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Social Work in Geriatric Home Health Care
The Blending of Traditional Practice with Cooperative Strategies

ISBN 9780789007476
Published November 2, 1999 by Routledge
138 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Hints of a New Kind of Case Management in Traditional Hospital-Based Home Health Care
  •  Chapter 1. The Dying Marriage Counselor: A Poor Family in Crisis
  • Chapter 2. The Overwhelmed Attorney: A Wealthy Family in Crisis
  • Chapter 3. The Eccentric Artist: The Filial Role in Home Care for the Frail Elderly
  • Chapter 4. Elderly Home Care Clients: Maintaining Purpose in Life
  • Chapter 5. Caregivers and Their Ill Spouses: Creating a Health-Promoting Group for Elderly Couples in a Hospital Home Care Program
  • Principles of Health-Promoting Group Formation
  • Forming the Group
  • Fitting In
  • Later Activities
  • Unfinished Business
  • Implications and Observations
  • Part II: Cooperative Home Care in Community-Based Agencies
  •  Chapter 6. Aspects of Cooperative Home Care for the Elderly in Bologna, Italy
  • Chapter 7. COHME’s First In-Service on Cooperativism
  • Situations Taken from Aides’ Problems
  • Staff Situations in the Office
  • Replies from Everyone at the General Meeting
  • Part III: Using Cooperative Strategies--Specialized Training and Supervision of Home Health Aides
  • Chapter 8. Training Aides to Care for Dementia Patients
  •  Chapter 9. Training Aides to Work in Cluster Care with the Newly Dependent Elderly
  •  Dependency
  • Training Aides to Care for Newly Dependent Elderly
  • Edited Text of In-Service Program: Residence Director’s Remarks to Home Health Aides
  • Cluster Care Confidentiality
  • Compassion
  • Edited Vignettes: Breaking the Ice and Introducing Techniques
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 10. Developing Trusting Relationships Between White Clients and Black Aides
  •  Results Obtained from the Videotape
  •  Symposium Discussion
  •  Conclusions
  • Part IV: COHME’S Approach to Geriatric Case Management
  • Chapter 11. Principles of COHMEs Case Management
  • Geriatric Case Management
  • Range of Services Provided by Professional Geriatric Case Managers
  • Contributors to Case Management
  • Case Study Illustrating Aspects of Skilled Case Management
  • Controversies in the Case Management Field
  • New Directions
  •  Chapter 12. Teaching the Uses of the COHME One-Sheet
  •  Presentation
  • Concluding Thoughts
  • Index
  •  Reference Notes Included

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