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A Guide for Nursing Home Social Workers, Second Edition

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A Guide for Nursing Home Social Workers, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826193483

Author: Elise Beaulieu PhD, MSW, LICSW


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"Beaulieu's decades of social work practice illuminate every chapter, her years of networking with colleagues in Massachusetts and nationwide enhance every paragraph, and nuggets of insight earned through successfully establishing meaningful relationships with residents and families are reflected in every word. She knows her stuff and through this book shares it with others who are committed to enhancing the quality of life of nursing home residents through excellent social work services."

From the Foreword by Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW, MA
The University of Iowa School of Social Work

Beaulieu's book... clearly articulates what on-the-ground nursing home social work practice involves... These resources are useful as it is rare to be exposed to this type of information or detail during one's educational training... Beaulieu reveals layer upon layer of social worker roles, responsibilities, and important tools. This is a comprehensive guide for social workers."--The Gerontologist

This completely updated guide for nursing home social workers reflects the latest political, economic, and cultural trends and requirements for nursing home facilities and how they impact social workers. It is the most comprehensive guide to nursing home social work available and includes new chapters on changing expectations and new models for nursing home facilities (including the patient-centered facility), disaster planning, pain in older adults, and families and next of kin as legal representatives. Also included are policies that have been revised or added since the previous edition was published, including information about the new Minimum Data Set (MDS 3.0) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and updated content on dementia, depression, elder abuse, and more.

Key Features:

  • Comprises the most comprehensive guide to nursing home social work available
  • Includes new chapters on culture and diversity; spirituality; disaster planning; pain in older adults; new models for nursing homes; and families as legal representatives
  • Provides new information about MDS 3.0 and HIPAA
  • Contains helpful forms for assessments, screenings, transfer/discharge notes, new HIPAA forms, and many others

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 21, 2012
  • Page Count 410
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826193483
  • EISBN 9780826193490

Table of Contents 



    1. The Changing Face of Nursing Home Social Work 1 2. Basic Orientation 3. Charts and Documentation 4. Assessment and the Plan of Care


    5. The Interdisciplinary Meeting
    6. Room Changes
    7. Facility Staff Training and In-Services
    8. Social Work Consultation in the Nursing Facility


    9. Screenings for Long-Term Care
    10. Preadmission and Admission to Nursing Facilities
    11. OBRA—The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
    12. Legal Auspices of Social Work
    13. The Minimum Data Set and the Social Worker
    14. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
    15. State Surveys and JCAHO Surveys
    16. Policies in the Nursing Facility


    17. Dementia
    18. Depression
    19. Medication and Antipsychotic Medication
    20. Pain in Older Adults
    21. Sexuality
    22. Mental Health Consultants
    23. Groups in Nursing Facilities
    24. Families and Next of Kin
    25. Diversity, Culture, Ethnicity, and Long-Term Care Facilities
    26. Spirituality and Religious Observance


    27. Social Work Ethics
    28. Legal Representatives
    29. Abuse, Neglect, and Mistreatment
    30. Confidentiality


    31. Resident Finances in the Nursing Home
    32. Transfer and Discharge
    33. Community Services
    34. Funeral Arrangements
    35. Disaster Planning
    36. Troubles in Paradise

Appendix: Standardized Forms

Social Service Job Description Sample
Initial Social Service History and Assessment Form
Social Service History Initial Assessment
Quarterly Social Service Note Form
Social Service Quarterly Progress Note
Social Service Evaluation Form
Social Service Evaluation
Interdisciplinary Team Meeting Record
Preadmission Screening Scenario
Identification Screening for Nonrecipients Waiving LTC Screening (Massachusetts Example)
Notices for Transfer or Discharge
Example of 30-Day Notice of Intent to Transfer/Discharge Resident
Example of Notice of Nursing Facility Resident’s Rights Regarding a Transfer/Discharge
Example of a Request for a Hearing
Example of Notice of Intent to Transfer or Discharge Resident With Expedited Appeal
Bed-Hold Form
Bed-Hold Policy and Notice (Massachusetts Sample)
Community Discharge Plan Form
Community Discharge Plan
Nursing Home Social Work Practice Standards: An Example From Massachusetts 349 Health Care Proxy Form (Massachusetts and New York)
Massachusetts Health Care Proxy
New York State Health Care Proxy
HIPAA Policy Example
Online Resources
Glossary of Commonly Used Terms and Abbreviations