March is National Social Worker Month
What are Social Workers?
The role of a Social Worker varies across the board from social justice, human rights, and education, to work with the youth, older adults, and so much more. As a graduate level social work student, I have thoroughly enjoyed the connections I have made with all of the hard working caregivers and their families. As a social change agent, I am here to make a difference and promote advocacy for others who aren’t always able to do so for themselves.
Here in the aging setting, I am able to provide families with assistance that connects them with the valuable resources that maximize quality and participation in daily life for their care recipients. Helping create solutions for the physical, psychological, social, and economic needs of clients has been a part of the work that brings all of the moving pieces together. The ability to help caregivers establish assistance or more positively experience transitions has brought me so much closer to the work that I do. Seeing the abundance of support offered by caregivers makes every experience inspirational and is a very vital when collaborating to provide the best care possible.
Social workers across the world work hard to become qualified professionals that can best assist individuals and their families. They dedicate their time, service, and support to all of the populations they are able to serve. Social work students and professionals work to combat social issues faced in communities on a daily basis, all to make the world better for everyone.
Thank you caregivers, for trusting our team of social workers to walk with you as you navigate the care journey. As always, please contact the Aging Helpline if you are interested in speaking with one of our social workers: 919-968-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This month's article is written by Arielle Morgane', a Cary native. She is a 2019 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Department of Social Work. Starting at a young age, she has engaged with many non-profit organizations, volunteered across her local community, and built life-changing relationships that have led her to the field of Social Work. She aspires to create a better place for her community and encourage open-mindedness and inclusivity through her technical skills and educational knowledge. To work towards her professional mission, she is currently obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work at North Carolina Central University with a focus in geriatrics.
Arielle is one of four MSW practicum students working with the Department on Aging this academic year. These four students join our five staff social workers in the Aging Transitions mission of seeking to empower Orange County older adults, and those who support them, to age well through programs and services that promote and enhance quality of life.