A video about a young Brit who quit his job to reduce loneliness among isolated elders led me to discover SOCIAL PRESCRIBING, which frees doctors, nurses & other primary care professionals to “prescribe” a range of non-clinical services that addresses their patients’ SOCIAL needs. Amen & hallelujah!
“Doctors generally prescribe pills to make people feel better. Social prescribing is a relatively new holistic approach to wellness in which primary care patients are partnered with a ‘link worker.’ Link workers help each individual patient put together a personalized combination of community-based activities that are specifically chosen to fit his or her lifestyle, interests, and special needs in ways that complement any pharmaceutical prescriptions.” from Psychology Today, 07/17/17
Related Link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201707/will-social-prescribing-be-the-next-wellness-phenomenon