You may have the opportunity to work with a service user who is considering entering residential care.
Perhaps you can support them by helping them to identify priorities and accompany them on visits to potential homes.
A joint visit enables you to assess with them how well a particular establishment is equipped to meet their needs.
In considering the suitability of residential placements, you will find it helpful to think about the features of care environments that you met in this unit.
Also, look at the Care Standards for your nation so that you can consider whether these appear to be being met. Using the material in this unit, devise headings for areas you will focus on when assessing the quality of provision.
Similar work can be done with service user groups other than older people in residential care, for example adults moving to hostel accommodation, children moving into or out of foster care, or learning-disabled young people changing supported accommodation.
Care has to be taken to support adults through transitions. You should always consult the Standards that apply to the residential provision you intend to visit, and gain as much information as you can about any possible placement and share it fully with the service user concerned and significant relatives.
In this module you have considered a range of responses and feelings that services users may experience during the transition into residential care, and have identified strategies that can be used to support them with this move.
Passing on comprehensive information about the service user to care providers will help them to respond more effectively to the service user's needs.
Being able to provide relatives and service users with information about possible placements and negotiating with providers on their behalf to ensure that service users' needs are catered for is an important aspect of the social work role.
Supporting service users and their families in the transition to residential care will provide opportunities to demonstrate competence in key roles.
Moving into residential care can be experienced positively and social workers can play a significant role in supporting service users with such transitions.
All assessments of needs should take into account the life experiences, strengths and preferences of service users.
Residential care homes should respond to the diverse physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of residents.
All service users, children and adults, who move to or from residential care will experience feelings about the transition which need to be understood.
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