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We recognize that living with a heart transplant affects your lifestyle in many ways. Our social workers offer support for patients and their family members by providing guidance, counseling and help identifying resources. Some of the issues you may want to discuss or need assistance with include:
Coping with the impact of living with a chronic illness
Approaching decisions around care
Identification of caregivers and the development of a solid network of support
Planning for the care of dependents
Exploring housing options close to the hospital and clinics
Planning for transportation to clinic visits
Challenges paying for prescriptions and/or medical bills
Returning to work or school
Quality of life issues
Relationship and family issues
Identification of community support services and resources
Following VAD implantation or heart transplantation, your social worker will continue to be available to meet with you during your clinic visits, whenever you are hospitalized, or by appointment. He or she will assist you in developing a long-term strategy to help you adjust to living with your new heart or VAD.