Celebrating National Social Worker Month at Monarch Landing

  • In March, Monarch Landing senior living is celebrating National Social Worker Month.

    In March, Monarch Landing senior living is celebrating National Social Worker Month. Courtesy of Monarch Landing

Updated 3/26/2021 8:05 PM

During National Social Worker Month, which honors truly essential workers, Monarch Landing has a lot to celebrate.

National Social Worker Month was launched in order to build awareness and appreciation for professionals charged with the responsibility of helping achieve optimal living.


Naperville's senior living community boasts a dedicated team of seven licensed social workers and a student intern in independent living at Monarch Landing and The Springs Health and Rehab Center of Monarch Landing.

"I think social work in senior living communities is not very common, so we are fortunate to have this extent and quality of support available to our residents. It's unique to our community and benefits our residents," said Jennifer Shea-Danalewich, who oversees, coordinates, and collaborates with the social worker team for independent living residents.

Shea-Danalewich explained that the professionals at Monarch Landing and The Springs each hold different roles. These include providing direct services to residents, offering various opportunities for enhanced socialization, coordinating intermittent social-emotional support, and assisting with the transition to various levels of care and discharge after rehabilitation. As a navigator, Shea-Danalewich oversees the social workers in independent living and Karen Dean is the manager of social services at The Springs.

"Social work services are so important, and this has especially been the case over the past year as we've adapted to the impact of COVID. We have a group of people dedicated to enhancing our residents' lives, and we feel fortunate that our organization supports their roles," said Shea-Danalewich.

Monarch Landing is a Life Plan Community located on a scenic campus in Naperville, Illinois-named "one of America's best places to live and retire" by Modern Maturity, and "the best city for early retirement" by Kiplinger. Monarch Landing offers independent living, promoting a vibrant lifestyle for active seniors. The Springs at Monarch Landing offers memory support, respite care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, thus providing complete continuing care for seniors. Monarch Landing is owned by Senior Care Development and managed by Life Care Services.

For additional information visit www.WelcomeToMonarchLanding.com or www.TheSpringsatMonarchLanding.com.

Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.