NEWINGTON – Cedar Mountain Commons, an independent and assisted living community, recently announced that Teri Koza-Bliven has been named to the new position of resident service coordinator and social worker, effective June 2.
Koza-Bliven brings more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare field having previously worked as a case worker/placement coordinator at Hartford Hospital. She has worked extensively in case management and counseling, serving patients and families. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with a double concentration in social work and psychology, which she received from Central Connecticut State University. Her fluency in Polish and English has been an asset in communicating with people in the healthcare setting.
As resident service coordinator, Koza-Bliven works with residents and families to facilitate a smooth transition from independent living in their own home to the Cedar Mountain Commons community. In addition, she addresses their individual needs and issues to ensure that each person feels welcome and acclimates to their new residence. She also provides assistance with coordinating health care services as residents age in place and she serves as a resource for community supports including veterans’ agencies and benefits.
Personally, in a fast-paced hospital setting there was not the opportunity to build relationships with residents and families, she said. Now, as the resident service coordinator, she has the opportunity to know each person as an individual and learn about his or her life experiences. As socialization is essential to a happy and satisfying life, she encourages new residents in forming friendships and getting involved in the Cedar Mountain Commons lifestyle.
“The entire staff works toward the common goal of providing the best possible care for our residents,” Koza-Bliven said.
Cedar Mountain Commons, a department of Hartford Hospital, is a not for profit independent and assisted living community.