Publication - Research and analysis

Effective Social Work with Older People

Published: 19 Dec 2005
Part of:
Research
ISBN:
0755928598

This report is part of the review of the role of the social worker commissioned by the Scottish Executive to inform the work of the 21st Century Social Work Review group. Their prime focus is the role of the social worker across different service systems and national contexts.

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Brian Kerr, Jean Gordon, Charlotte MacDonald and Kirsten Stalker

A PAPER PREPARED FOR THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE BY THE SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING AS PART OF THE 21 ST CENTURY SOCIAL WORK REVIEW

ISSN 0950 2254
ISBN 0 7559 2859 8 (Web only publication)

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CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
Aims and objectives of this review
Scope
Structure of this paper
Methods
Limitations

CHAPTER TWO: EFFECTIVENESS - DEFINING QUALITY OUTCOMES FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Older people's views about effective social work
Another approach to effectiveness - what works?
Performance information
Conclusions

CHAPTER THREE: THE SOCIAL AND POLICY CONTEXT FOR EFFECTIVE SOCIAL WORK WITH OLDER PEOPLE
Introduction
Poverty in old age
Ageism
Integrated Services - A Joint Future
Conclusions

CHAPTER FOUR: OLDER PEOPLE: THEIR NEEDS FOR SOCIAL WORK
Introduction
Demography
People with learning disabilities
People with dementia
People with other mental health needs
Addictions and substance misuse
People with physical illness, impairment or frailty
Older carers
Palliative care - the need for a holistic approach
Conclusions

CHAPTER FIVE: ROLES, TASKS AND SKILLS FOR EFFECTIVE SOCIAL WORK WITH OLDER PEOPLE
Introduction
What is the social work role?
Assessing the needs of older people
Assessment and integrated working
Monitoring and reviewing care
Care management for people with complex needs
Balancing rights, risks and needs
The duty to protect
Loss change and transition
The social work role in health care settings
Group care settings
Working with family and carers
Conclusions

CHAPTER SIX: CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR EFFECTIVE SOCIAL WORK WITH OLDER PEOPLE

REFERENCES

The views expressed in the report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Scottish Executive or any other organisation(s) by which the author(s) is/are employed.

The Scottish Executive is making this research report available on-line in order to provide access to its contents for those interested in the subject. The Executive commissioned the research but has not exercised editorial control over the report.

This web only report is accompanied by "Research Findings No 11 Effective Social Work With Older People " also in web only format. Both reports are published by Information and Analytical Services Division, Scottish Executive Education Department, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ. If you have any enquiries about these reports please contact the Dissemination Officer on 0131-244-0316.

These reports were commissioned by the 21 st Century Social Work Review Group to inform their work. Copies of this document had already been released on the 21 st Century Social Work Review website ( http://www.21csocialwork.org.uk ).

Both reports were published on The Scottish Executive website in December 2005.

This report is available on the Scottish Executive Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.