SWOP: Exploring social work with older people

This research project will make recommendations about how social workers can best support older people and carers, including how they work with other agencies. We will identify how the government and employers can best invest in, support and recognise social work knowledge and skills. 

The Residential Forum suggest that some of the aspects of effective social work that may be of benefit to older people whose home is residential care or assisted living settings include:

  • assessment, care planning and review
  • carers and family support
  • admission practice
  • application of safeguarding thresholds
  • best interests assessments
  • working with advocates
  • residential social work

It is too often the case that registered managers of care homes feel that they only time they see social workers is when something has gone wrong…

Exploring the contribution of social workers to older people’s well-being

Related reading and resources

Social Work with Older People Research Source: SWOP: Exploring social work with older people – Social Work with Older People Research

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