Social Work Goals and the Needs of Clients
Having to endorse an appeal for a client for independent housing is something a social worker will no doubt come across when working with clients throughout their careers. Social work goals differ from client to client.
Various types of housing for people who have mental illness can be explored between client and social worker and when applicable assist them in applying for one or more levels of housing. It’s important for the social worker to be familiar with what housing resources are available in their area of service. An example of types of supportive housing can be found on the Nami website.
The Need to Gauge Client’s Current Level of Independence
In working with a client who wants to live independently it is important to look at their activities of daily living to gauge what their current level of functioning is.
Often times if they are currently living in a residential setting with staff monitoring them on a daily basis, it is easy to access what the client is capable of doing based on the reports completed by the residential staff.
Living Independently After the Hospital
If the client is coming from a hospital setting than a social worker would want to contact the nursing staff of the unit as well as the hospital social worker and case manager to inquire about level of functionality.
Living Independently After Living with Family
If the client is coming from living with family than getting feedback from the family members of how the client lived on a daily basis can serve as a baseline.
Social Work Goals Should be to Help Clients Living Independently
When appealing for a client that to live in an independent setting, it is always important to empower a client and encourage them to work hard at being independent.
In addition, we as social workers also need to guide the client and ensure that we do not set them up for failure. Going over with a client the various types of supportive housing and what services are offered at each level can help ease their minds and decrease anxiety when going through the process of finding a place to live.
Once they see what options are offered writing down a plan of action with them and preparing the client for what they will be going through will help them with their transition.
As always it’s important to consider that we should be available to support the client whether they fail or are successful and make sure that consequential thinking is utilized by the client to aid them in their journey towards self-sufficiency.