Using the eco-map and ecosystems perspective to guide skilled nursing facility discharge planning

SCIE Social Care Online
Taylor and Francis
Publication date:
01 January 2017


Growing numbers of seniors across the United States require skilled nursing facility care after an inpatient hospital stay. Previous studies indicate that roughly 20 percent of all hospitalised Medicare beneficiaries are admitted to a skilled nursing facility following a qualifying hospital stay. Social workers address psychosocial problems, social support, networks, and healthcare needs during transitions in care, particularly discharge planning. Ecosystems perspective and the eco-map as a discharge planning tool is presented. Social workers can use these tools to examine the patient with respect to their transactional relationships with systems. This will further will facilitate provision of wrap-around services upon discharge.