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Providing Home Care for Older Adults
A Professional Guide for Mental Health Practitioners

ISBN 9780367345273
Published September 9, 2020 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

A practical guide to providing home-based mental health services, Providing Home Care for Older Adults teaches readers how to handle the unique aspects of home-based care and apply and adapt evidence-based assessment and treatment within the home-based setting.

Featuring contributions from experienced, board-certified home care psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists, the book explains the multifaceted role of a home-based provider, offers concrete and practical considerations for working within the home, and highlights adaptations to specific evidence-based methods used in treating homebound older adults. Also covered are special topics related to hoarding, safety, capacity evaluations, caregivers, case management, and use of technology. Each chapter includes engaging case examples with practical tips that illustrate what it is like to work in this new and exciting frontier. 

Psychologists, counselors, and other mental health practitioners in home settings will be able to use this guide to provide effective home-based care to older adults.

Table of Contents



Michele J. Karel

Part 1: What is Home Care?

Chapter 1

Introduction to Home-Based Mental Health Care; Models, Roles, and Reflections

Tamarra Crawford, Michelle E. Mlinac, Pamela L. Steadman-Wood, and Danielle L. Terry

Chapter 2

Working Within a Team

Pamela L. Steadman-Wood, Kimberly E. Hiroto, and Harriette Grooh

Chapter 3

Establishing and Maintaining a Therapeutic Relationship

Janet Yang, Marc Parker, and Carlos Santell

Part 2: Practical Considerations

Chapter 4

Managing the Home Setting and Mobile Office

Ann T. Landes and Carolyn T. Jackson

Chapter 5

A Private Practice Model of Providing Mental Health Services for Older Adults: Perspectives of a Practicing Provider

Maureen E. Sweeney

Chapter 6

Managing Safety Concerns in Home Care

Danielle L. Terry and Brian Zuzelo

Chapter 7

Addressing Hoarding in Home Care

Michelle E. Mlinac

Chapter 8

The Social Worker in Home Care

Donna Reulbach and Fred Pasche

Chapter 9

The Psychiatric Prescriber in Home Care

Marc Nespoli

Part 3: Assessment and Treatment Considerations

Chapter 10

Assessment Screening Tools and Approaches

Courtney O. Ghormley and James "Chip" Long

Chapter 11

Capacity Evaluations in the Home

Michelle E. Mlinac and Jenny Yen

Chapter 12

Implementing Evidence-Based Psychotherapy in the Home

Julie Loebach Wetherell, Amanda R. W. Steiner, and Shannon Sisco

Chapter 13

Treating and Supporting the Caregiver

Angela W. Lau And Megan E. Gomez

Chapter 14

Training Future Home-Based Care Providers

Pamela L. Steadman-Wood and Rachel L. Rodriguez

Chapter 15

Special Considerations in Home Care

Luis Richter, Ami Bryant, William Gibson, and Clair Rummel

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Danielle L. Terry, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified health psychologist and Director of Behavioral Science at the Guthrie Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Michelle E. Mlinac, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified geropsychologist at VA Boston Healthcare System who has worked in home-based primary care since 2008. She is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Pamela L. Steadman-Wood, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified geropsychologist. She has worked for the Providence VA Medical Center’s home-based primary care program since 2007. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.