Monique Romans: Devoted to 94 vulnerable elderly, disabled she looks out for
Posted On: Feb 17, 2017
Monique Romans is a social worker in the Home and Community Services branch of the state Department of Social and Health Services in Everett.
Monique is one of the state employees we may never see but whose work we couldn’t live without
Despite a caseload of 94, she goes to work every day devoted to the elderly and disabled folks she watches out for in Adult Family Homes, assisted living facilities – even a secure dementia unit in Mill Creek.
“I make sure they’re not getting abused, that they’re safe, they’re well taken care of and they have a care plan that is good for them and their family....,” Monique says.
“I want to just see our folks get supported who are struggling with disabling conditions – mental, emotional and physical.”
Like many state social workers helping vulnerable adults and children, Monique faces the challenge of high caseloads.
“I have a master’s degree in social work, so I can go a lot of other places, but I want to be right here,” she says.
She loves the time she gets to spend with the elderly and disabled people she looks out for.
“I let them know that they’re heard and let them know I’m trying to help keep them safe,” Monique says.
“That fulfills me.”
Washington state employees like Monique Romans are the public servants who work for us everyday.
Call your legislators at 1-800-562-6000 and tell them to support our dedicated state employees. Fund their negotiated collective bargaining agreements – competitive pay will keep our state public servants from fleeing to higher-paying jobs elsewhere.