This book's main goal is to examine the concept of residential care from a psychological perspective. The chapter authors espouse a psychological approach to long-term residential care and an effort is made throughout the text to present a model of care that encompasses the whole individual. Since psychologists are being increasingly asked to provide consultation to long-term residential care facilities, the need for psychologically-based care models has become apparent. This text offers assistance in developing and maintaining residential care environments that maximize quality of life and personal well-being in the presence of declining physical and emotional resources that are associated with the vicissitudes of living into advanced aging.
Geriatric Residential Care is divided into four parts. Part I addresses psychological and social issues facing the frail elderly who are candidates for, or are living in residential care settings. Part II addresses issues in the assessment of individuals in residential care. Part III highlights the design and execution of intervention strategies in residential care. Part IV addresses how organizational aspects of residential care contexts can optimize the quality and meaningfulness of care.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: General Concepts in Residential Care. R.D. Hill, C. Gregg, Older Adults in Residential Care: A Population at Risk. B.L. Thorn, Defining Residential Care From a Developmental Perspective. K.S. King, M.A. Johnson, Biological, Psychological, and Social Issues Facing Older Adults in Residential Care. Part II: Assessment Issues in Residential Care. T. Schenkenberg, Assessment Strategies and Procedures for Residential Care Placement. T. Grange, A. Morrison, The Relationship Between Medical and Psychological Problems in Residential Care. M.J. Lambert, M.J. Davis, J. Morton, D, Williams, Assessment for Change in Residential Care. Part III: Interventions in Residential Care. P. Dulin, Psychosocial Interventions: General Principles for Use in Geriatric Residential Care Facilities. A. Morrison, Managing Problematic Behaviors. C.G. Davies, B.L. Thorn, Psychopharmacology With Older Adults in Residential Care. Part IV: The Residential Care Organization. K.O. Seiber, Training Residential Staff in Intervention Execution and Maintenance. N.A. Pachana, Designing Therapeutic Environments for Residential Care Facilities. J.B. Bowling, M. Snell, Creating a Progressive Quality Assurance Culture in Residential Care. M. Duffy, J.A. Duffy, The Residential Care Organization in the 21st Century.
"Geriatric Residential Care elucidates the issues and offers a model of care that can serve as the foundation for a health networks strategic planning initiatives. The editors unravel the complexities of offering an integrated model of care, which includes the medical, psychological, social, and environmental needs of the older adult...The publisher recommends the text for administrators, students, and licensed professionals. I suggest that it is also a wonderful resource for consumers who will play an important role in shaping the future of residential geriatric care by influencing social policy and by engaging in personal advocacy."