Social Work with Older People provides an authoritative and practical guide to working with older people in a range of settings. It addresses the complexities of individual work with older people, as well as work with families, groups and the wider community, and is not afraid to tackle the challenges as well as opportunities of practice in this area.
The book begins by explaining the demographic changes that have led to a greying of the general population. It goes on to discuss the diversity in experiences of ageing across society, and the range of issues which confront older people and those who wish to work proactively with them. Clear attention is paid to the processes of assessment, care planning and review, with readers encouraged to reflect on developing good practice through case studies and exercises. Although it has a strong practical emphasis, the book also stresses the value of theoretical perspectives, with insights from fields such as sociology and psychology woven throughout the book. Clear links are also made to policy guidelines and organizational standards, without losing sight of the deeper, often more complex, issues that arise when working with older people.
Social Work with Older People will be essential reading for social work students and practitioners, but also for others who are interested in the development of practice with older people as citizens and service users.
Ann McDonald is a Senior Lecturer and Head of School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia
Introduction. Chapter 1: The Demographic and Theoretical Framework. Chapter 2: The History of Service Development for Older People. Chapter 3: Functions of Social Work. Chapter 4: Assessment in Social Work. Chapter 5: Care Planning. Chapter 6: Monitoring and Review. Chapter 7: Working with Individuals. Chapter 8: Working with Families and Groups. Chapter 9: Working with Communities. References.