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Social Work Practice with Older People

Social Work Practice with Older People
A Positive Person-Centred Approach

December 2013 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Older people are the biggest service user group for social workers and an increasing proportion of the population. In this refreshingly positive and practical textbook, Rory Lynch draws on years of practice and teaching  experience to show how to achieve best social work practice with older adults. He takes a person-centred approach, which fosters respect by valuing the fact that elderly people have more lived experience than others.

Exploring the key theoretical approaches and methods of intervention, this book helps social workers to identify, understand and facilitate their service users’ wishes for well-being and a fulfilling older age. Chapters are practice-driven, containing case studies drawn from a range of care settings, reflective questions and exercises.

Mapping directly onto the key modules on the social work degree, this is essential reading for all student social workers, especially as they prepare to go on their practice placement. It is also valuable reading for qualified social workers.

Rory Lynch is Lecturer in Social Work at Robert Gordon University.

Historical Context, Law and Policy
Values and Ethics
Skills in Working with Older People
Community Care
Mental Health and Well-being
Assessment and Intervention
Care Settings for Older People
Being a Research-practitioner

This important book attaches real value to working with older people, challenging ageist practice and encouraging a skilled approach in social work students and practitioners.

David Mercer
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Leeds Metropolitan University

Insightful, reflective, theoretically sound, and practically feasible. Rory Lynch’s polished attempt at the challenging topic of social work practice with older people is indeed an important update on the current plethora of unheralded and less readable practice guides. His is destined to get much mileage in both the local and international practice arena.

Professor Sharhidd Booley
Chair of Social Work and Social Development, University of Fort Hare

Hugely insightful and highlights the importance of work with older people and the challenges social workers face in this growing sector.

Ms Jules Goodger
Social Work , Havering College of FE & HE
July 7, 2015

Not a social work course

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
September 19, 2014

A useful book for both UG & PG students. All aspects of working with older people are covered. Useful case studies and reflective questions. It needs to be up dated however to reflect the PCF.

Ms Jackie Heslin
Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metro UNI (North Campus)
September 19, 2014

Excellent book. Very good on reflective practice and self awareness in working with older people.

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

Excellent book. Very good on self awareness.

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

I like this book a lot. Throughout the whole book it gives a good sense of values and clearly supports the person-centred approach.

Mrs Sue Williams
Division of Social Work, Scho of HASS, De Montfort University
March 4, 2014

This book gives an excellent understanding of the needs of older people and how they should be approached and met.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
February 19, 2014

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