March is National Social Worker's Month. In celebration of all they do for us, it was decided to "celebrate the blessing of social workers". We were blessed to have two dynamic women who are also social workers share their life experience and discuss importance communicating with your loved ones regularly, and specifically regarding end of life communication.
Nancy King, MA, LSW spoke regarding her experice in long term care and now with home health and hospice at Otterbein. A point was brought up noting that social workers are patient advocates and are to present you with your available options without judgement. This is true in any form they work in. It could be a social worker from the hospital, the community service center, home health or here on campus.
We were also lucky to have Karen Hill, Aging Services Director for the Warren County Community Services to speak with us. She brought some brochures regarding the different programs available to the elderly at the 741 Center (across from main campus) and also with the many agencies they work with to provide services to help elders stay in their home. Otterbein Home Health and Hospice work with this community service well to achieve the best outcome for each resident. Everyone enjoyed the presentation and discussion that was shared.