How does our referral process work? To make a referral, someone must first identify a person with a need for our services. A person can be self-identified, or can be identified by a family member, facility staff, or physician.
The following things are important to consider when making a referral.
1) Is your family member acting differently than he or she used to? Do they:
|Express sadness or hopelessness?|
|Not participate in activities they formerly enjoyed?|
|Have a significant increase or decrease in appetite or weight?|
|Have a significant increase or decrease in hours of sleep?|
|Seem anxious, agitated, nervous, or worried?|
|Make critical, negative statements?|
|Report that they would be "better off dead"?|
|Have less energy than usual?|
If two or more of these symptoms describe your family member, then they may be appropriate for a referral.
2) Have staff reported that your family member is having the following behaviors?
|Physical or verbal aggression|
|Makes delusional statements|
|Excessive energy and is verbose|
|Significantly declined in his/her ability to care for him/herself|
|More than anticipated difficulty adjusting to new surroundings|
Any of these behaviors are appropriate for a referral for SLC to provide services.
After a referral has been identified, contact the facility social worker or director of nursing to initiate the paperwork needed for our office to see your family member. You may be asked to sign a consent form allowing us to see your family member during this process. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
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