What in the World is a Social Worker?

Village On The Isle explains, “What in the World is a Social Worker?”

Social Worker at Village On The IsleIt is not uncommon for a person to mistake the Social Worker for the Activity Director in the long term care facility.  It is no wonder, since the word “social” denotes for most people the idea of fun and interaction between residents and staff.  But the definition of social also includes the concept of society and how we live in society.  How we get along, receive compensations that we are entitled to, whether we are interacting with others within the sphere of normal interaction, whether our physical, mental, emotional well being is being adequately addressed.  In fact the mission statement of the National Association of Social Workers follows:

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.  A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and well-being of society.  Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

The State of Florida has required that a professional Social Worker be employed by every long term care facility in the state with the intent to address those basic human needs of the very vulnerable adults living in the long term care community.  Sometimes Social Workers address residents’ pay source (including insurance), their mental health, their ability to accept their situation in life, their getting along with others, including roommates, their clothing or personal items needed, etc.  You can imagine how long the list may become!  It is an honorable and fulfilling profession.  Many Social Workers believe their profession to be a “call” to service to humankind.

Village On The Isle is a great place to be a Social Worker because of the deep commitment of all management and staff, as expressed in our Mission Statement, to “share God’s love by promoting individual growth and dignity, enhancing the quality of life and meeting the human and spiritual needs of our residents, staff and community.”