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Social Work with Older People

Social Work with Older People

First Edition

November 2005 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides an up-to-date and authoritative overview of the development of social work with older people in the UK. The coherent structure draws together the key themes involved in working with older people, and clearly demonstrates how to translate these into real-life practice.

Key features of the book include:

- Establishes an understanding of the policy context within which social work takes place, with particular attention to key topics such as inter-professional collaboration and ethics.

- Goes beyond other textbooks to challenge the restricted nature of social work practice, and adopts a positive view of its potential to benefit older people.

- An engaging and practice-led approach which includes student-friendly features and detailed practice scenarios.

- Satisfies the curriculum benchmarks and National Occupational Standards that structure social work training and practice.

Written by a leading academic, this is a key text for social work trainees. Its analytical depth will ensure that it will also be valuable for students undertaking post-qualifying courses, and for those in related disciplines such as health and community care, social policy and social gerontology. Its practice-based and inter-professional approach will mean it is also useful for health and social care practitioners seeking to improve the quality of practice with older people.

`Drawing on both theory and research as well as the author's clear knowledge of current practice, this book is able to deal with practice realities in ways which many texts cannot. It offers social workers realistic options for how to approach their work' - Karen Postle, University of East Anglia

Older People and Society
The History and Development of Social Work
Community Care Policy
Partnership,Collaboration and Inter-Professional Working
Social Work and Health Care
Historical Connections

The Developing Social Work Role with Older People
The Social Work Role in Assessment of Older People
Care Management and Social Work
A Marriage Made in Heaven?

Intermediate Care
Social Work - The Forgotten Profession?


This book gives clear insight into working with older people, practice considerations and context.

Mr David Childs
Social Work , Birmingham City University
October 28, 2015

This is insightful and useful for the undergrad group.

Ms Fiona Walshe
Humanities, Athlone Institute of Technology
April 24, 2014

Very good text but needs an update in respect of personalisation.

Mr Paul Mansfield
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
October 29, 2012

This will be an excellent resource for the legislation for social work practice course. The legislation itself might be a bit outdated, but the way in which Lymbery describes practicing under legislation and with older people will be very useful.

Dr Barbra Teater
Faculty of Humanities & Social Science, Bath University
January 31, 2011

useful for health and social care learners. covers all the major contemporary ssues such as intermediate care,new labour legacy, assessment, collaboration and the emerging role of the health related social work practice within primary care. really interesting as it charts the historical story of older people social work practice.

Mrs Karen Wild
Nursing , Keele University
September 14, 2010

This is a useful text in terms of specific knowledge concerning social work with older people, but it also sets current practice in a context, making it useful for developing a general understanding of social work (for example, chapter 2 is entitled "The history and development of social work".

Mrs Liz Lefroy
Social Work , The North East Wales Institute of Higher Education
October 8, 2009

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