Older people are the biggest service user group for social workers and an increasing proportion of the population. In this refreshingly positive and practical textbook, Rory Lynch draws on years of practice and teaching experience to show how to achieve best social work practice with older adults. He takes a person-centred approach, which fosters respect by valuing the fact that elderly people have more lived experience than others.
Exploring the key theoretical approaches and methods of intervention, this book helps social workers to identify, understand and facilitate their service users' wishes for well-being and a fulfilling older age. Chapters are practice-driven, containing case studies drawn from a range of care settings, reflective questions and exercises.
Mapping directly onto the key modules on the social work degree, this is essential reading for all student social workers, especially as they prepare to go on their practice placement. It is also valuable reading for qualified social workers.
Rory Lynch is Lecturer in Social Work at Robert Gordon University.
Introduction Historical Context, Law and Policy Values and Ethics Skills in Working with Older People Community Care Mental Health and Well-being Dementia Assessment and Intervention Gerontology Care Settings for Older People Being a Research-practitioner Conclusion