The Role of a CVC Social Worker

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You may have wondered from time to time, about the role or job duties of a Retirement Community Social Worker.

In any setting, the primary role of a social worker is to address personal barriers so that individuals have optimal independent living. Social Workers confront challenging physical, psychosocial, and emotional issues with creative interventions and have a plethora of community resources to which they can refer those needing services. Social workers often work alongside an interdisciplinary team to develop care plans that help individuals cope with everyday problems. The interdisciplinary team will typically include doctors, nurses, therapists, and dietitians. The goal is for all receiving services to maintain their highest level of independence.  Equally important, another role of the Social Worker is to help maintain the rights of all residents including privacy and dignity.

The Christian Village Communities, Social Service Department helps assess resident needs, personalize interventions, and offer resources.  Assessments may differ slightly depending on need and level of independence. The type of resources offered will also vary depending on the need.  Examples of resources can include:

  • Referrals to home health services (medical and non-medical care)
  • Health care professionals (i.e psychologist, audiology, dental, companies that provide durable medical equipment)
  • Aging services (Pro Seniors and Council on Aging)
  • Other Organizations – specific to a need (Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Foundation, Veteran’s Services).

They work closely with the individuals and their families to continually reassess and offer additional support and services.

Whether our residents are in nursing or independent living at Christian Village Communities, we understand that at times there are challenges that hinder or limit independence.  Regardless, it is our goal to help you reach and maintain your full potential. If you’re interested in learning more about life and resources available at Christian Village Communities, contact us today at www.christianvillages.org/about-us/contact/

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