March is Social Workers Month and the Kane Regional Centers are joining in the national celebration. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) designated March as National Social Worker Month, recognizing March 16th as National Social Worker Day and March 20th as World Social Work Day. NASW’s theme for 2012 is “Social Work Matters.”
“Social workers are crucial in helping Kane fulfill our responsibility to the residents of Allegheny County,” said Executive Director Dennis Biondo. “I thank all of our social workers for the hard work they do every day by advocating for vulnerable adults and providing support to families that are in need.”
In Western Pennsylvania, the aging of the Baby Boomers and the lengthening of life spans has increased both the number and proportion of older people. The social work profession has become a significant, knowledgeable provider of services to older adults and their families. The social workers at Kane interact with residents and their families to provide the best long-term care options, whether that care is in a person’s home, in the community, or in a facility.
Jan Muschar, Social Services Manager at Kane McKeesport, points out “Our team finds it fulfilling to help residents and families navigate a complex healthcare system that in most cases is unfamiliar to them. We are there for the older adult to help them access resources that are essential to recovery and wellness.”
The Kane Regional Centers salute the National Association of Social Workers and other groups for creating a platform that highlights the accomplishments of Social Workers throughout the country. We thank our own social workers for providing a vital link in the care of our residents.
For more information, contact Bill LaLonde, Community Outreach Representative, at 412-422-6773.