As easy as ABC? Social Work Interventions in mental health & mental capacity practice with older people. [email protected] presentation. Worldwide and local interests in mental health in later life Listening to experiences and to practitioners
What about people with MH problems that continue with ageing?
Mental health problems facing carersMental health in later life
‘When depression hits me the last thing I want to do is to see the doctor, because it seems hard to define anything as ‘wrong’.’
UA Fanthorpe 1996
Energy is gradually returning and with it increased focus and perhaps a self- confidence that it is repairing itself. My depression could be worse, my demon more angry. Yet I remain fragile and need my refuge. There is nevertheless a desire to move out of my existing victim status…Doom does not overwhelm me, but remains my back-drop every hour of the day.
M Eastman 2005
Neglected of history of medical social work and psychiatric social work with ‘chronic and incurables’
Depression and social work: a call for evidence, action, & engagementReclaiming the past?
Social work role in construction social work with ‘chronic and incurables’
Research around prevalence and risk factors
Practice often around assessment and intervention
Very little on practice of safeguarding
Especially around ‘perpetrators’A Abuse
Upping the social work game social work with ‘chronic and incurables’
Almost impossible to work out where social workers are and what they do in research
Very little on user produced outcomes but promising areaB Better
Social work shady history – taking for a ride social work with ‘chronic and incurables’
‘Failure’ of community care
Liberation or reclaim care homes!
What do residents and supporters and staff want
Some developments but need capturingC Care Homes
In assessing capacity and promoting this
In best interests decision making
In working with conflict and complexity
England – renaissance through Mental Capacity Act 2005D Decisions
Distress, stress, anger, but work that is rewarding and skills needed
Capitalising on hospice social work
Social work as bridge between medical specialities, family and individual, and case managing death at home
'My husband wanted to die at home but the nurse convinced me that he would be better cared for in the hospice. I regret that decision now, I feel guilty, he had no choice or control at the end‘ (SCIE)E End of Life