I am a float, so that means I cover for both nurses and social workers on our CM team. Here's a question - what exactly is an inpt case manager supposed to do when you get a call from a family member telling you your patient, who is an adult and lives alone, has plumbing problems and shouldn't live alone right now? Keep in mind this family member lives in another state, and her suggestion is we put him in rehab so he isn't living alone. Seems to me that would be fine in some cases, but for an oncology patient on chemo, I don't think a rehab referral is appropriate.
What is our responsibility here? Does it sound callous to suggest family members need to step up and do something themselves about this? Or is SAR an appropriate place to send someone who is tired secondary to chemo?