This practical book covers the complex issues involved in assessment procedures and care management. It is addressed to care managers and to social care providers, including staff at all levels. It includes sample forms and many examples, and explains in clear terms the implications of various approaches. The reader is shown not only how best to carry out assessments, but what is the broader meaning and context of specific assessment tasks.
The first chapter explores the difficulties of maintaining the ideals of care in the community, namely, a needs-led person-centred approach, in the face of resource and procedural constraints. It looks at such key current issues as quality of life criteria and the changing role of local authority services from main provider of facilities to enabler or facilitator. Traditional assessment approaches are considered in later chapters as well as techniques for costing services and issues arising from a traditional `unit' costs approach; an alternative `real costs' procedure is recommended and explained, with examples. In the final chapter, care management issues are summarised for people with `very special needs', including adults with profound intellectual and physical disabilities, people with multiple disabilities, potentially life-threatening illnesses or challenging behaviour, and people with serious addictions.
The book is informed by recent research, including major research funded by the Scottish Office which focused on adults with learning difficulties. Implications are also drawn from the authors' broader experiences of working with other client groups.
The authors are to be congratulated on assembling so much useful information, which will be of great assistance to care managers and others. -- Age and Ageing Based on empirical research, this is essentially a practical book which should be of immediate value to those involved in the assessment process... There is a welcome emphasis on the need for the creation of opportunities for individuals, rather than the attempt to fit individuals into groups... A particular strength of this volume is the way in which the authors combine philosophical/policy issues (setting out clearly the philosophical principles underpinning their work), empirical research findings and practical advice... This book is clearly written in a way which should make it accessible to people at all levels in the care-assessment and management process. The principles established are effectively illustrated with 'case' examples... It should be essential reading for all participating in client assessment. -- British Journal of Visual Impairment The authors explore the problems and issues which include the quality of life criteria and the varying procedures for costing services including the traditional and "real" costs. There is a final extremely useful section on the management issues arising with people with `very special needs'. -- Journal of the Institute of Health Education Dr Seed's approach to Assessment is to be commended for improving quality and ultimately saving time. In particular, the client has a central role and the process effectively links commissioners and providers in a positive partnership. -- Stewart Robertson, Group Leader, Disability Team, Kent Statements of good practice are the framework for the application of a needs-led, person-centred approach. The two insights I found most helpful in this study were the "opportunity" approach to assessment, and the conceptual presentation that so effectively interlinks the two processes of assessment and care management. -- Community Care The account of the methodology is clarified by examples of "real" people at turning points in their lives... These personal interest stories make engaging reading taking the process beyond policy data and costings to the realisation of individual need. -- Disability News This practical handbook is based on the authors' research into helping people in transition... The textbook contains an assessment form developed by the authors as well as case material. Additionaly, a useful introduction to costing individual care packages is given. -- Nursing Times This book addresses day-to-day practical issues facing social services staff who carry out patient assessment and care management. It looks at both the skills and knowledge required by staff to undertake assessments and helps staff understand the broader meaning and context of specific assessment tasks they may need to perform. -- Abstracts in Social Gerontology