When Sue Samet came on as the new administrator at the senior center in Homer, Alaska, she wanted to implement some changes. The Homer Tribune reports that one of the major differences since Samet took over has been the addition of a personal touch, as she has sat down and talked with many of the adults who are receiving services at the Friendship Terrace and Friendship Center.
Samet has more than three decades of experience working with senior citizens, and although she benefits from a large background of administrative knowledge, she says that the biggest help in shaping her attitude toward eldercare has been her time spent in social work.
"I know how to write grants and be an administrator, but I do have a social worker's mentality," Samet told the news source.
"That's because I understand serving people."
Taking a more personal approach may be a new direction in senior care. Samet points out that many people feel lost once they stop working, but engaging in a discussion with the residents of retirement living facilities may help them fill the void. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, 900,000 people currently live in an assisted living setting.