Social workers bring the pieces together

Zeckser.AshleyDuring the month of March, we celebrate National Social Work Month, although it’s something that should be celebrated all year long. You see, social workers are the glue that holds the many parts and pieces of senior care communities together. Just ask Ashley Zeckser, who’s been serving the Topeka Presbyterian Manor community in this capacity for nearly 16 years.

“I have worked in long-term care; and now also work with rehab on the PATH unit. I was an intern at another skilled nursing community prior to starting at the Manor, so this is my first and only social work position. I chose social work because of my desire to help people. I particularly like helping people find the tools they need to help themselves,” said Ashley. “I like advocacy and giving a voice to people who may be challenged in some way.”

So what does a typical day in the life of a social worker look like? That’s a tough question to answer, because every day is so different.

“I have many duties here from helping with the admission process to advance directives to discharge planning and many things in between. One of my favorite things about my job is being able to connect and build bonds with residents/patients and families. I love to see people succeed!” said Ashley.

Another thing Ashley loves to do is spend time with her family at home.

“I have a husband and two children, ages 9 and 12. We have two dogs and two cats. In my free time, I love to watch my kids play sports like baseball, softball, basketball and football. Most weekends we are at some type of sporting event. We are also active in our church community,” said Ashley.

While Ashley plays a vital role in helping residents and patients have the best experience possible during their time at the Manor, she doesn’t do it alone. Her “work family” helps make it all possible.

“I work with an awesome team who bring their unique talents to share with me daily,” said Ashley. “I have been very blessed by the opportunity to work with amazing co-workers, residents, and families and I cannot begin to explain how much I have learned from these interactions. I look forward to many years of continuing to work within our mission to provide senior care with Christian values to the people I am fortunate enough to serve.”