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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology