Gerontological Social Work: A Task-Centered Approach / Edition 1

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This eminently practical book applies the task-centered model to gerontological practice across various settings (community based, hospital based, home healthcare, etc.). After an introductory chapter presenting demographic background information and outlining the common problems and needs of an elderly population, the book describes the continuum of care and the principal providers of services.

Gerontological Social Work features in-depth coverage of specific client problems, such as physical or mental health, caregiving, home and personal safety, senior living, and long-term care arrangements. A series of task planners offer a menu of possible actions that can resolve or alleviate a designated problem. Rating scales, schedules, and other forms assist the practitioner and client in the intervention process. An appendix classified by topic lists hundreds of Web sites related to work with the elderly.

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Editorial Reviews

Activities, Adaptation & Aging - Joseph G. Pickard

Gerontological Social Work is a well-written, interesting important contribution to the growing body of gerontological literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231115865
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthias Naleppa is an associate professor at the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and a recent Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. William J. Reid is Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany. His most recent book, with Stuart Kirk, is Social Work: A Critical Appraisal.

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: A Foundation for Gerontological Practice 1. A Profile of Older Adults2. The Aging Network and Service Providers3. Communication for Gerontological Practice4. Assessment in Gerontological Practice5. Initial Phase of Intervention6. The Middle Phase7. Final Phase: Ending Service8. Case Management9. Practice with Caregivers: Individuals and Groups,, by Kristina Hash10. Practice in Long-Term Care Settings,, by Debra LaceyPart III: Task Planners 11. Resources and Planning12. Advance Directives: Health Care Proxy and DNR Orders13. Advance Planning: Power of Attorney14. End-of-Life Medical Decision Making15. Financial and Personal Records16. Hospice17. Nutrition Programs: Meals-on-Wheels18. Senior Transportation19. Retirement20. Home and Personal Safety21. Elder Abuse and Mistreatment22. Emergency Information: Vial-of-Life23. Home Safety: Environmental Assessment24. Falls and Accidents25. Emergency Response Systems: Telephone Reassurance26. Living and Care Arrangements27. Senior Living Alternatives: Long-Term Care Facilities28. Adult Foster Care: Board and Care Facilities29. Assisted Living Facilities: Placement30. Resident Adjustment to Nursing Home Placement31. Relocation32. Caregiving and Respite33. Adult Children: Communication and Caregiving34. Caregiving: Burden on One Family Member35. Respite: Long-Term36. Respite: Short-Term37. Adult Day Care38. Health and Mental Health39. Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and Delirium: Spouse and Family Adjustment40. Exercise, Fitness, and Well-Being41. Urinary Incontinence42. Medication Management and Treatment Adherence43. Tinnitus: Coping with the Sounds44. Stroke: Coping During the Aftermath45. Appendix: Selected Web Sites for Work with the Elderly

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