Working with Older People

By John Harris, Denise Tanner

© 2008 – Routledge

288 pages

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Paperback: 9780415354219
pub: 2007-10-11
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About the Book

Working with older people has become an increasingly important part of social work education and practice. Whether studying community care, adult services, human growth and development, or social work processes and interventions, this book will be a vital source of information and help.

Working with Older People provides a framework of knowledge, skills and values pertinent to qualifying social work courses and the new post-qualifying award in Social Work with Adults, including discussion of:

  • ideas about human development and theories of older age
  • legislation, social policy and social welfare
  • skills for working with older people
  • assessment and care planning
  • partnership working.

Written by two experienced educators and practitioners, this key text facilitates individual or group learning through features such as objectives for each chapter, case studies and further reading suggestions. There are numerous activities throughout the book and the final chapter contains pointers to consider for all of the activities. It will be essential reading for social work students and qualified social workers.


Working with Older People is a welcome new resource for social work students, practitioners and educators. The book is thoughtfully structured and written in a refreshingly accessible style, which does not compromise either the depth of discussion or the range of sources and issues presented… an unusually enjoyable and accessible read.’Journal of Social Work

Working with Older People deserves to be on reading lists on social work courses because it successfully combines discussion of relevant theory, legislation, policy and practice issues in ways that are accessible without being simplistic.’ Ageing and Society

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Understanding Later Life 2. The Policy Context of Work with Older People 3. Assessing the Needs of Older People 4. Planning and Providing Support Services 5. Skills in Working with Older People 6. Working in Partnership to Plan and Deliver Services 7. Values-Based Practice 8. Activities: Pointers to the Issues

About the Authors

Denise Tanner is Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Warwick, UK. John Harris is Professor in the School of Health and Social Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

About the Series

The Social Work Skills Series

published in association with Community Care Magazine

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General