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Social Work and Dementia

Social Work and Dementia

Good Practice and Care Management

Margaret Anne Tibbs

Part of the University of Bradford Dementia Good Practice Guides series

Quick Overview

A practical resource written specifically for social care professionals working with people with dementia and their families, this book gives guidance on person-centred good practice throughout the care process from the initial diagnosis, through day care, respite care, long-term care, and death and attachment.
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Paperback / softback
2001, 8.50in x 6.50in / 216mm x 165mm, 176pp
ISBN: 978-1-85302-904-2
£21.99

Description

A practical resource written specifically for social care professionals working with people with dementia and their families, this book gives guidance on person-centred good practice throughout the care process from the initial diagnosis, through day care, respite care, long-term care, and death and attachment.

The guide will enable social workers to manage their cases effectively and empathetically, making appropriate, culturally sensitive decisions and acting as advocates for this growing client group. It contains essential background material about the financial and legal context, including an explanation of the relevance of the Mental Health Act 1983. The author locates weak points in current provision and makes practical suggestions for future developments. Social Work and Dementia will enable social services to meet the needs of older clients experiencing dementia, and to understand, apply and contribute to new developments in their care.

Reviews

'This short book is directed at social workers and seeks to improve their capacity for reflection about the best approaches to practice in dementia care... A practical resource written specifically for social care professionals working with people with dementia.'
- Age Action

'Throughout the book she appeals as a fellow practitioner rather than researcher... this is an engaging approach.'
- Ageing and Society

'This book gives guidance on person-centred good practice in the process from the point of initial diagnosis. It is a practical resource written specifically for social care professionals working with people with dementia.'
- Age Action Bulletin

'Tibbs' case for developing dementia specific services and her outline for a key role for social work practitioners is a welcome addition to the field, particulary in this time of great organisational change facing health and social care services. The book presents clear and cogent arguements for good professional practice, illustrated with case examples. Contemparary social work's adoption of the care management approach does not in Tibbs' opinion meet the needs of people with dementia. The task-specific and short term nature of care management fails to provide a continuing service for people with dementia and their families. Instead Tibbs' argues for a disability model of care that considers people with dementia as a specific group-including both younger and older people with dementia.This requires specialist training, the development of a "one-stop shop" service, a multidiciplinary approach, recognition for the need of on-going support and person-focused assesment practices. And it is imperative, in Tibbs' veiw, that social work plays a central role in these services. This book presents a helpful guide to practitioners in developing such services and as such is to be recommended.'
- Mental Health Today

Authors

By (author): Margaret Anne Tibbs
Foreword by: Murna Downs