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By Stacey Delikat, Fox 5 News,
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March is national social work month. What a great opportunity to explain the field of social work and the role of social workers in today’s society!
Many people misunderstand exactly what social work is and the positive contributions that social workers make to the world. Some think social workers are mainly local volunteers or community activists. Although these individuals may have the same intentions as social workers in terms of helping community members, they don’t necessarily have the extensive education, professional training and credentials required to obtain a license to practice social work. The table below contains the requirements necessary for an individual to obtain a social work license in the state of Massachusetts. As you will see, this is not an easy feat!
|License Type||Education Requirement||Supervised Experience
|Licensed Social Worker (LSW)||Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work||Three years, full-time supervised experience. A minimum of 3,000 post-degree hours.
|ASWB National Bachelor Social Work Exam|
|Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)||Master’s Degree in Social Work||Three years, full-time supervised experience. A minimum of 3,000 post-degree hours.
|ASWB National Master Social Work Exam|
|Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)||Master’s Degree in Social Work||Three years, full-time supervised experience. A minimum of 3,000 post-degree hours.||ASWB National Clinical Social Work Exam|
Social Work in Senior Care
There are many challenges in meeting the social, environmental, psychological, economic and healthcare needs of older adults. Social workers in the field of geriatrics can help adults and their families maintain well-being, overcome problems, and achieve maximum quality of life during their later years. In essence, social workers serve as “advocates” by providing a vital link between older adults and the services they need.
The “graying of America” has emerged as a popular phrase in recent years. Not surprisingly, the number of older adults continues to rise. Statistics project that by 2030, Americans 65 and older will actually outnumber their younger counterparts. This is why it is vital to attract younger social workers to the field of geriatrics. We are very fortunate to have a robust internship program on the North Shore Campus that has been in existence for the past 15 years. The social work team derives a great deal of satisfaction in training social work interns from Salem State, Boston College, Simmons College, and Boston University.
I am so proud to be a part of the social work team at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare! On the North Shore Campus, I have had the pleasure of working with the social work team at the Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living. I have a great amount of respect for the caring and compassionate ways they provide support to both our short-term patients and long-term residents. Additionally, I sincerely admire how well our social work department promotes resident independence, autonomy and dignity.
My hope for the future is to continue working with social work interns from area colleges and universities. Our goal is to promote social work in geriatrics as we prepare for a huge influx in seniors over the next two decades. To all of my fellow social workers who specialize in geriatrics—thank you for helping to make the lives of our older adults the best they can be!
Happy Social Work Month!
My name is Chucky Magno and I have had the pleasure of working as one of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare’s Food Service Directors since 2007. In my first six years with the organization, I managed the day-to-day kitchen operations at the Estates on Admiral’s Hill assisted living residence. I worked with individuals of all different backgrounds and was able to shape a cohesive, supportive team that encouraged each team member’s best work for the greater good of our residents.
I have to admit I was surprised when I was offered a more fast-paced position working at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home (CJNH), our skilled nursing facility. Despite being a bit nervous about a new facility and new staff, I was confident in my capabilities as Food Service Director. I knew that I could develop yet another unified team, but that there were many novel factors to consider. In a skilled nursing facility like CJNH, there are much higher demands and increased pressure due to varying diets that result from the sicker population of residents.
It didn’t take long for me to discover that I thrive in a fast-paced environment! In fact, I derived much personal satisfaction from the daily challenges and feel like I was able to make significant progress. This is evident by the deficiency-free Department of Public Health survey we have earned the past four years. I am incredibly proud of my kitchen staff and all of their hard work to maintain the highest quality food and service for our residents. To that end, there is no doubt in my mind that we have directly contributed to CJNH’s five-star quality rating.
In 2017, my team and I will be faced with new challenges as CJNH undergoes a massive renovation and transformation to the Green House® model of care. The Green House® model boasts a home-like environment, complete with three residential floors, two wings on each floor, with each wing having its own kitchen and dining room. Although this will present some unique obstacles that we have not previously encountered, we are constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate our delivery of quality food and service. For this reason, we are all looking forward to the new experiences that lie ahead of us.
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is a unique organization and I am so proud to be a part of the Chelsea Jewish family. At Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, there are vast opportunities for staff to advance their skills and knowledge, while facing challenges that build character and enrich experiences.
Come see our transformation mid-May at our ribbon cutting ceremony!
This blog is courtesy of Chucky Magno, Food Service Director at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.
Written by Mary Kate Nelson
“At the Leonard Florence Center for Living, residents can control just about everything around them through a series of blinks.
The community is located in Chelsea, Massachusetts and run by the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare; it currently has 10 Green House-style skilled nursing residences with 10 bedrooms each. Two of the Green Houses are built for people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and one is specifically equipped for residents living with multiple sclerosis (MS)…”
On Thursday, November 19th, 90 year old Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living resident, Mary Cena, celebrated a huge success with her new cookbook at a cookbook signing event at the Center. More than 100 people were in attendance, including other residents, families, friends and Brudnick staff members. Mary sold out of all 120 copies of her cookbook within one hour! More cookbooks are in production for those still interested in purchasing one.
Overall, it was a tremendously uplifting event for everyone who attended. Mary is genuine proof that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it–even at age 90 and living in a long-term care residence!
by Geri Fantasia, LPN, Nurse Manager at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home
As people age, their skin becomes thinner and much more frail. The key to preventing skin tears and pressure ulcers in elders is to assess the individuals by trained professionals on a consistent basis. Here at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, we use the Norton assessment tool to determine which of our residents are at risk. Upon admission, we perform a total body skin assessment on every resident, and perform weekly checks thereafter until discharge. Thorough communication and documentation is essential to this process.
There are several ways to protect the skin from tears and pressure ulcers. Barrier cream is used on the skin for added protection, while non-ambulatory residents wear foot and heel protectors, which provide an extra safeguard for the skin. Those residents in wheelchairs use cushions to relieve pressure points and low air loss mattresses are also ordered for high risk residents. Positioning devices are a great tool to put in place and residents are repositioned every two hours. Frequent in-servicing, thorough documentation and weekly assessments also help prevent ulcers. Our Certified Nursing Assistants are well trained and knowledgeable in the assessment process, and any changes or increased redness and swelling of the skin are immediately reported to the nursing staff.
If a pressure area does occur, it is essential for a nurse to complete a weekly pressure ulcer assessment. This requires weekly measurements and the adoption of a regimented treatment plan that is overseen by a Physician. The resident’s diet will often be adapted according to the recommendations of the Dietician, in order to allow the consumption of additional protein supplements that aid in wound healing. As an added precaution, blood work may also be recommended for the individual.
Saving the skin is an essential part of good nursing care and overall body health. It takes a great team effort to protect our residents. At the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, we pride ourselves on our nursing staff’s expertise, knowledge and compassion. Please feel free to speak with us if you or a loved one has questions about skin tears and pressure ulcers. Assessment is the first and most important step in maintaining the skin.
The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home’s first wedding in its 96 year history took place on Friday, July 10, 2015. Rose Stetson, a 91 year old resident, truly wanted to see her son Kevin get married and her son couldn’t imagine his mom not being present. What better place for a wedding than Rose’s home at Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home? Kevin and Sharon were married by Sharon’s father, who became a Life Minister and officiated the ceremony. The bride’s daughter, Lexie, was the maid of honor and Rose’s grandson, Tim, was the best man. All in all, it was a wonderful family affair on a beautiful July day.
The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, Leonard Florence Center for Living and Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living, three skilled nursing facilities owned and operated by the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, received the 2015 Post-Acute Collaborative Participation Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The award recognizes post-acute facilities that participate in the Collaborative and have shown dedication to improving the care that stroke patients receive in the post-hospital setting. For the past several months, the three facilities have been collecting data on stroke patients, participating in regional meetings and learning sessions, and performing quality improvement activities within their facilities.
“At our skilled nursing facilities, we strive to provide exceptional care to all our patients and residents, with a focus on improving quality care outcomes,” said Terry Halliday, VP of Business Development at the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. “We are proud to be recognized for our hard work at improving the post-acute care of our stroke patients. This award pays tribute to the importance of our work at Chelsea Jewish.”
On hand to accept the awards were Terry Halliday (center), Lea Susan Ojamaa, Director of the Division of Prevention and Wellness at the Department of Public Health (left) and Lisa Bemben, Senior Director of Quality & Systems Improvement at the American Heart/Stroke Association (right).
On Tuesday, June 9th, a brand new class graduated from the Chelsea Jewish Academy. Eight Chelsea Jewish Lifecare employees, all on staff at the Peabody Campus, graduated from the Academy. Initially, these employees underwent rigorous interviews and pre-testing to qualify for the Academy. They then fulfilled 127.5 hours of required classroom instruction and hands-on training, in addition to extensive homework assignments.
Now that graduation is over, the next step is for the group to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation through the American Red Cross. This will enable the employees to become Certified Nursing Assistants within the state of Massachusetts. Once certified, the employees will begin working as Shahbazim at the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living, which is currently transitioning to a Green House® model of care. In the interim, the staff will begin rotations with their mentors on the second floor of the skilled nursing facility.
Congratulations Chelsea Jewish Academy Graduates!
Winnie (105 years) and Joe (106 years) exercise together at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL). The class is led by Jack Zimmerman, Activities Coordinator at LFCL. He himself is a young 82 years of age. The group gets together for daily exercise and although they are often joined by other residents, Winnie and Joe are the most senior members. In addition to exercise classes, they are frequently seen at bingo, concerts and in the bakery. Obviously, both have found the secret to a long and happy life.
On Wednesday, White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) officials toured the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) in Chelsea, MA. Nora Super, Executive Director (WHCOA) and Rachel Maisler, Deputy Communications Director (WHCOA) traveled from Washington DC to see firsthand how the Green House® model differs from traditional skilled nursing settings. Directing the tour was Betsy Mullen, COO of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. Also in attendance were Green House® Project Senior Director Susan Frazier and Director of Outreach Scott Brown.
A key focus of the tour was highlighting the impact that a Green House® model home has on resident’s quality of life. The group toured the café, deli, spa and outdoor patios, as well as the long-term and rehab residences. The group also visited residents who were celebrating National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Amidst songs and dancing, it was clear that these residents are living life to the fullest. Winnie Murphy, who is 105, told the group she loves living at the LFCL because there “is always something to do and people to visit.” In fact, Winnie is busy every day; she goes to the salon to get her hair done once a week, relaxes with a drink at the monthly Pub Hour, plays bingo as often as possible, and attends a daily exercise class. Also offering their experiences living at the LFCL were residents Bonnie Berthiaume and Annemarie Mooney. Both interviews were video recorded by the WHCOA camera crew, which we are hoping is shown at the White House soon!
It was gratifying to see the reaction of the WHCOA staff to the LFCL, its staff and residents. Clearly, this revolutionary model of care made a tremendous impact upon the visitors.
Left to right: Nora Super, Executive Director at White House Conference on Aging; Rachel Maisler, Deputy Communications Director at White House Conference on Aging; Betsy Mullen, Chief Operating Officer, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare; Susan Frazier, Senior Director, The Green House Project; Scott Brown, Director of Outreach; The Green House Project.
Talia and Olivia Hazlett were honored at the Mass ALFA (Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association) 25th anniversary awards dinner on March 18. The two sisters won the 2015 Mass ALFA Volunteer Excellence Award for their innovative “Virtual Hugs” project, which connects residents at Woodbridge Estates Assisted Living and Aviv Skilled Nursing in Peabody to family members throughout the country – and throughout the world.
“We are so proud of Talia and Olivia,” states Megin Hemmerling, Executive Director of Woodbridge Estates. “Their hard work, creativity and perseverance are truly impressive.” She added, “The “Virtual Hugs” program is an amazing experience for our residents and their families.”
Talia Hazlett and her friend Maeve Sherwood, 8th graders at Marblehead Veteran’s Middle School, started “Virtual Hugs” in 2014. They raised money through the teen initiative “Do Something” (www.dosomething.org) to purchase an iPad and facilitate conversations/“Virtual Hugs” between grandchildren and great grandchildren who could not visit face-to-face. In 2015, Olivia, a junior at Marblehead High, took over the project. To date, Olivia has helped the residents connect with families in eight states as well as Italy and the Netherlands. It is remarkable for these families to “visit” virtually — an experience that will be remembered by family members for years to come.
Additionally, Olivia Hazlett recently received the Derek Sheckman Award from the North Shore teen initiative (NSTI). Given to a Jewish high school junior, the award will provide seed money and offer guidance for the continuation and expansion of the program. Olivia also hopes to get other teens involved in this project.
Olivia and Talia Hazlett are the daughters of Leslie and David Hazlett of Marblehead. For more information about the “Virtual Hugs” program, please email Leslie Hazlett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (978) 471-5100 x 5153.
National Nursing Home Week 2015: May 10 – May 16
National Nursing Home Week is a way for today’s care communities to proactively communicate that skilled care centers are changing their focus and providing residents with a better quality of life. The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is a perfect example. As the first urban model Green House® skilled nursing residence in the country, the Leonard Florence Center for Living sets the stage for a model of care far removed from traditional nursing homes. And the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home will soon be undergoing a dramatic renovation. What will make a huge difference: kitchens on every floor; bright, cheerful gathering spaces such as cafes, spas and patios; natural light and an abundance of glass. At Aviv Skilled Nursing, the therapeutic gardens are spectacular this time of year. KIDSPOT is another popular offering; residents can enjoy young visitors in an environment created especially for children.
The National Nursing Home Week was developed to help foster a positive attitude toward care in long-term and post-acute care centers. The CJF will be joining in the festivities with ice cream sundae parties, giant sheet cakes, popcorn stations, raffles and musical concerts.
Join us in honoring National Nursing Home Week. Certainly, we have come a long way in providing long-term care. Let’s celebrate this milestone as we look forward to the future.