Maureen began as CAH’s Lead Social Worker in 2014. With more than 20 years experience, she is responsible for coordinating the Social Work staff, weekly video chat visits with patients, moderating the Caregiver Support Group, and assisting with social service needs as necessary.
What inspired you to be a social worker?
I became a social worker because I’ve always wanted to help others. I enjoy connecting my clients to services and seeing the impact I and the services have had on their lives.
What makes CAH special?
It’s really special to see how CAH has found ways to meet people where they are. We first started with the Telikin computer for those who could use a computer. Then we introduced the Grandpad for those who preferred a smaller tablet. For those who are visually impaired, we make phone calls to ensure they too know that they are cared for.
We also run caregiver and grief support groups for those grieving a loved one and those caring for a loved one. It is such a benefit to hundreds of people. It’s the group members who help to make it so successful.
Working at CAH, I get more than I give. I get to meet so many interesting people with great life experiences. My time with them is so special; it is such a gift.
Tell us about a remarkable CAH participant:
All of our participants are special to us but one in particular stands out. Dr. Michael Williams is a theologian and pastor. He is our first CAH participant and is currently working with Telikin staff to create a regular Skype group in which he facilitates conversations on a particular topic. He is also a mentor to other participants by assisting them with their computer skills.
Dr. Williams said, “CAH is my support network and Telikin is my left hand. I use it to make spreadsheets, manage my finances, write out lesson plans and sermons and play games…the calendar helps me to keep my appointments, and Skype and email help me stay connected to family and friends.” Dr. Williams also said, "if every patient had the opportunity to Skype with a social worker at their medical office, we could avoid many medical crises."
We are so grateful for knowing Dr. Williams. He is a great asset to CAH and our participants.