Wesbury Recognizes Social Workers, Jane Byham and Judy McKennon
March is National Professional Social Work Month and provides an opportunity for social workers around the nation and world and their supporters to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. Every day, the nation’s 680,000 social workers work to empower and elevate millions of people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society.
At Wesbury, the Social Workers’ main function is to see that a resident’s rights are protected while living on campus. “The process of moving to a nursing or personal care facility is a life-altering event for, not only the new resident but family members as well,” says Wesbury Social Worker, Judy McKennon. “Moving to a new environment and meeting new people can take an adjustment period and we can help guide the resident and family through this adjustment and provide psychosocial and emotional support throughout their stay.”
Social workers are trained to examine and address life’s problems in a holistic way. They provide the ability to solve problems, cope with personal roadblocks and get the resources they need for success. You can find social workers literally everywhere – including in schools and colleges, hospitals and care facilities, veteran centers, mental health facilities, local and federal government offices, the corporate world, and in agencies that help children and seniors.
“I try to be aware of the presence that I bring into a residents room,” remarks Wesbury Social Worker, Jane Byham “Being there to support Wesbury residents reminds me of where I came from, who helped me along the way, and be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
Thank you, Judy and Jane for all you do for Wesbury residents and their families!