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2017-2018 MSW Fellows in Aging

Meet the 2017-2018 MSW Fellows in Aging

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 MSW Fellows in Aging! These students completed their fellowship as part of their advanced social work field placements. Each developed and completed leadership projects to enhance the organizations' capacity to touch the lives of older adults and caregivers.


 
MINDY ELKINS
2017-2018 VIRTUA HEALTH SYSTEMS, PENN MEDICINE VIRTUA CANCER PROGRAM, Voorhees
Mindy completed her generalist social work field placement at Lutheran Crossings Enhanced Living in Moorestown, New Jersey, a continuing care
community which offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, dementia care and subacute rehabilitation. There, she performed patient
assessments, participated in family care conferences, and created learning materials to support staff education on the topics of resident rights and
elder abuse. Mindy’s advanced field placement was at Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program where she successfully completed her Fellowship
project titled LifeCare Social Worker Impact Evaluation.
 

 


KRISTIAN HUNT
2017-2018 PARKER HOME*, Piscataway

* = Scholarship funded by the field placement site. 

Kristian’s first-year field placement was at NJ-STEP/Mountainview Communities where he served as an application specialist. In that role he gathered resources, made referrals, and helped build admission folders for NJ-STEP students applying to Rutgers University. His advanced year field placement was at Parker Home in Piscataway, NJ. There he conducted psychosocial assessments, provided case management services and crisis interventions while providing therapeutic support and counseling for long-term care residents, participants at Adult Day program, families and caregivers. He successfully completed his fellowship project titled Examining the Well-Being of Older Adult Residents at Parker Home through Music and Memory.

 


JANET LEMONNIER
2017-2018 VNA/BARNABAS HEALTH HOME CARE & HOSPICE, West Orange

Janet was the inaugural intern at the Montclair Inn, a boarding house offering a model of affordable, communal living for low-income older adults for her first year placement. Janet was an intern at VNA Barnabas Hospice and Home Care in Livingston for her advanced year placement where she worked with hospice and palliative care social workers in a clinical setting providing services to clients. She successfully completed her fellowship project at Barnabas titled Equipping Healthcare Staff to Aid in Patients’ Advance Care Planning. 


JESSAMYN TABAKIN
2017-2018 ATLANTIC HEALTH HOME CARE & HOSPICE, Morristown

Jessamyn completed her first-year internship at The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in Summit NJ, where she worked with outpatient Oncology
patients through clinical interaction, including co-facilitating a mindful meditation group. Her advanced year internship was at Atlantic Home Care
and Hospice in Morristown where she was involved with bereavement services and integrative care for inpatient and in-home hospice patients
and their caregivers. She successfully completed her fellowship project titled Audio Service In-House Pilot Program Measuring the Level of
Distress Before and After Music Interventions.
 

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