Social Services

Connecting You with Community Services

West Suburban Medical Center’s Social Work team helps patients and families cope with changes in emotional, physical, and environmental life areas that occur as a result of health concerns. They help resolve issues related to stress, conflicts, chemical addiction, family support, as well as other stress-causing situations.

Our team members act as liaisons between our patients and their doctors. They also help connect patients and families to community services that can assist in maintaining health and wellness at home. Services offered through the West Suburban Social Work Department include:

  • Continuity of care planning: We work with you, your family members, doctor and other members of the health care team to develop a suitable discharge plan.
  • Rehabilitation: A social worker is part of the rehabilitation team to help guide you and your family members through the rehabilitation process. If additional rehabilitation services are required, a social worker can help refer you to an appropriate rehab facility and assist the transfer after discharge.
  • Counseling: A social worker helps evaluate your emotional condition and informs the doctor of situations that may affect treatment. Short-term counseling is available for family problems, substance abuse and child concerns. If further counseling is needed, our social workers can make referrals to community agencies.
  • Long-term care: If you or a loved one can no longer be cared for at home, a social worker can provide information about nursing homes, including quality of care, locations and financial resources.

For more information about social services at West Suburban Medical Center, call (708) 763-1482.