Developing Services for Older People and their Families (Research Highlights in Social Work)

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Exploring new theory and practice in the provision of services for older people living at home, this book contains three parts. Part I examines the social context of old age, looking at structural barriers such as:

ageism, racism and sexism

the poverty of older people relative to the rest of the population

the received wisdom that the increase in the number of older people in the population is `problematic'

The second part of the book focuses on practice. The authors examine the extent to which service providers work from a user-led perspective, looking at issues such as:

day services for people with dementia

housing and support services

GP - social services collaboration

short-term breaks

Part III examines specific issues, such as:

development of professional skills

the use of specialist teams

empowerment

This book is an excellent source of information for social workers, those working with older people, and lecturers of social work and gerontology.

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About the Author:

Rosemary Bland is a lecturer of social work in the Department of Applied Social Science, Stirling University. She is currently on secondment at the Scottish Office in Edinburgh as an inspector in the Community Care Division of the Social Work Services Inspectorate. Her most recent work is Residential Homes for Elderly People: Their Costs and Quality.

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This book is timely and useful for planners, practitioners and researchers. Students will also benefit from the comprehensive referencing, especially in areas where essays or courses are being planned. Written in a friendly style, the book is divided into three sections. The chapter on housing and support services is particularly illuminating. -- Professional Social Work Using leading researchers as authors of chapters on discrete topics results in a volume that collects together much of the current knowledge and debate. This makes the information from the research readily accessible, allowing for an overview of the state of knowledge. As such it is valuable for students and practitioners in social work and related disciplines, health in particular. -- Ageing and Society This compendium of contributions by distinguished academics goes to the heart of the policy and professional practice issues concerning care services for older people. The need to challenge entrenched, negative social attitudes is stressed and ways in which family carers and the service users themselves can play a more active part in deciding their priorities is given prominence. The rather neglected area of housing and its contribution to community-based care is also covered. The book is clearly presented and the text consistently limpid. -- Aslib Book Guide This book focuses on the service response to older people with care needs and is a useful and accessible text that practitioners and trainers may wish to read themselves and recommend. Contributions from many of the most active researchers in social gerontology are included, a number of whom draw on work published in more extensive forms elsewhere. This has been one of the most helpful features of the Research Highlights in Social Work series. Another useful feature of this series has been its ability to combine the work of Scottish researchers with English colleagues and this volume presents such a mix. -- British Journal of Social Work As well as presenting research findings about the changes in social work and social services, the volume poses challenges to social work about its own attitudes towards work with older people. -- The Health Service Journal This is a timely volume, which provides an opportunity to review social work practice for older people six years after the introduction of the NHS and Community Care Act. The first part has useful chapters on the social context and demography of old age...The issues about care management and specialist and non-specialist teams are interesting. -- CAIPE (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education It was interesting. Points were well made. Certainly would have a place in the social work library and as a basis for student seminars. -- International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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