Social Work in Geriatric Home Health Care: The Blending of Traditional Practice with Cooperative Strategies / Edition 1

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Overview

Explore how community-based networks can effectively meet the needs and problems of sick, elderly people and their caregivers!

Social Work in Geriatric Home Health Care: The Blending of Traditional Practice with Cooperative Strategies explores how social workers, aides, nurses, administrators, and policy makers can cooperatively work by maintaining appropriate health records in order to keep the elderly living at home. Based on the author’s twenty-five years of social work experience in geriatric home care case management, this book explores improved ways to organize home health care by use of cooperative strategies in order to assist older individuals in living independent lives at home.

Complete with informative case studies and interviews, you will explore useful examples of geriatric social work practice through Concerned Home Managers for the Elderly, (COHME) a nonprofit, licensed home health care agency. Social Work in Geriatric Home Health Care examines many crucial geriatric care and case management issues of concern to geriatric social workers, including:

  • offering meaningful and fulfilling work as a home health care aide
  • providing high-quality training and ongoing education for home care aides
  • creating a cooperative environment by encouraging staff, social workers, and nurses to share expertise with the case management coordinators who are responsible for placing the geriatric patient at home or in a special care facility
  • involving the client in the management of his or her own health care
  • creating concise, one-page reports for each home visit by using a “One-Sheet” to help you extract case assessments and plans for your geriatric client in a readily accessible format
  • dealing with state regulatory authorities and the general trend in home health care to place the elderly in nursing homes
  • paying careful attention to financial and administrative problems within your organization while striving to remain true to your original mission of providing at-home care

    Social Work in Geriatric Home Health Care will help you explore a different way of organizing home health care for the sick and elderly at a time when the percentage of people over sixty-five who will require care is rapidly increasing. This important book works to improve the case management of geriatric people and challenges home health care workers and legislators to become more progressive in their thinking about the direction in which geriatric health care should move at the turn of the century. With this vital book, you will gain insight into organized and cooperative methods of providing home health care for the elderly and find improved methods for managing your geriatric cases to give your clients optimum care.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Lou Wranesh Cook
This book is the compilation of personal observations and thoughts of the author, a social worker and a geriatric home healthcare specialist. Situational examples are included and a nonprofit, licensed home health agency, Concerned Home Managers for the Elderly (COHME), founded by the author, is described. The author firmly believes in the cooperative aspects of care and describes her experiences and agency development. Comprehensive social work case management in home care is viewed as a necessity for best outcomes for the frail elderly. This book is most helpful for geriatric home care workers and the author offers approaches from the social worker perspective. She has home care experience in both hospital and community settings. Her concern for safe and effective home care based on cooperativism is apparent. Real life examples are used to discuss roles and needs of caregivers, training and education of home care aides, and cooperative case management strategies. Chapters are brief, offering the introduction of ideas. The COHME One-Sheet, a method of recording case assessments and plans in a concise manner, is presented as a means to more easily manage documentation needs. This is an easy to read book which offers the insights of an experienced social worker to those in the field of geriatric home care. Both newcomers and those searching for a different approach to the present system will find ideas for thought.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Mary Lou Wranesh Cook, PhD, RNC (SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome)
Description: This book is the compilation of personal observations and thoughts of the author, a social worker and a geriatric home healthcare specialist. Situational examples are included and a nonprofit, licensed home health agency, Concerned Home Managers for the Elderly (COHME), founded by the author, is described.
Purpose: The author firmly believes in the cooperative aspects of care and describes her experiences and agency development. Comprehensive social work case management in home care is viewed as a necessity for best outcomes for the frail elderly.
Audience: This book is most helpful for geriatric home care workers and the author offers approaches from the social worker perspective. She has home care experience in both hospital and community settings. Her concern for safe and effective home care based on cooperativism is apparent.
Features: Real life examples are used to discuss roles and needs of caregivers, training and education of home care aides, and cooperative case management strategies. Chapters are brief, offering the introduction of ideas. The COHME One-Sheet, a method of recording case assessments and plans in a concise manner, is presented as a means to more easily manage documentation needs.
Assessment: This is an easy to read book which offers the insights of an experienced social worker to those in the field of geriatric home care. Both newcomers and those searching for a different approach to the present system will find ideas for thought.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789007469
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Haworth Social Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
Pt. I Hints of a New Kind of Case Management in Traditional Hospital-Based Home Health Care 5
Ch. 1 The Dying Marriage Counselor: A Poor Family in Crisis 7
Ch. 2 The Overwhelmed Attorney: A Wealthy Family in Crisis 17
Ch. 3 The Eccentric Artist: The Filial Role in Home Care for the Frail Elderly 25
Ch. 4 Elderly Home Care Clients: Maintaining Purpose in Life 33
Ch. 5 Caregivers and Their Ill Spouses: Creating a Health-Promoting Group for Elderly Couples in a Hospital Home Health Care Program 37
Principles of Health-Promoting Group Formation 38
Forming the Group 39
Fitting In 45
Later Activities 45
Unfinished Business 46
Implications and Observations 46
Pt. II Cooperative Home Care in Community-Based Agencies 49
Ch. 6 Aspects of Cooperative Home Care for the Elderly in Bologna, Italy 51
CADIAI 52
Ch. 7 COHME's First In-Service on Cooperation 59
Situations Taken from Aides' Problems 67
Staff Situations in the Office 68
Replies from Everyone at the General Meeting 71
Pt. III Using Cooperative Strategies - Specialized Training and Supervision of Home Health Aides 73
Ch. 8 Training Aides to Care for Dementia Clients 75
Ch. 9 Training Aides to Work in Cluster Care with the Newly Dependent Elderly 79
Dependency 79
Training Aides to Care for the Newly Dependent Elderly 81
Edited Text of In-Service Program: Residence Director's Remarks to Home Health Aides 82
Cluster Care Confidentiality 85
Compassion 85
Edited Vignettes: Breaking the Ice and Introducing Techniques 86
Ch. 10 Developing Trusting Relationships Between White Clients and Black Aides 91
Results Obtained from the Videotape 93
Symposium Discussion 93
Pt. IV COHME's Approach to Geriatric Case Management 97
Ch. 11 Principles to COHME's Case Management 99
Geriatric Case Management 100
Range of Services Provided by Professional Geriatric Case Managers 101
Contributors to Case Management 105
Case Study Illustrating Aspects of Skilled Case Management 108
Controversies in the Case Management Field 111
New Directions 113
Ch. 12 Teaching the Uses of the COHME One-Sheet 115
Presentation 115
Concluding Thoughts 119
Index 121
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