Applying social work skills in practice
Applying social work skills in practice

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Applying social work skills in practice

3.1 Moving on

It is useful to think about moving into residential care as a transition. As you discovered in the previous section, transitions are significant events in a person’s life, which mark one ‘stage’ or period of life from another: starting or leaving school is one example, becoming a new parent is another. These are major changes that can affect how the person sees themselves. Life changes and transitions can be experienced both positively and negatively, and often bring with them a mixture of gains and losses. Moving home at any age can have an emotional impact, especially when people feel a strong attachment to where they live. The first activity will help you to start thinking about this.

Activity 8 Losing your home

Allow about 15 minutes

Imagine that you suddenly have to leave your home without knowing if or when you’ll be able to return. You will be moving into temporary shared accommodation, with limited space. Add your responses to the questions in the diagram below.

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You may have found it difficult to imagine how you would feel in this situation. You might have mentioned feelings of loss, fear, anxiety, anger or sadness. There would be a loss of familiar routines. You might lose contact with friends and neighbours, and miss seeing familiar faces in shops, at bus stops or just going about your day-to-day life. Change is not just about loss, however: perhaps you also identified positive emotions associated with meeting new people or moving on from unsupportive situations.

What would you take with you? Apart from essential items, you probably mentioned small reminders of home, practical things that make you feel comfortable, or keepsakes that summon up happy memories. In other words, you might take things that reflect your identity.

In the next activity, you focus on the lives of three people who have moved into Drummond Grange, a care home that provides residential nursing care and support for both younger and older adults with physical disabilities, or long-term health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. The activity is split into two parts: the first focuses on the experiences of people moving into a care home, and the second invites you to think about your response to what you have seen and heard.

Activity 9 Supporting people with transitions

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