Date: March 12, 2020 | Category: News
Care Connection for Aging Services is celebrating Social Work Month in March by spotlighting the Care Management Program in Johnson County.
Care Managers Laura Miles, Shery Fogle and Penny Humphrey serve Johnson County with a full range of services for people 60 and older and their caregivers.
All three are available by appointment in the Care Connection Central Office, 106 W. Young. Call 1-800-748-7826.
Social Work Month, sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, has as its 2020 theme “Generations Strong.” One purpose is to “spotlight the life-affirming work that social workers from all generations — from the Greatest Generation to Generation Z — are doing,” according to the NASW website.
Care Connection can provide one-on-one, personalized guidance for older adults and caregivers to receive specific care and resources based on their individual situations. The agency provides information and enrollment assistance in a wide variety of programs from energy assistance or housing to help with paying for prescription medications and Medicare premiums.
“Many times, people who come to us don’t know enough about the services offered to older adults and their caregivers to even request those services,” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management. “That’s why care managers develop relationships with the folks at the senior centers and reach out to others. We want our Care Management Program to be like a one-stop shop for information, resources and assistance.”
Laura Miles specializes in serving older adults in Johnson County through outreach events in the Warrensburg and Holden senior centers.
Miles graduated from University of Central Missouri (then CMSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She has been a social worker for 23 years, 18 of them at Care Connection.
“I consider the most important aspect of my job to help people in any way I can,” Miles said. “I think it’s challenging to be presented with a problem and to peel back the layers to get to the root, and then fix it for the client. I love being able to help people even in some small way, and they are so thankful.”
Shery Fogle serves the dual role as Lifestyles Specialist and Care Manager for Care Connection.
As Care Manager, Fogle fills in wherever she is needed, oftentimes visiting homebound clients to assess their needs.
Her most important role, she said, is “making sure that people are able to obtain the services they need. I love seeing the relief in their eyes when they get services needed, and I enjoy being able to help people find a resource and then obtain that resource.”
Fogle graduated from Warrensburg High School and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Central Missouri. She said that when it comes to care managers, “We wear many hats, so feel free to ask me anything. If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find it.”
Fogle also teaches classes such as Matter of Balance and Living a Healthy Life for the agency.
Penny Humphrey, of Warrensburg, is a Care Manager who works throughout Care Connection’s 13 counties to make people aware of services such as the Benefits Enrollment Center and Transportation provided by the agency.
Humphrey, who earned a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Central Missouri in 2016, said she appreciates that her job allows her to help older adults “have the best opportunities and experiences they can have.”
“I enjoy meeting and working with people out in the communities.” Humphrey said. “I like being able to help people, whether with money savings, helping with Medicare questions, or just helping them to figure out which direction to go when everything seems jumbled or they feel they are at the end of their rope.”
Humphrey, who served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force before she retired as a master sergeant, also works one-on-one with veterans to assess their needs and make sure they receive in-home care.