Praca Socjalna (Social work) 2017/05

  • Introduction
    • Gerontological social work - contexts, definitions, challenges (5)
      Gerontological social work is an increasingly autonomous field of social work, which is specific due to the profile of recipients of services. Older people, in comparison with other beneficiaries of social support systems, including the social welfare system, differ in terms of the level of resources available, diversified needs, but above all, the huge internal diversity of this group. Their material, social and life-related resources combined with the need to receive support growing with age cause that as recipients of assistance activities they become an accessible group, but also a demanding group. The aim of the article is to show what gerontological social work is in the broader context of social work. The author also attempts to define and find the specifics of its functioning. It shows it in a more substantive than formal context in a wider context than in Poland.
  • Social care for seniors
    • A senior co-production? Analysis of selected cases of local initiatives for seniors in low- and middle-income countries (29)
      The article is devoted to the presentation of the assumptions of the concept of co-production understood broadly as a conscious and purposeful co-participation of citizens (customers, recipients, beneficiaries) or civil society organizations in the organization and provision of public services. This was done in the context of global aging as a process determining significant changes in the demographics of many contemporary societies. The basis for the empirical investigation was research carried out under the aegis of one of the agendas of the World Health Organization (WHO) - the Center for Health Development (WHO Center for Health Development). They included analysis of case studies of social support for seniors in local environments of low and middle income countries. The key criterion for selecting the analyzed projects was the direct involvement of institutional and non-institutional representatives of local communities in the implementation of projects whose main purpose was to support and activate older people. The author has attempted to demonstrate the potential of senior co-production of individual initiatives that were implemented in various parts of the globe.
    • Enhancing the quality of life of seniors in Slovakia with the help of environmental care services in the light of the experience of the civic association "Familiaris" (54)
      The article analyzes the quality of life of seniors in the natural environment and in the institution based on the experience of the Slovak civic association "Familiaris". It presents types of nursing / nursing services, support and care for seniors. The standards and quality control of the provision of social services, the participation of the family in the provision of nursing services in the field, financing social services (financing models), qualifications of supervisors and supervision and lifelong learning within care services were discussed.
    • An integrated care model on the example of selected social care departments in England (67)
      The article presents social care for the elderly organized on the basis of an integrated model of caring activities of various entities providing services for the benefit of senior citizens. Interdisciplinary cooperation is presented on the example of two branches of community social care in England: Reablement Team and EMI - Staying at Home Scheme. The discussed sections in their functioning are guided by a person-centered approach and striving to maximize the independence and independence of the elderly person.
  • Psychosocial support and health of seniors
    • Evaluation of the quality of life of elderly people with chronic diseases (81)
      The aim of the study was to compare selected aspects of quality of life in chronically ill elderly patients in institutional care and staying in their own homes. The study covered a total of 100 seniors, aged from 65 to 92 years, including 50 charges of the Care and Treatment Institute in Nowy Targ and 50 patients living in their own homes, using home rehabilitation. 50 women and 50 men were examined.
    • Psychological care for seniors and their carers a challenge for social policy (104)
      Demography of aging and old age poses questions that the answer will be important for effective comprehensive care for the elderly, aged and aging caregivers in their environment. Forecasts for the future require an analysis of problems related not only to the answer to the questions about: who people have a better chance of longevity, or the quality and quantity of services in this area will be sufficient, why medical care is not always associated with securing the mental needs of the mentees, but also here is how environmental psychological care is shaped over the carers of the elderly. Developing a comprehensive model of senior care in theory and linking it with the methods already in practice may facilitate the cooperation of many of its sectors to effectively face the challenges of a "graying society".
    • Prevention of falls in older people (117)
      The aim of the study is to formulate recommendations for preventive treatment in people who have fallen or who are particularly prone to fall.
  • Living space of seniors
    • Institutional care for seniors - a necessity or a way to have a good quality of life? (131)
      The characteristic feature of an aging human body is decreasing physical and mental efficiency. After over 75 years, the aging process proceeds relatively quickly, which at the same time forces a greater need for a system of comprehensive services for people with a limited degree of independence. This system should consist of health and care services both in the local environment and in residential care facilities. Institutional care is still the primary form of care for lonely seniors in our country. It protects them against social exclusion, and at the same time provides professional care and support services. The quality of life in social care homes is a problematic issue. The research carried out using the questionnaire interview technique, which was complemented by the freedom of conversation, allowed for a more insightful understanding of the still existing thesis about the negative image of these institutions and the reasons for living in them.
    • A city friendly to seniors on the example of Lublin (150)
      The text is a presentation of good practices of a city organization friendly to the growing number of seniors on the example of Lublin. Referring to indicators of a city friendly to aging according to the WHO, ie public space, transport / communication, housing, social participation, respect and social integration, civic activity and employment, communication and information, environmental support and health services, areas requiring further support were indicated for the benefit of seniors. The article shows the important role of social leaders contributing to the development of the local community.
  • Bookshelf (165)

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