Marguerite David, MSW
Social Worker, Seattle, Washington
Marguerite David served as a clinical social worker for 40 years and retired from Spinal Cord Injury Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Puget Sound, in 2014. She has worked with people with spinal cord injury and their families for 35 years, addressing their psychosocial needs, developing discharge plans, and providing counseling in the areas of adjustment, sexuality, and parenting. Her work has been published in a variety of scientific journals; she has presented multiple scientific posters and spoken at over 10 major-medical conferences.
David’s video interview answers basic questions about where spinal cord injury patients go after they leave the hospital, how social workers help transition patients from hospital to home, the common difficulties that people face in rehab, and how a social worker helps people make a good adjustment to life in a wheelchair. She also addresses the importance of modifying the home environment before patients return home, and how much it costs to make home modification. She also details how to find, train and retain good home caregivers, and how to evaluate rehabilitation programs after hospital discharge.