We understand that caring for a loved one with health issues can be very stressful for family members. When family caregivers are no longer able to provide the best possible care or financially afford care for their loved one's permanent care of a nursing facility is often the next step.
At Berkshire we understand that this can be a difficult decision and we are here to help with the decision making process. Our experienced staff can offer expertise and guidance to residents and family members during this difficult decision. At Berkshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we recognize that the transition from the hospital to a rehabilitation /nursing facility can be confusing. Our Social Work staff brings a special balance of experience, devotion and compassion to their residents and family members. Every resident and their family are assigned a social worker to help during their adjustment period to offer some direction and support.
As a resident at Berkshire, your social worker is an advocate and a liaison for you and your family and will work closely with you to ensure your needs are met and help you adjust seamlessly to your new home environment. For short-term rehabilitation patients, a social worker will coordinate discharge planning shortly after admission to Berkshire. Rehabilitation programs at Berkshire are focused on expanding personal independence and returning patients home as quickly and safely as possible.
Social Workers provide each patient with a complete discharge plan and assist in arranging any at home support services that may be required. Our main goal in discharge planning is to ensure that each resident returns to a secure and supportive home environment, preferably a home with a support team in place. Once a resident has attained the goals established by the Physical Therapy Department and receives medical clearance from our Medical Director to be discharged from Berkshire, the assigned social worker will set a discharge date with the resident and a designated representative.