Cariloop Recognizes National Professional Social Work Month 2014
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha
Stories of hope in the face of tragedy share a common theme: better times are ahead. Illness, loss, abuse, and poverty change our lives in profound ways, but how we learn to deal with each circumstance determines how much those experiences define our limitations and our opportunities. At the heart of social work lies the desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Each day our social workers not only strengthen the lives of those in need of protection and support, but also the communities in which we all live.
March is National Professional Social Work Month and it is the perfect time to thank those who give tirelessly to others through their caring and dedication. The theme selected for 2014’s Social Work Month is “All People Matter”. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chose this theme with the goal to raise awareness about the social worker profession and the important contributions they make to society.
The Profession of Hope
Social Work really is the profession of hope. In the United States, over 650,000 of these highly trained professionals know how daunting and immobilizing life’s tragedies and obstacles can be. But they also witness the sheer determination of countless individuals and families to achieve different lives. Sometimes, all it takes to help people get on the right path is guidance toward what is possible.
How Social Workers Help
A career in social work is first and foremost about helping people with the difficulties they face. Social Workers do this by developing a working relationship with children, young people and their families. Below is just a short list of the many things social workers do to help.
- Child and Family Social Workers
- Protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance.
- Help parents find services, such as child care, or apply for benefits, such as food stamps.
- Intervene when children are in danger of neglect or abuse.
- Arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to get families back together.
- Clinical social workers provide mental health care to help children and families cope with changes in their lives, such as divorce or other family problems.
- School Social Workers
- Work with teachers, parents, and school administrators to develop plans and strategies to improve students’ academic performance and social development.
- Help students and parents deal with problems such as aggressive behavior, bullying, or frequent absences from school.
- Healthcare Social Workers
- Help patients understand their diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, housing, or healthcare.
- Provide information on services, such as home health care or support groups, to help patients manage their illness or disease.
- Help doctors and other healthcare professionals understand the effects diseases and illnesses have on patients’ mental and emotional health.
- Mental Health / Substance Abuse Social Workers
- Help clients with mental illness or addictions.
- Provide information on services, such as support groups or 12-step programs, to help clients cope with their illness.
The National Association of Social Workers
NASW strives to educate the public about how social workers are essential to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective, and building stronger communities. Social workers around the world believe that all people have dignity, deserve respect and strive to help millions of struggling people find hope every day.
Social workers are also helpful when trying to find the right assisted living facility for your loved one. It’s a difficult process and many of us do not have the time to do the research needed to find the right place. Here at Cariloop we empathize with what you’re going through and want to do everything we can to pair you with the right senior care facility to ensure your loved one is in good hands. We highly recommend working with a social worker because they can help you deal with the stress and anxiety of it, including problems such as a conflict between you and your siblings regarding the big decision.
For more information on senior care facilities, search through our site to see reviews and information to help you take the first step on this journey!