Positively impacting the lives of adults, veterans, and the disabled, across Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties by advocating and providing a network of resources that result in independence, choice, and dignity

 

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Social Work Month 2021: Social Workers are Essential

About a year ago, when many industries faced the question, “Are we essential?” social workers across the nation never had a doubt. Each day more than 700,000 social workers nationwide make life better for others. They empower people, giving them the skills and encouragement they need to overcome life’s challenges. They also link clients to resources they may need to live more fulfilled lives. They know at times, they may be the only reason someone feels seen, heard, valued, and supported.

Social work services of B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. are provided by a team of skilled Care Managers, who assess for in-home care needs and coordinate services that support independence for older adults. As it became clear the COVID-19 pandemic was disproportionally affecting the aging population, Care Managers became fierce advocates for policies prioritizing the health of older adults.

Care Management Supervisor for Bradford & Sullivan Counties, Rose Lloyd, noted that while the pandemic has presented a definite challenge over the past year, the Care Managers on her team have continued to go above and beyond to make sure consumers’ needs are met. Tiffani Warner, Assessment Supervisor, agreed; noting that the over 40 years of combined social work experience between the two members on her team demonstrates remarkable compassion and commitment to the field. Susquehanna County Care Management Supervisor, Bev Griffiths, added that Care Management staff often go out of their way to help, consistently showing kindness and compassion despite the challenging situations often faced. Tioga County Care Management Supervisor, Holly Lamonski, said, “I am proud and privileged to work with staff that show such work and dedication.” From delivering emergency food assistance in the community, to offering a helping hand to coworkers, Care Managers of B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. are known to go above and beyond.

Social workers often are unsung heroes, but they play an essential role in helping people from all walks of life and backgrounds to live life to the fullest. During social work month we hope you will learn more about this life-changing profession, say a kind word to the social workers in your lives, and advocate for the populations they serve.

 

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B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the United Way of Susquehanna County; and the Lycoming County United Way serving Wellsboro and southern Tioga County.

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