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“Service user” or “client”? Social workers divided on best term

  Social workers are split on whether “service user” or “client” is the best term to describe people accessing social care, a Community Care poll has found. Over 920 people responded to the poll, including over 800 social care professionals and students, more than 50 people using services, and 35 carers and advocates. Thanks to […]

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Could video games have a role in dementia care?

As far as topics for video games go, social care is a pretty unusual one. But a computer games design student is using his experience as a care home assistant to develop a game aimed at stimulating the memories of people with dementia. Life in Memory Lane will encourage players to recreate elements of their lives in […]

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What should you call a social care ‘service user’?

I’m reading a report where interviewees use a number of terms to describe people who use mental health services. They include ‘patient’, ‘client’, ‘service user’ and ‘survivor’ among others. It reminded me of a discussion that cropped up at Community Care Live on whether there was a better term than ‘service user’ to describe people who […]

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The #socialcare60: your top social care tweeters revealed

Thanks to all of you who nominated your favourite social care tweeters for our #socialcare60 Twitter list – the votes are in and it’s time to publish the list. Our original goal was to find your favourite 60 social care tweeters as part of our celebration of 60 years of social work. But, and it is a good […]

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Dementia care and the power of music

Photo: Stevecadman (flickr)One of my friends sent me this video a couple of days ago and it really moved me. It reminded me of the joy that my grandad, who sadly passed away a few years ago after having alzheimers, got whenever my gran played him his favourite tune – Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (he loved […]

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How read-aloud groups can benefit social workers & clients

Reading is often seen as a solitary activity, but socialworkers, clients with mental health conditions and children in care, are amongthose reaping the benefits of read-aloud groups that get staff and patientsreading together. The Reader Organisation, a charity and social enterprise, runs around 300 read-aloudgroups across the country (find your nearest one here). Groups take […]

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New BBC series explores autism & dementia care

Picture: BBC Tonight sees the start of a new two-part series fromdocumentary maker Louis Theroux focusing on two issues familiar to many in thesocial work – autism and dementia. In the first programme – airing at 9pm tonight on BBC Two -Theroux travels to New Jersey, USA, to visit what the programme makers havedubbed ‘one […]

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Mind CEO’s ‘growing sense of injustice’ over government’s Work Capability Assessments

All is not well with welfare, particularly the coalition’scontroversial work capability assessments (WCA) programme. Last week PaulFarmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, resigned from theindependent panel charged with scrutinising the WCA after coming to theconclusion that the Department for Work and Pensions was failing to suitablyoverhaul a system that is ‘damaging people’s lives’. […]

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Is there one small thing that would make life better for carers?

To mark this year’s Carers Week, Community Care is running an online ”carers wall” – a compilation of your comments and suggestions on what would make life better for carers. We’re looking for small, achievable things if possible and you can email us your suggestions, or post them on twitter with the hashtag #carerswall. Please try […]

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