Social Work and the Older Person

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Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:02 pm

Hello,

My tutor has just started two weeks holiday, is anyone able to help with a question I have regarding one of the TAQs for this assessment regarding the evaluation of a social worker.

Many thanks

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby Rebecca Smith » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:08 pm

Hi
There are lots of us who can help you - if you just describe what you are struggling with - which TAQ you are on and what/why you are struggling I'll be happy to help if I can!

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:16 pm

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you so much. It is Social Work with the Older Person and TAQ 1. I have completed the part regarding policy and legislation and the second part is to evaluate the role of a social worker. The whole TAQ is 600 words so I have used 300 for the first half. I am a bit unsure with how to evaluate the role, so far my thoughts were to split it into three paragraphs with the first being what the social worker for older people does, second is limitations and boundaries they may face, and thirdly gerontological social work and training. I was wondering if I am on the right lines with this? And if so, what actual limitations do they face or can you point me in the direction of somewhere I can search?

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby Rebecca Smith » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:45 pm

Hi
You are thinking about this along the right lines - if you are evaluating something you are considering the strengths and weaknesses of it. So here you could be making a case about how effective social workers can be in care for the elderly and this source may help you with this positive side of the evaluation http://www.cpa.org.uk/cpa-lga-evidence/ ... eetal(2014)-Socialworkwitholderpeople-avisionforthefuture.pdf
In terms of limitations and barriers although this is an older resource there are some ideas about dignity and mental health in this source
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov. ... 133991.pdf

Hope this helps you to make progress with your assessment :crazy:

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:48 pm

Hi Rebecca,

That is great, the first link i actually already had open so I hope that means I was on the right track.

Many thanks for your response.

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:22 pm

Hi,

Sorry to post again but i'm really struggling with what could be the weaknesses of having a social worker for an elderly person, could you help me with this please?

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby Karen » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:50 pm

Believe you can and you're halfway there :dance:

Received an offer for Forensic Psychology (2017) :D

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby Rebecca Smith » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:22 am

Hi
For this you really need to be thinking about extra barriers that social workers may face when dealing with the elderly which may limit their effectiveness - for instance dementia or limited mobility

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:39 am

Thank you both! I'm extremely grateful :-)

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:18 am

Could I go along the lines of a person with dementia suffers emotional, functional and memory problems which can mrsn supporting them is more difficult and complex?

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby Rebecca Smith » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:06 am

Yes this woudl certianly be a barrier to the effectiveness of the role of the social worker when working with the elderly :thumbup:

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby Rebecca Smith » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:45 pm

You may also want to think about issues with lack of funding for training to develop expertise in issues associated with older people and legal measures which aim to protect the interests and rights of older people, however they also have the right to be treated equally and not have age used as a means to achieve equality of service. Lots of ideas here to think about :crazy:

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:53 pm

Hi,

I had written already about lack of funding (thankful to be on the right track) but I needed more to finish of the question. Many thanks again for your support. Now onto TAQ 3, the 500 word essay :-)

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Re: Social Work and the Older Person

Postby LDT31514 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:42 pm

Hi,
For TAQ 3 it mentions to involve the Care Act. For this do I have to focus on funding and payments?


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