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'I'm like a tree a million miles from the water's edge': Social care and inclusion of older people with visual impairment

Percival, J. and Hanson, J. (2005). 'I'm like a tree a million miles from the water's edge': Social care and inclusion of older people with visual impairment. British Journal of Social Work, 35(2) pp. 189–205.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch178
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Abstract

The care and support of older people with visual impairment is a neglected public-policy issue, despite the growing numbers affected by sight loss in later life. A recently completed study of four hundred people aged over fifty-five has gathered data about experiences of sight loss, coping strategies, support needs, home environments, social contacts and information needs. This paper reports on a prominent concern arising from research-the connection between unmet social-care needs and social exclusion. Discussion focuses on identifying and assessing needs, major problems and priorities raised by interviewees, and service initiatives that promote inclusive social care. Conclusions are reached that social workers and other allied professionals can best promote socially inclusive support through inter-agency co-operation, and practical suggestions are presented as to the possible shape and direction of collaborative work.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2005 The British Association of Social Workers
ISSN: 0045-3102
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 18446
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2009 13:50
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2012 08:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/18446
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