get the most appropriate placement for you if you need specialty care after your discharge. They can also arrange for special equipment if you need it at home.

You may also be interested in joining one of our support groups. You may call them directly:

  • Heart and Lung Transplant Group: 410-328-6508

  • Transplant Education (Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant): 410-328-1562

  • Jacques Initiative HIV Support Group: 410-706-0150

  • Bone Marrow Transplant Group: 410-328-7521

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Support Group: 410-328-3595

  • Brain Injury Support Group: 410-448-6988

  • Caregiver Support Group: 410-337-1479

  • Stroke Club: 410-448-6320

This page was last updated: June 4, 2013

         
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