Nursing home social workers work assist elderly or disabled people living in group home facilities. They take care a wide range of responsibilities, from assessing patients for admission to counseling and therapy, down to performing administrative tasks.
Working in this position, you will evaluate the life situation of patients looking to get admitted to the facility, collecting information about their medical history and family background to determine if you are able to provide the help they need. You will contribute to creating treatment plans and provide counseling for groups as well as one-on-one therapy sessions, to combat social isolation or depression the patients might go through.
A degree and experience in social work are most likely required if you want to work as a nursing home social worker. Empathy and patience are key personal skills you will need to have, as well as a love for people and a passion for making a difference in others' lives. Your monetary rewards for filling this role will be around $20.45 per hour, summing up to $42,544 a year on average.