Date of Paper

5-2013

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Colin Hollidge

Abstract

This study investigated the transition from independent living to long-term care settings from the perspective of social workers currently in the field. This study was carried out using qualitative interviews with semi-structured questions. The sample was made up of five participants. The primary purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the transitional process from independent living to long-term care from the perspective of social workers who are professionally-involved in this process. The secondary purpose of this study was to understand the dynamic issues faced by long-term care social workers and to better understand how their unique experience drives their own insight. The results of the study yielded three distinct themes. Theme one: reassurance, education, and insight on behalf of families. Theme two: admissions and screening. Theme three: administrative strain.

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