Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care
Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care

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Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care

4 Conclusion

In this course you have considered a range of responses and feelings that services users may experience during the transition into residential care, and have identified strategies that can be used to support them with this move. Passing on comprehensive information about the service user to care providers will help them to respond more effectively to the service user's needs. Being able to provide relatives and service users with information about possible placements and negotiating with providers on their behalf to ensure that service users' needs are catered for is an important aspect of the social work role. Supporting service users and their families in the transition to residential care will provide opportunities to demonstrate competence in key roles.

Key points

  • Moving into residential care can be experienced positively and social workers can play a significant role in supporting service users with such transitions.

  • All assessments of needs should take into account the life experiences, strengths and preferences of service users.

  • Residential care homes should respond to the diverse physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of residents.

  • All service users, children and adults, who move to or from residential care will experience feelings about the transition which need to be understood.

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