Social Work - VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois
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VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois

 

Social Work

About the Program

Social Work at VA Illiana Health Care System is an integral part of health care. We help veterans and their families with problems associated with the stress of an illness. Social Work Service’s (SWS) primary function is to eliminate psychosocial complications as significant barriers to healthcare interventions for patients and families. Staff are trained to assess and treat the patient’s psychosocial condition which encompasses social, psychological, family, economic and environmental problems the patient may be experiencing in relation to their hospitalization, illness or disability. Unresolved, these problems create barriers to treatment, hinder patients’ recovery and further increase health care costs through increased length of stay and episodes of care.

Social workers help veterans find resources to meet their needs within the VA system and in their community such as:

  • Home health services
  • Legal services
  • Transportation
  • Ccommunity living

Services Offered

Social work offers counseling:

  • To veterans with drug, alcohol, and emotional problems
  • To help veterans and their families understand and adjust to an illness or disability
  • To veterans and family members who want to prepare advance directives and durable powers of attorney for health care or finances
  • To help veterans and their families cope with terminal illness
  • To family members about legal issues such as commitment and guardianship

Treatment modalities include:

  • High risk screening
  • Crisis intervention
  • Pre-admission planning
  • Psychosocial assessment
  • Individual/family and group counseling
  • Information and referral
  • Family and interdisciplinary team conferences
  • Case management
  • Patient education
  • Advance directives
  • Financial counseling
  • Discharge planning
  • Post discharge follow-up
  • Community visits
  • Caregiver support
  • Aftercare services

Counseling is conducted through:

  • One-on-one discussions
  • Family conferences
  • Group classes

Staff provide inpatient services on Medicine, Mental Health and Geriatrics & Extended Care and outpatient services in CBOCs, ambulatory care, outpatient specialty programs and community support programs. The service coordinates the following programs: OEF/OIF, Suicide Prevention, Facility Recovery Program, Residential Care Home, Contract Nursing Home, Contract Adult Day Health Care, Homemaker/Home Health Aide, Homeless Contract Program at the Danville Rescue Mission, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV, G&PD, HUD-VASH), Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (CWT, IT, CWT/TR), Lodger Program on 98-5, PCT, Ex-POW, VIST/SCI&D, Lifeline and Hospitality House.

Social Work Service hours are 7am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. A social worker is available daily to provide in-house coverage on weekends. Off tour coverage is available 24 hours daily by a supervisory call back system. The service coordinates coverage during illness and vacations to ensure continuity of care in all service areas.

Contact Info

Location

  • VAIHCS
    1900 E. Main Street
    Danville, Il 61832

Contact Number(s)

  • 217-554-3000

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 7:00am-4:30p.m.