Patient Referral

Schreck inspires other social workers

For Greene County News

DAYTON — For her residents, Lisa Schreck, of Fairborn, has carried mattresses up steps, created Facebook pages and every day at 3 p.m. can be found taking a walk with an elderly gentleman. These little extras might not be in her job description, “but it’s in the job description in my mind,” she says.

This includes her latest project: a “music of memory” program that will offer therapy to dementia patients.

Now, the unheralded Schreck is being recognized as the 2014 recipient of the “Caring More” award from Crossroads Hospice, given annually to one social worker in the Dayton area who exemplifies going above and beyond for patients and the community.

Schreck, a social worker at the Grafton Oaks Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, is a tireless advocate for each of the 100 elderly residents and is creative in finding ways to help each one. She’s focused her career in nursing homes where she says it’s critical “that everyone’s rights are honored and that they’re treated with dignity and respect.”

Social workers are the unsung heroes of healthcare, and Schreck models the power of these unrecognized professionals to improve the lives of those suffering. Says a colleague, “She faces every challenge with enthusiasm, passion and pure love.”

March is National Social Work Month. Schreck will receive the Caring More Award at a breakfast in her honor from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, March 26 at the Dayton Marriott. She will also present a $500 donation Crossroads Hospice is making to the non-profit of her choice, Lend A Hand To A Friend.

Content provided by Crossroads Hospice.