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