Nursing home social workers and allied professionals: Enhancing geriatric mental health knowledge

Robin Bonifas

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Abstract

Research has highlighted the challenges social services professionals face in providing quality psychosocial care to persons living in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). A primary area of difficulty is addressing the needs of persons with mental health conditions, including problematic behaviors associated with dementia. This study evaluated the geriatric mental health knowledge of a sample of SNF social service directors (n=120) and found that although, on average, practitioners have a good level of general knowledge, their understanding is limited regarding the symptoms of dementia and effective interventions that can address associated problematic behaviors. Implications for social work education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)809-832
Number of pages24
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume37
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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