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Book

Older people and the law

Authors:
McDONALD Ann, TAYLOR Margaret
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
170p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Describes the legal framework for working with older people, following the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and the modernising agenda in health and social care. This book describes the application of law and policy relating to older people in the context of social work practice. It describes the legal framework for working with older people following the modernising agenda in health and social care and the length has been considerably expanded to enable topics to be dealt with more comprehensively. It covers the range of legal issues affecting the welfare and financial security of older people in the community and residential settings, and emphasises the empowering nature of legal knowledge. It also describes and explains the application of law and policy relating to older people in the context of social work practice.

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The Mental Health Act 1983 - the application of the act: admission to hospital and emergency intervention

Authors:
McDONALD Ann, TAYLOR Margaret
Journal article citation:
Elders the Journal of Care and Practice, 4(1), February 1995, pp.27-35.

The first of three articles examining the working of the Mental Health Act 1983 in relation to older people looks at the epidemiology of mental disorder in older people, and considers issues concerning admission to hospital and emergency intervention.

Book

Law and the elderly: an introduction

Author:
McDONALD Ann
Publisher:
University of East Anglia
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
42p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Norwich

Covers the law concerning physical and financial protection, elderly mentally infirm people, frail elderly, and old age abuse.

Book

Social work with older people

Author:
McDONALD Ann
Publisher:
Polity
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
195p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Cambridge

This book provides an authoritative guide to working with older people in a range of settings. It highlights the complexities of individual work with older people, as well as work with families, groups and the wider community. It begins by explaining the demographic changes that have led to a ‘greying’ of the general population. It then discusses the diversity in experiences of ageing across society, and the range of issues which confront older people and those who wish to work proactively with them. Attention is paid to the processes of assessment, care planning and review. Although it has a strong practical emphasis, the book also stresses the value of theoretical perspectives, with insights from fields such as sociology and psychology throughout the book. Links are also made to policy guidelines and organisational standards, without losing sight of the deeper issues that arise when working with older people. The book is designed to be essential reading for social work students and practitioners.

Book

Why family carers matter: a local study of the work of Suffolk Family Carers (part of the Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre Network)

Authors:
McDONALD Ann, BAILEY Sue
Publisher:
University of East Anglia. School of Social Work and Psychosocial Studies
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
41p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Norwich

The report is an evaluation of ‘Suffolk Family Carers’ which is a registered charity providing support for people who are caring at home for a family member or friend who is frail, elderly, sick or disabled.  The evaluation has a number of different strands. Firstly it will look at who uses their services; where in Suffolk they live, which services they use and with what frequency.  Secondly it evaluates whether and how Suffolk Family Carers help carers in their caring role. Thirdly it considers the impact that the organisation has on aspects of carer wellbeing and quality of life, and whether the services enable carers to maintain and develop social and leisure contacts, remain in employment and maintain good health. Fourthly it assesses any preventative impact that the organisation’s services have, in terms of avoiding increased levels of dependency on public services by the carer and the cared-for person. Finally the views of key stakeholders, including commissioning and funding bodies, are sought as to how the organisation is fulfilling its role.

Book

Understanding community care: a guide for social workers

Author:
McDONALD Ann
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
216p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Basingstoke
Edition:
2nd

Second edition of text introducing community care services for people with mental health problems, older people, substance misusers, people with HIV/AIDS, and disabled people.

Book

Understanding community care: a guide for social workers

Author:
McDONALD Ann
Publisher:
Macmillan
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
278p.bibliog.
Place of publication:
Basingstoke

Text introducing community care services for people with mental health problems, older people, substance misusers, people with HIV/AIDS, and disabled people.

Journal article

What is the difference between the nursing home care and residential care?

Author:
McDONALD Ann
Journal article citation:
Elders the Journal of Care and Practice, 4(4), December 1995, pp.53-58.

There is now an increasing overlap in the characteristics and needs of the different populations in long-term hospital care, in nursing home care and in residential care. With the reduction of long stay hospital care there is increasing pressure to discharge patients either into nursing homes or residential care. The article seeks to distinguish between the care provided in nursing homes and in residential homes for older people.

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Access to health care services and information in residential care

Authors:
McDONALD Ann, TAYLOR Margaret
Journal article citation:
Elders the Journal of Care and Practice, 3(4), December 1994, pp.41-51.

In the provision of residential care to older people, health care needs are of importance. On entering residential care people are concerned that access to health care, the range of services, and continuity of care are equal to those available in the community. It is also necessary for the residential home to have continuing support from community services, which include accurate, often detailed, information on the health care needs of their residents. Discusses how information and health care services are accessed in residential care.

Journal article

Elder abuse and neglect: the legal framework

Author:
McDONALD Ann
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 5(2), 1993, pp.81-96.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Looks at the legal framework for defining and responding to elder abuse and neglect in the English legal system. The role of the criminal law, domestic violence legislation, the provision of Local Authority services, registration and inspection of residential homes and dealing with financial matters are considered for their appropriateness to deal with issues and abuse. The emphasis throughout is on a legal paradigm of rights, duties and remedies. Proposals for legal reform are also discussed, and some comparisons are made with other legal systems.

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