Paul Padial has been working with the elderly since he was a teenager. His father, a physiatrist, and his mother, an occupational therapist, opened up opportunities for volunteering with many different populations, but Paul chose to focus on working alongside his mother at Nyack Manor Nursing Home. Paul spent summers in various departments, working mostly with the rehab department as a physical therapy aide.
Growing up in a household of medical professionals led him to pursue a career in social work. He started his career working for a geriatric outreach program at New York United Hospital Medical Center, where he provided medical social work services and organized health fairs and educational programs for the elderly population of Westchester. He then worked as a community coordinator at Jewish Home Lifecare, where he managed 100 long-term care beds, charged with creating communities of elders that reflected a person-centered philosophy of care while maintaining the clinical integrity of the home.
For 12 years, Paul experienced the ebb and flow of the transition from a medical model of care to a person-centered model. Throughout the years, he had the opportunity to work with the Labor Management Project on culture change initiatives and supported the development of the positive labor-management relationship that exists at The Jewish Home today. Most recently, Paul has been a leader in preparing Jewish Home staff for the transition to a new philosophy of care called The Green House Project, after which their new building will be modeled in 2017. Paul brings his knowledge and experiences in long term care to the LMP, with the goal of assisting other nursing homes in developing labor management partnerships to support quality person-centered care and to prepare union staff to face the challenges of the ever-changing long-term care climate. Paul received his bachelors degree in social work. He earned his MSW from Fordham University.