Our clinical social workers play a major role in your care while you and your family are in this challenging situation.
You’ll be glad to know that the Adult BMT program at University of Minnesota Medical Center has exceptional, experienced social workers who:
- work exclusively with BMT patients and their families.
- have completed a Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate school program.
- are Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers who have special expertise in the field of blood and marrow transplantation
- work closely with other members of the treatment team throughout the entire treatment process.
During your first visit to the BMT clinic, you will meet with your social worker. This social worker will be available to help you and your family throughout the BMT process. The social worker can help you prepare for and cope with the emotional and practical aspects of BMT.
Your social worker will also contact you before you come to the hospital for the pre-transplant work-up evaluation. The social worker will talk to you about practical issues, such as transportation, resources and housing. During your pre-transplant work-up, your social worker will be there to further discuss your needs and to help your family prepare for the transplant. The social worker will also discuss the emotional impact of having a blood or marrow transplant.
While you are receiving care in the hospital and clinic, your social worker will be available to provide counseling. She or he can help you with specific concerns or problems.
Your BMT social worker is available to:
- provide you, or spouse and family with counseling if any of you have emotional concerns
- teach relaxation and coping skills
- promote skills for coping with illness and treatment
- help with problem solving, advocacy, and communication about your care plan
- creatively respond to patient/family needs throughout the BMT treatment experience
Our social workers lead educational and support groups that can provide you, your caregiver and family members with information and support. Support groups offer patients and families the chance to share their experiences with one another.
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program's social workers can also help you cope with issues such as:
- separation from family, friends and home
- illness and disability
- physical, social, emotional and financial changes caused by illness
- day-to-day problems resulting from stress
- change and adjustment issues of children and family members
Individual and family counseling and support groups are provided throughout your stay in Minneapolis. Our social work department can also help with:
- coordinating interpreter services
- finding temporary housing in the Twin Cities
- transportation assistance information