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At the bottom of Natalie Law’s emails, she includes a quote from Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” She lives that message in her career by leading by example every day.
She started her career in 2006 as a social worker at Western Hills Health Care Center in Denver. From there she went on to become the director of social services at a Sunrise Senior Living community and then the marketing and admissions director at Saint Paul Health Center. Since 2012, Law has served as social services director at Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, CO.
She joined Life Care Center when it first opened, and although she always has been the social services director, she often offers a helpful hand in case management, transportation coordination, activity planning and admissions. One example of Law going the extra mile is a time when the dietary team needed assistance in the dining room due to an influx of skilled nursing residents. She was the first person to drop what she was doing to go help residents get to their tables and take their food orders.
Other moments where Law goes beyond the call of duty is the way she handles the needs of residents and their families. When residents “lash out,” she is the person to spend time listening to them, calming them down and holding their hands. Once the situation is under control, Law returns to her office to contact the resident’s family members to let them know how their loved one is doing.
Because of Law’s work ethic, she often is requested by sister facilities to provide consulting work and train new social workers.
McKnight’s Women of Distinction is a joint program of McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.
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