In 1925, the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation began offering comprehensive lifetime assistance to hundreds of low-income seniors living in their own home. Prior to receiving this assistance, the Hannan Foundation would send out “friendly visitors” that completed a comprehensive assessment to determine the seniors needs and eligibility for services. Once the senior began receiving the assistance, these “friendly visitors” would continue to remain in contact with the senior and complete home visits to ensure all of their needs were being met. Those “friendly visitors” were the probably some of the first geriatric social workers in Detroit.
Today, the Social Work Department carries on this rich history through the Zena Baum Senior Service Center. Our social workers continue to complete comprehensive assessments to develop a person-centered plan of care for the older adult. We work with the senior to meet their goals which range from assistance with applying for benefits to finding supportive services that help them remain in their home for as long as possible. We take a proactive approach and provide follow-up with the older adult depending on their level of need.
We also partner with schools of Social Work at local universities and colleges to offer a dynamic and exciting internship for bachelor’s level and master’s level social work students at both macro and clinical levels. If you are interested in an internship opportunity with the Social Work Department, please contact Melissa Draughn at 313.833.1300, ext. 32 or [email protected]