Our nation’s more than 600,000 social workers have amazing tenacity and talent. They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live. Social workers contribute at all levels of society, working with individuals, families, long-term care facilities, schools, universities, non-profit agencies, corporations, hospitals, and government offices to mediate conflict, foster positive relationships and create hope and opportunity for people in need.
Bethesda celebrates the contributions of our social services staff during National Social Work Month this March. They work tirelessly to make sure the social and emotional needs of our residents, tenants, clients and families are met. Thank you for all that you do to enrich the lives of our seniors here at Bethesda!
The role of a social worker in a long-term care facility is to enable each individual to function at the highest possible level of social and emotional wellness. At Bethesda, our Social Service staff is available to assist with medically related social and emotional needs. They help each resident who moves into our facilities make the transition from a previous living environment to life at Bethesda while meeting the social, emotional and comfort needs of that resident.
Once a resident is established, the social worker assures the resident’s continuing needs are met and that the person is given the opportunity to participate in planning for continued care in the facility, transfer or discharge back into the community. Although the resident is the main focus, it should be noted that much of the social worker’s time may be spent working with the family.
Please join Bethesda in thanking our social services staff next time you see them. Happy Social Work Month!