March is National Social Work Month, an “opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. Our nation’s more than 600,000 social workers have amazing tenacity and talent.” (from naswmc.org)
Tenacity and talent are indeed fantastic words to describe our very own social worker at Topeka Presbyterian Manor, Bonnie Snowden. She’s been providing social work expertise here for 11 years. Previously she held various positions in the medical field at other senior living communities before obtaining her social work degree from Washburn University.
“I love helping people. And I worked in a behavioral unit once with a great social worker, who showed me just how beneficial this person can be in a community. I like connecting people with resources and helping everyone to be as successful as possible,” said Bonnie.
While Bonnie wears many hats and no two days are alike, her typical duties include:
Interview new residents for social history
Fill out MDS paperwork
Participate in the PEAK project for facility improvement
Serve on the resident council for healthcare, independent and assisted living
Visit with residents daily to connect and learn how they’re doing
Coordinate care plan meetings
Do evaluations for Assisted Living to determine if it’s meeting resident abilities and needs
In addition to the degree she had to earn to become a social worker, Bonnie is also required to take 40 hours of continuing education classes every two years. She has recently received additional training on dementia treatment and grief support.
“When I tell people I’m a social worker, they’re usually surprised that I don’t work with children. They have no idea that the elderly population benefits from social workers, too,” said Bonnie.
When she’s not busy helping residents at Topeka Presbyterian Manor, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her 11 grandchildren. We appreciate everything Bonnie does to help our residents enjoy their best life possible, and we celebrate social workers everywhere!