Social Services

The goal of the social services department at CMCI is to facilitate help for those who need assistance.  The department is involved primarily in the areas of discharge planning, resource identification and access, and Advance Directives.  The social workers are available to you or your health care team for any emotional support or problem you may be having as a result of your medical problem(s).   

Discharge Planning:

Beginning on admission, the discharge planning process facilitates the patient’s smooth transition from one health care setting to another, or to home.  It involves physicians, nurses, social workers, and other professionals whose goal is to enhance the patient’s continuity of care.  The health care professionals involved in your care will be speaking with you with the goal of identifying areas that, if anticipated and planned for, allow you to more effectively transition through the care process.  The process involves identifying resources and providing assistance to you in the areas that present challenges to your successful transition or recovery. This could include help in any of the following areas:

  • Medicare/Medicaid application process
  • Medical equipment or Oxygen therapy
  • Home Health
  • Life Line
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health
  • Medication Assistance Programs

Please ask to speak with us, we have helped many people deal with their problems more effectively, reduced their stress levels, and improved their quality of life. 

Advanced Directives:

Advanced Directives consist of several documents which individuals use to communicate their wishes and/or name substitute decision-makers (proxy).  They include the following documents: Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and Do Not Resuscitate orders.

Living Will- communicates to your doctor and family how you would like to be cared for and allows you to accept or refuse care designed to sustain your life.  This includes care such as: breathing machines (ventilator), CPR, feeding tubes, and other “heroic” measures. 

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care- allows you to name a decision-maker (proxy) for your health care decisions only if you are unable to make them for yourself. 

Do Not Resuscitate- allows you to refuse to receive CPR and other forms of advanced life support including the use of a breathing machine (ventilator) if you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. 

All of these documents can be canceled, suspended, or changed whenever you decide that action is necessary. 

Resource Guide:

We have assembled the Thomas County Area Health Services Directory to assist you in identifying programs in the community that can serve as sources of information, resources, or assistance. 

 

Please contact us for any help you may need.  You may use the phone number below or complete and submit the form below.

Contact Us:
Social Services
Citizens Medical Center, Inc.
100 E. College Drive
Colby, KS 67701
(785) 460-4858