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April 8, 2022


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Moving into a care home can have a profound emotional impact on an individual just the anticipation of residential care is one of the biggest sources of fear for the elderly.

Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care, discusses the role of social workers and care staff in supporting individuals through the transition, and how residential environments affect the quality of life.


This course considers working with people in group care and residential settings. Social workers play a critical role in supporting service users in moves to and from residential care, and they should be capable of assessing needs and the quality of care provision. The activities in the course focus on the lives of three people living in a nursing and residential home for elderly and disabled people. Although many of the practice examples relate to work with older people, the values and principles surrounding this work also apply to other service users who make transitions to and from care, for example, children being accommodated or people with learning disabilities. First, you consider the emotional impact that moving into a residential home can have and how social workers can support individuals and their families with this transition. Then you explore the characteristics of the residential environment and its impact on the quality of life of residents. Next, the process of selecting a residential home, the development of personal care plans and the role of the social worker are discussed. Finally, links to practice learning opportunities are suggested, relating to the requirements specified within the key roles: ‘Preparation for assessment of need’ and ‘Support, representation, and advocacy’.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize some key factors which determine the way people experience and manage transitions
  • Identify elements of good practice for supporting people through transitions
  • Discuss how care environments can promote service users’ identity, strengths, and autonomy

Course Curriculum

    • Transitions 03:30:00
    • Design and Organisation of the Care Environment 02:30:00
    • Opportunities for Creativity and Personal Development 01:00:00
    • Making choices and Developing a Personal Care Plan 03:00:00
    • Practice Links 00:30:00
    • Conclusion 00:30:00

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