1st Edition

Older Citizens and End-of-Life Care
Social Work Practice Strategies for Adults in Later Life

ISBN 9781138288720
Published February 28, 2017 by Routledge
198 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Older people are, like younger people, citizens in the communities of the nations in which they live. This book sees ageing as a life journey that incorporates a process of citizening, in which people build their identity as part of their family and community. But the social experience of illness, frailty, disability and reaching the end of life may de-citizen older people by devaluing the social identity that comes from continuing social engagement. We de-citizen older people by emphasizing dependence on services and their cost to public expenditure instead of valuing the interdependence of participation and mutual respect. This book argues that older people retain full citizenship for the whole of their lives, up to the moment of death; but what does this mean for health and social care?

In this groundbreaking book, Malcolm Payne argues that social work with older people must build re-citizening practice strategies to value both the common and the special aspects of the citizenship of older people. Current models of social care and social work create dependency, rather than relying on values of participative interdependence. The failure to recognize the end of life as a crucial element in all social care and social work for older people means that the lessons learned in providing palliative and end-of-life care in healthcare have not been transferred to social care, and the priorities of end-of-life care have not been adequately encompassed in social work with older people.

Table of Contents

Lists of Figures and Tables



1 The ageing journey and the end of life

2 Citizens to the end of their lives: rights and participation

3 Social work and palliative care: contributions to end-of-life care

4 Partnership practice strategies

5 Advance care planning

6 Preparing for later life: adulthood and the third age

7 Direct social work with older citizens in the fourth age

8 Ageing, end-of-life and bereavement care

9 Conclusion: practice strategy for older people’s citizenship



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Malcolm Payne is Emeritus Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University and Honorary Professor, Kingston University; formerly Director of Psychosocial and Spiritual Care, St Christopher's Hospice, London.


'Challenging current practice models in social work and social care, Payne explores the concepts of citizenship, social work and participative interdependence and skillfully demonstrates how these could – and should – be applied to practice with older people at the end of life. This groundbreaking work is essential reading for practitioners and academics alike.' – Sue Taplin, University of Suffolk, UK