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Social Work Support

Healthcare social workers provide a wide range of support in dealing with emotional and practical issues related to kidney disease.

Social workers provide support and counselling for:

  • Fears and concerns related to your illness and treatment
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Loss of Independence
  • Adjustment and Stress Management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • End of Life Decisions


Social workers can offer information about resources such as:

  • Financial supports (Income Assistance, Disability Pensions)
  • Tax tips and tax credits
  • Transportation
  • Medication coverage or supplies
  • Home care assistance
  • Subsidized housing or seniors housing
  • Caregiver support
  • Recreational and social activities


Social workers provide education and advocacy for:

  • Living well with kidney disease
  • Options for treatment of kidney disease
  • Patient's rights and responsibilities
  • Guidance about future planning tools (Representation Agreements, Power of Attorney, Advance Care Plans)
  • Cultural needs or language services

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