An Overall Description of the Novel "Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers"
In inpatient and residential care settings, gerontological social workers conduct intake assessments to determine patients’ mental, emotional, and social needs; collaborate with a larger team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, case managers, and other health care staff to develop and regularly update patient treatment plans; discuss treatment plan options with patients and their families; and manage patient discharges. Elderly individuals can grapple with isolation, depression, financial instability, dementia, anxiety, and other psychological, emotional, and social challenges. They may also experience declining health and increased reliance on medical care and family support, and this shift in independence can prove difficult for both them and their families. Gerontological social workers help their clients manage these and other challenges by providing counseling and therapy, advising clients’ families about how to best support aging loved ones, serving as the bridge of communication between clients and the rest of the care team, and ensuring that clients receive the services they need if or when they move between inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, in-home care, day treatment programs, etc.
This volume focuses on professional social work in direct and indirect practice with and on behalf of older adults. The contributors to this book are social workers at the BSW, MSW, and doctoral levels. Gerontological social work is a growing and exciting practice specialty!