Social Work for Older People

Social Work use specialized skills and a range of methods of intervention to assist and affect change and problem resolution. Social Workers are attached to each locality, and carry out professional assessments, working with complexity and risk.

Examples of Social Work Intervention:

  • Assisting Service Users and/or Carers to make decisions regarding permanent placements in Residential/Nursing Home placement
  • An initial Social Work Assessment following referral
  • Therapeutic Intervention, supporting Service Users through significant life change, for example, dealing with a loss/social isolation/social issues
  • Accessing Social Care supports to address social care needs
  • Completion of Carers Assessments using the Carers Conversation
  • Risk Assessment/Safeguarding Adults/Adult Protection

For more information on Safeguarding Adults, please click here.

  • Social Work Support

    Social Work support may be offered in the following complex situations:

    • Family Dynamics/Pressures/Stress
    • Engagement with Internal and External Stakeholders for the purposes of care planning/support/risk management.
    • Palliative Care providing practical and emotional support.
    • Mental Health Issues/Support.
    • Supporting Service Users and Carers with complex diagnoses.
    • Significant Life Changes/Crisis Intervention
    • Counselling and Emotional Support
    • Family and Carer Support
    • Protection from Abuse
    • Sign Posting to relevant services, community/voluntary organisations.
    • Advocacy

    For more information please view the Older People’s Social Work Leaflet

  • Referrals

    A Social Work referral can be made via the following Older People’s Team offices.

Social worker meeting with older woman

Contact Details

North Down Locality

Bangor Administration Office
Newtownards Road
BT20 4LB

Call us(028) 9146 8521

Newtownards & Ards Peninsula Area

Ards Hospital
Church Street
BT23 4AS

Call us(028) 9181 2661

Lisburn, Hillsborough and Dunmurry

Lisburn Health Centre
Linenhall Street
BT28 1LU

Call us(028) 9266 5181

Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch

Community Services
1st Floor Downe Hospital
Struell Wells Road
BT30 6RL

Call us(028) 4461 3811