Celebrating the compassionate care of Nazareth Home’s social workers

In correlation with Social Work Month, Nazareth Home recognizes its compassionate and hard-working social workers who are committed to fulfilling our philosophy of providing person-centered care.

Social workers at Nazareth Home help new residents adjust to living in a nursing home, and they continually work as advocates for the elders we serve. They ensure that the emotional and social needs of the elders are met and maintained on an individualized basis. Social workers collaborate with the care team and act as liaisons for elders and their families when working with physicians, nurses, therapists, and community agencies.

In addition, social workers at Nazareth Home lead interdisciplinary meetings with elders and their loved ones and apply a holistic approach to enhance quality of life. They also establish a discharge plan and aftercare for elders returning home.

Nazareth Home’s team consists of six social workers, with team members at both our Highlands Campus and Clifton Campus. Each social worker holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree, at a minimum, and is uniquely dedicated to a specific level of care.

At our Highlands Campus, our social work team includes:

Ann Dreisbach, who works with Charity Court residents
Julie Kane, who works with Maria Hall residents
Liz Olivencia, who works with individuals in Rehabilitation to Home
Susan Tahaney, who works with Spalding Square residents

At our Clifton Campus, we have:

Kim DeSha, who works with individuals in Long-Term Care
Lou Wilson, who works with individuals in Rehabilitation to Home

“Our social services team consists of knowledgeable and compassionate women who truly advocate for our elders’ quality of life and work with the care team to ensure their needs are met,” said Gretchen Houchin, Director of Community Development at Nazareth Home. “Their work is truly invaluable, and we want to celebrate their commitment to person-centered care not just in March but year-round.”

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