End-of-Life Care and Social Work Practice
The death of an elderly individual may occur in a variety of settings and circumstances. For example an individual may die painlessly at home surrounded by the support of many loved ones or an individual may suffer severe pain for months before dying in a health facility with little social support. In addition it is possible that many health and helping professionals may interact with the dying person and his or her family.
For this Assignment you consider a social worker’s role in end-of-life care. In addition to reading this week’s resources conduct your own research and obtain at least one additional journal article that addresses how a social worker might support clients as they plan end-of-life care.
Submit by Day July 8 2017 a 2- to 4-page paper that analyzes the role of the social worker in helping to plan end-of-life care. Include possible consideration of palliative care euthanasia hospice care the living will and advanced directives and other factors. Research and cite at least one journal article to support your analysis.
Support your Assignment with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.
Zastrow C. H. & Kirst-Ashman K. K. (2016).Understanding human behavior and the social environment(10th ed.).Boston MA: Cengage Learning.
o Chapter 1 Introduction to human behavior and the social environment: The strengths perspective (pp. 13)
o Chapter 14 Biological Aspects of Later Adulthood (pp. 654-684)
Plummer S. -B. Makris S. & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014).Social work case studies: Foundation year.Baltimore MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
o Working With the Aging: The Case of Francine (pp. 3941)
Bosma H. Johnston M. Cadell S. Wainwright W. Abernethy N. Feron A. & … Nelson F. (2010). Creating social work competencies for practice in hospice palliative care.Palliative Medicine24(1) 7987.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases
Cagle J. G. & Kovacs P. J. (2009). Education: A complex and empowering social work intervention at the end of life.Health & Social Work34(1) 1727.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Dosser I. & Kennedy C. (2012). Family carers’ experiences of support at the end of life: Carers’ and health professionals’ views.International Journal of Palliative Nursing18(10) 491497.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Reese D. J. (2011). Interdisciplinary perceptions of the social work role in hospice: Building upon the classic Kulys and Davis study.Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care7(4) 383-406.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
End-of-life care becomes an issue at some point
for elderly clients. Even with the emergence of palliative care programs
and hospice programs, the majority of elderly people do not die in
their own home as is their preference. What are the reasons for this
trend? Discuss what you can do as a nurse to support your clients in
end-of-life care and in supporting their desires. Support your response
with evidence-based literature