For the sake of their health : older service users' requirements for social care to facilitate access to social networks following hospital discharge
McLeod, Eileen, Bywaters, Paul, 1945-, Tanner, Denise, 1960- and Hirsch, Maureen M.. (2008) For the sake of their health : older service users' requirements for social care to facilitate access to social networks following hospital discharge. The British Journal of Social Work, Vol.38 (No.1). pp. 73-90. ISSN 0045-3102Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl341
Facilitating older service users requirements for access to or re-engagement in social networks following hospital discharge is recognized in social care analysis and policy as critically important. This is because of the associated benefits for restoring physical health and psychological well-being. However, it tends to be a neglected dimension of current social care/intermediate care. Our paper draws on a qualitative study of voluntary sector hospital aftercare social rehabilitation projects in five UK localities, which focused on addressing this issue. Through examining older service users feedback and experience, our study confirms the health benefits of social care facilitating access to social networks at this crucial juncture. By providing sensitive interpersonal interaction, advocacy and educational assistance, social care workers supported older service users re-engagement in a variety of networks. These included friendship, recreational and family groups, health care treatment programmes and locality based contacts and organizations. As a result, material, interpersonal and health care resources were accessed, which contributed to restoring and sustaining physical health and psychological well-being. The process of such social care also emerged as critical. This included ensuring that objectives reflected service users priorities; integrating low-level home care; offering befriending; and challenging the pre-set time frame of intermediate care.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Older people -- Social networks -- Great Britain, Older people -- Intermediate care -- Great Britain, Health facilities -- Discharge planning -- Great Britain, Continuum of care -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||The British Journal of Social Work|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 73-90|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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