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Shmuel Harofeh Hospital Affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
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The Social Services

Manageress Ms.hereta van-sindran


  Reception Hours:

Contact Details


Telephone 08-9258708


Fax 08-9258711

 The female team of social workers is part of the multi-professional team in each of the departments.


There are in the hospital: Two geriatric wards, one internal geriatric ward, two rehabilitation wards, three complex nursing-care wards and a national lung and tuberculosis department.


The social service has assigned to itself a target of providing a comprehensive and available service to the patient and his family that provides support, advice, guidance and practical help for the purpose of coping with the hospitalization and its ramifications.

Function of the Social Service


Illness conditions and hospitalization at an advanced age are likely to give rise to crisis situations accompanied by anxiety and worry to the patient and his family. The change in the functional state of the patient necessitates the re-adaptation of the family and the environment.  We are aware of the situation in which the main patient with a chronic illness has been coping with being cared for by a family member who is faced with an emotional, physical and economic burden.

The social worker is part of the multi-professional team that accompanies the patient from his admission to the ward.  The social worker assists the patient and his family to cope with the psycho-claims that are liable to arise against the background of emotional, cognitive, family and environmental difficulties.

We are here in order to guide you professionally and assist in the process of correct decision making in keeping with the needs of the patient and the family while exercising the patient's rights.

The Social Worker:

  • Participates in a meeting of the multi-professional team and assists in diagnosis of personal, family and environmental factors which could have an effect on the patient's healing and rehabilitation processes.
  • Works with the patient and the family in constructing the discharge program depending on the patient's personal situation, his functioning and his capability, with reference to residential conditions, the economic resources and family support.
  • Assists the patient and his relatives in the process of decision making and suggesting options for solutions by means of making contact with the community or with other relevant services.
  • Assists the patient in exercising his rights:  The filing of a claim: Nursing-Care Law, Entitlement to Assistance from the Holocaust Survivors Fund, Institutional Arrangements through the Health Bureau and assisting in obtaining the relevant medical documents for a license to employ a foreign employee, etc.
  • Makes contact with the community prior to the patient's discharge and his return home in order to ensure the continuity of treatment from the hospital to the community, with the object of avoiding repeated hospitalizations.

 We view the importance of our professional involvement as an assisting factor in the process of the patient's recovery and rehabilitation.

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