Moira Keller LCSW
Clinical Coordinator of Geriatric Social Work
Sixty Plus Older Adult Services at Piedmont Healthcare
Seventeen years ago, I arrived at Sixty Plus, new to Georgia and the southeast, after years of living abroad. I didn’t realize at the time that I had struck gold in terms of professional opportunity and meaningful work.
Each March during National Social Work Month, Crossroads Hospice is proud to present the Caring More Award. Launched in 2010, this program recognizes the outstanding efforts of these unsung heroes, who dedicate their careers to improving the lives of others. The winners are awarded $500 to a non-profit of their choice – as well as a breakfast banquet held in their honor. Colleagues, family, friends, and a panel of judges are all invited to celebrate the amazing efforts of the winners.
To select a winner at each of our 11 sites, we establish a panel of expert judges who have distinguished themselves as pioneers in their fields. They include representatives from disease and professional social work associations, chairs of social work departments from area universities, elder care attorneys, nursing home administrators, geriatric physicians and more. These individuals know what makes a great social worker – because they too do more for the people they serve every day.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Marifrances McCartney has always had a love for the city’s unique traditions and cultures, from the sounds of the jazz clubs on Bourbon Street to the smell of fresh beignets in the French Market. The 92-year-old has vivid memories of Mardi Gras, a time when her beloved hometown gathers together to celebrate its identity.
Each March we recognize National Social Work Month along with the National Association of Social Workers. This year’s theme is “All People Matter,” raising awareness of the profession’s 116-year-old commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life for everyone. Across the globe, social workers are united in the belief that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
For many seniors, living independently in their own homes is a top priority. Many older adults can do this as long as they are physically and mentally able to care for themselves. Sometimes, they’ll need help and guidance from friends and relatives, or from caregivers who can provide additional support and help.
Sean Novak is often part of the team sitting by the bed when hospice patients take their final breaths. As a home health aide, he provides Crossroads patients with emotional support, bathes and cleans them, keeps them comfortable, reads to them and visits with their families as they approach the ends of their lives. Though his work is difficult, he is motivated by an innate compassion for those he visits.