3 Supporting transitions to residential care
In this section, you explore what good residential care looks like, and consider the values that underpin social work practice when supporting a person’s move into residential care. To fulfil this critical role, social workers should be capable of assessing individuals’ needs as well as the quality of care provision. The practice example used relates to work with older people, but the values and principles that are shown apply to other service users who make transitions to and from residential settings (for example, children being accommodated, adults with physical disabilities or people with learning disabilities).
Before exploring the social work role in detail, you will hear about experiences of residential care from service users and those closely involved with them. First, you consider the emotional impact of moving into a residential home and how social workers can support individuals – and sometimes carers and families – with this transition. You then explore the characteristics of the residential environment and its impact on the quality of life of residents. You will identify the features of care environments that positively support the needs of people with dementia. As you work through the section, you will be prompted to think about social work tasks and values. Finally, you consider the social worker’s role in supporting people in selecting a residential home, and in developing care and support plans.