Promoting the rights of older people in health and social care

Published: 05/04/2024

Author: Research in Practice

A new Practice Tool explores the skills, values and knowledge that contribute to good outcomes for older people and their families. To support World Health Day, the resource is open access.  

Social workers play an integral role in upholding human and legal rights, and promoting the agency, autonomy and dignity of older people. The new tool aims to promote good social work with older people and their families, offering insights and evidence from recent findings by the Social Work with Older People research project. 

There’s empathy and deep-rooted respect for people that lends you to approaching people in a particular way. That’s the really difficult thing about the value-base of social work. Actually, it’s about really liking people, really respecting people, really wanting to understand what makes them tick, what they want to do with their life

Social worker

World Health Day highlights the right of everyone, everywhere to have access to quality health services. With constrained access to health and social care resources and growing numbers of older people who require support, the role of social workers is increasingly important.  

The tool is designed for a range of practitioners involved in providing care and support across health and social care. It is important to raise awareness and understanding of what social workers can do to promote access to health care. 

Promoting human rights in health and social care 

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