I chose to visit Hunterdon Care Center in Flemington, New Jersey. I used to live in Flemington and my Great Aunt Eleanor was placed there six years ago.
I felt I would enjoy visiting and interviewing her and also interviewing a social worker on staff there. The social worker that I interviewed at Hunterdon Care Center was Cindy Mendoza who has been working there for about two years. Ms.
Mendoza is a very experienced social worker. She chose the field of social work because she wanted a branch of health care. Her mother was a nurse who also tried to influence Cindy to become a nurse as well.Cindy knew that being a nurse was not her first choice. She knew there were many jobs available in hospitals, but she felt that the acute nature of the hospital setting would not allow her to get to know the patients well. She preferred the field of social work as a good blend of serving in the health care professions with a personal touch.
Ms. Mendoza tried many various fields of social work before settling on the branch she loves best care of the elderly or gerontology. She worked with hospisis, assisted living, in a hospital or clinical setting, and experienced working with different populations of people.Working in a nursing home, she found she really enjoyed working with seniors. She feels they have a lot to share through story telling, she enjoys her role as a listener to their tales. She also feels to help make their lives happier and “provide a little quality for their lives”. She finds them to be very grateful for the time and attention she gives them. Cindy seemed to feel that with little effort she could improve the lives of seniors that she interacted with daily.
Cindy Mendoza is currently surviving as director of social service for the Hunterdon Care Center.A lot of her work has to do with quality control and evaluation. She makes sure that projects are followed through and she conducts surveys to see if patients and their families are satisfied. She also described the roles and duties of a general social worker. Counseling is a primary role, especially when people first come to a nursing home. They are giving up many roles of there own and giving up their homes and independence.
This causes depression and social workers are called in to advise and help them to adjust. Another counseling role for social workers is to have group sessions with patients and families.Families need to be reassured of the benefits of skilled nursing care for there loved ones. This is a time when many feel quilt for placing a family member in a nursing home, and social workers can reassure families about correct placement decisions. Nursing home social wo! rkers also provide education and information about illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. Living wills are explained by social workers as part of resident’s rights. One of the major duties of a social worker in a nursing home is to help seniors maintain as much independence as possible and help them adjust to their new home.Cindy helps seniors meet other seniors, become involved in activities, and feel useful in their geriatric setting.
She helps them deal with end-of-life issues. Social workers help deal with roommate issues and lost personal items as seniors adjust to living in a nursing. The roles of counselor, teacher, and mediator seem particularly important to nursing home social workers.
The most satisfaction that Cindy gets from her work is from her role as mediator, especially in roommate disputes. She feels satisfaction when she finds people who are compatible with each other.She measures “small successes” in solving these types of problems. To get a depressed senior out of their room and talking to others is a small success. She gets pleasure just talking with and hearing senior’s tales about the old days. She is a good listener and seniors like to reminisce about their younger days. If Cindy could change one thing though about her job it would be the paper load, because she would rather spend time with her residents.
Her advice to someone considering the field of social work is to volunteer in many different areas to figure out which is the best for you.She feels this should be done before official internships because you get a better feel of which is the best for you get because you get a better feel of which branch you would like to go into so the job search is less stressful. The field of social work is emotionally hard but has many branches from which to choose. My Great Aunt Eleanor is in her mid eighties and has been a resident of Hunterdon Care Center for about six years. Since she has Alzheimer’s disease, her answers were short but honest.
She seems very content living here, which is why I thought she would be good to interview.She has no complaints about services from social workers and nurses. She said when she asks to see someone that they may not come right away but they do respond eventually. She said that the best way to get something is to go in person to the nurse’s station.
Aunt Eleanor enjoys the food there but knows that others do complain about the quality. She enjoys spending leisure time reading, but was confused about other activities. When she was able to she did participate in many outings and activities when she was able.It seems that if Aunt Eleanor is an example of the residents of this home then they are fairly content w/ the services they receive. Social workers appear eager to help them adjust to life in a nursing home setting while retaining some independence. Eleanor Anthony is content to read her books and be waited on, plus to have others to eat with at meal times. This nursing home facility seems to have a successful program and people who love their jobs in the field of social work that they have chosen. Geriatric social workers will become increasingly important as our population ages in greater numbers.