Short Title:Social Care Practice and Older People
Full Title:Social Care Practice and Older People
Module Code:SOCA H3000
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Social and behavioural Sciences
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to give students an insight and understanding of Social Care Practice with Older People. Students will have an awareness of the risks associated with aging and how social care workers can respond to these risks. Students will examine the policy, services and issues related to older people and particularly social care for older people. They will gain awareness of the sociological, psychological & physical implications of aging. Studnets will identify the roles and responsibilities of Social Care Workers working with older people in varied settings and apply the principles of professional practice to social care work with older people.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Show an insight and understanding of social care practice with older people
LO2 Examine and analyse the effectiveness of current policy, standards and services for older people
LO3 Be familar with recent reports in relation to older people
LO4 Identify risk factor and issues associated with aging and older people
LO5 Use assessment tools to understand and respond holistically to the individual needs of older people
LO6 Understanding and awareness of signs and characteristics of abuse of older people and procedures in relation to responding to abuse of older people
LO7 Understand aging from a social, psychological and physical perspective
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Caring for older people
Caring for older people, physical, social and psychological factors
Theories in relation to working with older people
Reminiscence Theory, Family Life Cycle Theory, Rogerian client centred Theory, Attachment Theory, Social Model of Care
Holistic assessment of needs and use of risk assessment frameworks. Responding to social, emotional, physical needs of older people based on assessments
Reports and Standards in Relation to Older People
Examination of recent reports and standards in relation to older people and their impact on the provision of services for older people. HIQA National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland (2008)
Abuse of Older People
Awareness of indicators and understanding of abuse of older people, responding to incidents, dealing with disclosures and reporting abuse of older people. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, emotional abuse, neglect, financial, material exploitation. Prevention of abuse and neglect of older people in domestic and care settings Role of social care worker in social care with older people
Role of Social Care Worker
Professional practice when working with older people, role of social care worker
Physical, Psychological and Sociological perspectives on aging and older people
Physical, Psychological and Sociological perspectives on aging and older people
Transitions, loss and bereavement for older people
Transitions, loss and bereavement for older people
Activities for older people
Development of meaningful activity programmes for older people. Social, creative, physical activities.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
No Course Work
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 50.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • M. Joanna Mellor, Patricia Brownell, editors 2006, Elder abuse and mistreatment, Haworth Social Work Practice Press Binghamton, NY [ISBN: 0789030233]
  • Carmel Gallagher 2009, Applied Social Care, 2nd Ed., Chapter 21, Social Care and the Older Person, Gill and Mac Millan [ISBN: 9780717143764]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Ann McDonald 2010, Social work with older people, Polity Press Oxford [ISBN: 978-0745639567]
  • Karin Crawford, Janet Walker, 2009, Social Work with Older People, Learning Matters Exeter [ISBN: 1844451550]
  • Patricia Kennedy, Suzanne Quin (Editor) 2008, Ageing and Social Policy in Ireland, UCD Press Dublin [ISBN: 9781904558958]
  • Ricca Edmondson (Editor), Hans-joachim Von Kondratowitz (Editor) 2009, Valuing Older People: A Humanist Approach to Ageing, Policy Press Bristol [ISBN: 9781847422910]
  • Lisa Nerenberg 2008, Elder abuse prevention, Springer Pub. New York [ISBN: 0826103278]
  • Marlis Portner 2008, Being Old is Different: Person Centred Care for Old People, PCCS Books UK [ISBN: 1898059993]
  • edited by Murna Downs and Barbara Bowers, Excellence in dementia care, Open University Press Maidenhead [ISBN: 0335223753]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Health, Information and Quality Authority 2009, National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland
  • Professor Des O' Neill 2006, Leas Cross Report
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Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 5 Mandatory