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Picture: A mother with her child is advised by a social worker from the children's hospital in Schömberg.

Clinic social work

    Information on social law and care options

    Questions about the social and legal situation often arise in the course of the hospital stay.

    Whenever you have the impression that you are not correctly or sufficiently informed, we will support you with all questions in this context about the legal and benefit situation. For example, when it comes to which social benefits you are entitled to or what has to be done to get them. This includes information on health and long-term care insurance benefits, the law on severely disabled persons and participation, child and youth welfare, as well as information on the providers of such benefits close to your home.

    In a comprehensive social anamnesis and counselling, all essential factors for living with a child with disabilities are discussed together with the legal guardians and the necessary information is provided.

    The most important counselling contents are

    • Disability law and compensation for disadvantages
    • Long-term care insurance and correct classification into a care level
    • Vocational integration, training opportunities for patients
    • Child and youth welfare law
    • Special housing needs and barrier-free conversion of dwellings
    • Home and boarding school accommodation
    • handicapped accessible vehicles
    • Advice on guardianship law
    • If necessary, referral to legal advice centres.


    We arrange contacts with service providers

    Another focus is the active search for appropriate institutions that can help you and your child after discharge from hospital, as well as establishing initial contact with them.

    Mostly, these are outpatient care services, family relief services of the responsible youth welfare office or social welfare office, if this is desired. Networking between these institutions is often particularly important. In addition, contact to other outpatient service centres and counselling centres can be arranged if desired.

    If the continuation of treatment in a rehabilitation clinic with, for example, a stronger focus on school reintegration or vocational preparation measures becomes medically necessary, we also take over the coordination here.


    Help with necessary applications during the stay

    The clinic social work of the Children's Hospital Schömberg also offers support in organising the actual stay at the clinic.

    Long hospital stays are a special situation for the patient's entire family. They change the usual daily routine, the families have to adjust to a lot of new things and reorganize others. We support you right from the start and relieve you of the stressful paperwork wherever possible. For example, we will apply for financial assistance for you to reduce the special burdens associated with your stay in hospital. This includes

    • Travel costs to the clinic
    • Loss of earnings for the accompanying person
    • Costs for a holiday flat during the stay in hospital

    If necessary, we also arrange the organisation of domestic help to look after the siblings. In addition, we assist with all necessary applications and issue the necessary certificates.

    Planning for discharge and preparing for the time afterwards

    In the case of longer stays in hospital, targeted preparation for life at home contributes significantly to the success of treatment.

    If a permanent disability becomes apparent after serious accidents or life-threatening illnesses, the requirements for coping with everyday life in the family sometimes change fundamentally. If necessary, we invite involved agencies that are needed on site at home to a joint discussion in the clinic. Together with the parents and the specialists from the clinic, we look for suitable and unbureaucratic solutions.

    Therefore, discharge planning starts early and includes:

    • Organisation of an outpatient care service
    • Organisation of educational or vocational integration
    • Organisation of family support measures
    • Selection and contacting of suitable nursing homes
    • Application for the severely disabled person's card
    • Application for legal guardianship
    • Applying for a care classification
    • Selecting and contacting local cooperation partners such as counselling centres, authorities, social services
    • Arranging contacts to representatives of people with disabilities, self-help organisations, etc.


    Further Information


    Marion Pliske
    Social worker

    Phone: 07084 928 156
    Telefax: 07084 928 28 156