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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.35 No.3 September 2011. -

Social work with older people deals with improving their capacity and ability to face and resolve problems, and with

raising awareness and encouraging their environment to maintain relational networks. Based on research regarding social

work with older people this paper presents the historical aspect of older people’s position within the development of

institutional care for older people in Slovenia. The paper attempts to show some characteristics of care in institutions for

older people in a historical perspective, considering the introductory description of older people’s position in modern society,

some characteristics of the total institution and a definition of the specifics of social work with older people. In the

past the mission of the social worker in old people’s homes was exclusively conceived on the basis of their relationship

with the residents. Today, it is the administrative function that is more in the foreground. Regardless of the deviations

seen in today’s mission of social work as compared to the past, individual work with residents has always been and remains

its characteristic today. Social workers help residents adapt to life in the home and the new institutional environment.

They ensure that every individual’s maximum abilities are considered, help solve the residents’ problems, function

as mediators in conflicts between the residents, and between the residents and staff. Therefore, social workers are expected

to have certain abilities and characteristics and in order to be able to carry out quality work they need to participate

in continuing education.

history; total institution; old age; older people; social work



Autor: Jana Mali -

Fuente: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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