Social workers are some of the most dedicated and hard-working individuals in our society.
But, despite their dedication and value to the people they serve, many people know very little about the work social workers actually do. The truth is, social workers across the world make a lasting impact on people’s lives every single day, both with individuals and within communities.
In honor of Social Work Month this March and World Social Worker Day, we at Iona want to celebrate these individuals who dedicate their lives to serving the community each and every day.
So, what exactly is social work?
Social workers care for individuals in every stage of life, from early childhood to end of life.
Social work practice requires knowledge of human development and behavior as well as the social, economic and cultural factors that affect the individuals they are helping. It is this knowledge and understanding of the person in their environment which social workers use to address specific challenges faced by their clients. By establishing meaningful working relationships, social workers are able to help clients access various services and facilitate important changes in many different areas of their lives.
Everyday our social workers:
- Help clients in crisis situations by referring them to appropriate resources
- Partner with clients to create goals and steps to achieve those goals
- Diagnose and treat various mental health issues, and refer clients to other health professionals
- Support access to necessary health care, and social and/or financial resources
- Advocate for the rights of older adults
If you have never worked directly with a social worker, you may be wondering why you need their expertise. Social workers can help you cope with or overcome life’s most challenging situations. This could include (but is not limited to) assistance with any of the following:
- Depression and anxiety
- Day-to-day challenges
- Financial strain
- Public benefits
What can a social worker help me address?
Here at Iona, social workers help older adults with the opportunities and challenges of aging, which includes the stress of caregiving, changes in physical or mental health, financial challenges, nutritional needs, and aging in place.
We have the utmost appreciation for our social workers and how they help our clients navigate the challenges of daily life.
Thank you to the 600,000+ active social workers nationwide for all of the service they have provided and the amazing impacts they have had on the lives of so many people.
And, remember, if you are facing a challenge related to caregiving or aging, Iona is here for you. Contact us here to speak with a social worker. Already working with an Iona social worker? Comment below and let us know why you are grateful for their help!
This blog was updated and reviewed by an Iona subject matter expert on March 10, 2020. See original post here.