March Blog – Social Worker Month
Celebrating (and Hiring!) Social Workers
March is National Social Work Month, giving us the opportunity to recognize the dedication and importance of our social workers. At The Senior Alliance, we have a deep appreciation for the social workers who help us assist people to thrive as they live their way.
Are you a social worker interested in making a difference in the lives of older adults and their caregivers? Consider applying for our supports coordinator position.
Social Work, Then and Now
Social workers help improve society by empowering individuals and communities to fulfill their potential. Most social workers enter the profession because they have a strong desire to assist those in need and make our communities, our nation, and our world a better place for everyone.
Social work has existed for more than a century, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In 1889, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Star opened Hull House in Chicago to provide social services to the area, which had a large immigrant population. Other social work pioneers include anti-lynching advocate and women’s rights activist Ida B. Wells, and George Edmund Haynes, a social worker who was co-founder of the National Urban League.
Chances are good that over the course of your lifetime, you, a family member, or a friend has been helped by a social worker. Each year, more than 700,000 social workers nationwide work to transform lives. A recent survey indicates that 81 percent of people who have interacted with a social worker say the experience resulted in an improved situation for themselves or a family member.
Social workers can be found helping individuals and organizations in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals and mental health care facilities to child welfare agencies and schools, from veteran centers to elder care agencies like The Senior Alliance, and in local, state, and federal government.
Social Work Breaks Barriers
The theme for Social Work Month 2023 is “Social Work Breaks Barriers.” Social workers break down barriers to help people overcome personal crises like food insecurity, lack of affordable housing, or limited access to good health care. They also advocate on the local, state, and national levels to encourage the adoption of laws and policies that let everyone access such services, according to the NASW.
We’re Looking for a Waiver Supports Coordinator
The Senior Alliance is seeking a social worker to act as our waiver supports coordinator. The coordinator will conduct comprehensive participant assessments and reassessments, work with a nurse to develop and monitor care plans for the elderly, and work with family members and caregivers to maximize available support systems. The social worker in this position will also provide proper documentation of care management activities and budgets. For more information and to apply, visit our job listings.