Ohio State University
I am currently completing my field practicum for my Bachelors of Science in Social Work. My field placement has been at Franklin County’s Senior Options. Senior Options is a levy-funded program that provides case management of home and community-based services to seniors on a sliding-fee scale. Senior Options is a need-based program that serves 60+ adults in the Franklin County area. My time spent with Senior Options has been a truly wonderful experience. Not only have I learned a wealth of knowledge about senior services available in my community, I have gotten to work with some of the most dedicated clinicians I have ever met. All of the case managers in Senior Options are committed to doing everything they possibly can in order to help their clients. I have seen that the norm at Senior Options is to go above and beyond what is expected.
I have also felt honored to get to work with a program that is meeting such a crucial need in our community – linking seniors with the necessary services and providing financial assistance for those services. Both accessibility and affordability of services are crippling barriers facing our senior population today and Senior Options breaks those barriers down. Thousands of seniors in Franklin County are receiving services they need and are able to live independently in their own homes because of the work of Senior Options. I am fully behind the mission of this program and have been incredibly fortunate to work with them for my placement.
The Ohio Scholars in Aging program was a perfect complement to my field practicum. While I was learning about county and city-wide programs from Senior Options, the Ohio Scholars in Aging program taught me about programs for our seniors at the state level. It helped me gain perspective of the larger aging network that my placement was a part of. I had no idea that our state had so much going on in the field of aging and it gave me a whole new scope of understanding of what all is being done to help our seniors. As someone who is deeply committed to improving the lives of elders in our community but is just getting started; I was delighted to learn that there has been decades of hard work before me that I could join in on. Not only did Ohio Scholars in Aging provide me a chance to join in on the work being done, but it provided me with numerous mentors in the field. Everyone involved with the Ohio Scholars on Aging program and OAGE were eager to help and advise me in any way they could. I have spent much of my college experience alone in my love for working with the geriatric population, but Ohio Scholars in Aging connected me to an entire community of people involved in this work. I could not have asked for better resources than this program.