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Older peoples’ sacrifice during COVID-19 pandemic

Working with Older People

Purpose: This paper aims to reflect on the roles that are socially attributed to older people in the COVID-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach: A discourse analysis of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for older people and news articles to explore their concepts about this population during COVID-19. Findings: The author’s interpretation suggests that the WHO provides a restrictive model of action for older people in the pandemic. The history of these people is not valued, and their actions are limited to the maintenance of biological life. This restriction can lead to sacrificial behavior models depicted in the news, demanding a reconceptualization of the notion of older people. Originality/value: The public model of older people is dangerous for this population during COVID19. The care for older people in this pandemic demands that we co-construct an active role with them for this crisis.

Last updated on hub: 29 December 2020

Older workers in the time of COVID-19: the senior community service employment program and implications for social work

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

It has long been the goal of many gerontological social work scholars to increase the ability and opportunity for people to be engaged in paid and unpaid work throughout the life course. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing and exacerbating the financial insecurity of many older adults. This paper reviews information related to older workers and how they might be affected by this pandemic and its aftermath, paying particular attention to the most socioeconomically and physically vulnerable older workers. The reserchers also offer first-hand experiences from our careers working with and conducting scholarship on older workers, paying particular attention to recent actions by many in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) network to provide paid sick leave to its low-income, older adult participants. The paper concludes with implications for social work scholarship and teaching, noting the uptick in technology use among older adults and the disparities that remain, as well as teaching that integrates discussions on the lifelong and cumulative effects of inequalities and marginalization and the need for additional researcher, student, and community collaborations.

Last updated on hub: 20 June 2020

On site testing for adult social care services: rapid lateral flow test kits

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance explains how adult social care services can prepare and manage on-site lateral flow testing. This can include testing of people who work in social care; professionals visiting a social care service for work; people getting care and support from social care services; people visiting someone who gets care and support. Lateral flow antigen testing involves processing a throat and nasal swab sample with an extraction fluid and a rapid lateral flow device (LFT). The rapid LFT detects a COVID-19 antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with COVID-19. If this antigen is present, then a coloured strip will appear which indicates a positive result. Lateral flow testing is not a fool proof solution: it should be seen as an addition to PPE and other IPC measures and must not be seen as a way of relaxing their use. The guidance covers: testing process overview; testing technology and preparations; and testing instructions (prepare testing area, check-in the person being tested, sample collection, sample analysis, result analysis, process and record results, and results guidance). [Published: 24 March 2021; Last updated: 18 June 2021]

Last updated on hub: 08 March 2021

Once in a hundred years: does COVID-19 present an opportunity to restructure the professional image of the social worker in Israel?

British Journal of Social Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed social work in the limelight alongside the various medical professions and has created a rare opportunity for transforming the oppressed image of the profession. Based on a broad perspective—historical, social and political—we show how the development of a collective needs-conscious identity can lead to active protests on the part of social workers against their condition. This process is brought into sharp focus by critical analysis of media reports on the protests held by social workers in Israel in July 2020. An analysis of the struggle points to a number of factors that are responsible for its success: creating a collective consciousness with respect to the profession and the use of anger (as against fear); increasing the visibility of the profession in the public eye and the media; developing a dialogue that defined the party responsible for oppressing the status of the social workers; highlighting the ramifications of this oppression not only on the social workers but also on society as a whole; and using rhetoric that enabled the professional struggle to be ended and collaboration to be continued. The significance of these findings and their theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Last updated on hub: 10 August 2021

One of the worst things as a professional working during Covid is that feeling of absolute helplessness

Professional Social Work

This article highlights the difficult judgements social workers are having to make during the Covid (coronavirus) pandemic. It provides an insight from a social worker in a community team, working with an elderly couple. In this example, an 80-year-old woman with dementia needed support, as her husband had been admitted to hospital and he was her main carer. The husband was soon discharged from hospital because he had been on a ward with a Covid positive patient. Some of the difficult ethical judgements the social work had to consider included: if the woman with dementia had capacity to make decisions about the discharge care of her husband; if a Mental Capacity Assessment needed to be conducted under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and if the woman had not had capacity, what would the social worker have found to have been in her best interests? In this case example, both the husband and wife tested positive to Covid and were admitted to hospital. The social worker accounts the feeling of 'absolute helplessness' working as a professional during the pandemic. The social worker also notes her frustration that social care and health still do not have access to the same systems of information so that she was not able to find out how the patients were doing while they were in hospital. Sadly, the husband passed away while in hospital and the wife was discharged to a care home. The social worker reflects on the difficult decisions that need to be made. While social workers are encouraged to promote choice and independence, during the pandemic 'it's like walking a tightrope with perilous risks either side'. There were also considerations under the Human Rights Act (1998) - i.e. the right to private and family life in balance with the right to life. From the perspective of the social worker, what stood out most in this case was the importance of humanity, being human, and the relationships that exist to get us through every single day. The social worker notes her concern that soon there will be a new pandemic of burnt out professionals experiencing post-traumatic stress from the events of the past 12 months and the sheer volume of death they have had to work through.

Last updated on hub: 19 April 2021

One size does not fit all: moving towards delivering culturally competent services

Healthwatch Enfield

Findings of a survey to understand the impact of Coronavirus on local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities across Enfield. A key lesson from this report is that specific community groups used different services in different ways and as a result had different views about the support they need. It is also clear that the existing methods of cascade with a strong reliance on online communication do not work for everybody in BAME groups. A common issue is the lack of trust in the system, based on people’s previous experiences of giving feedback, only to see no action resulting from their efforts. The report finds that: 54% of respondents said that they have not received the help and support they need; a significant proportion of respondents prefer to access information through television or radio in their own language; 1 in 10 people said that accessing services online had stopped them from getting the help they need; 40% said that English is not their first language; 30% said that they need a translator to communicate during health appointments, so using a telephone to do this was a problem for them; 53% of people reported that they would not be having the flu vaccine this year, and their comments provides clear reasons for this decision. The report makes six recommendations to ensure that individuals from BAME communities in Enfield are able to access the care and support they need in the future, including developing and investing in culturally competent research which is informed by communities and address areas of concern to them.

Last updated on hub: 07 December 2020

One year on: three myths about COVID-19 that the data proved wrong

The Health Foundation

This analysis highlights three ‘myths’ that were prevalent at the very start of the pandemic, using a common measure ‘years of life lost’ to describe what each death meant. The three myths are: ‘Those who die from COVID-19 would have died soon anyway’; ‘It’s just a bad flu season’; and ‘COVID-19 is the great leveller – we are all equally at risk’. The analysis reveals that in the first year of COVID-19 (5 March 2020 to 5 March 2021), 1.5 million potential years of life were lost in the UK as a result of people dying with the virus – in England and Wales alone this figure is 1.4 million; on average, each of the 146,000 people who died with COVID-19 lost 10.2 years of life; in a bad flu year on average around 30,000 people in the UK die from flu and pneumonia, with a loss of around 250,000 life years – this is a sixth of the life years lost to COVID-19; COVID-19 was not the great leveller – people in the 20% most deprived parts of England were twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as those in the least deprived areas. They also died at younger ages, so may have lost more years of life. While existing health inequalities mean these people may have had lower life expectancy, the analysis found that in total, 35% more lives were lost in the 20% most deprived areas than the least, with 45% more years of life lost in total. On average, each person who died in the most deprived quintile lost 11 years of their life, compared with 10 years in the least deprived.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2021

One year report on the status on the non-devolved provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020: March 2021

Department of Health and Social Care

One-year status report on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active. The Act was designed to protect public health in various ways, with the ultimate aim of facilitating sufficient preparation for a worst-case scenario. The Act ensured that the NHS had the capacity to deal with the peak of the virus by allowing the temporary registration of nurses and other healthcare professionals. It also protected critical societal functions and ensured that they were still able to continue, such as providing courts with the ability to use video technology. The Act meant that we were able to ensure effective support packages such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme were in place for people and businesses alike. To achieve this aim, the Act enables action in five key areas: increasing the available health and social care workforce; easing and reacting to the burden on frontline staff; supporting people, providing access financial support when they need it; containing and slowing the virus; and managing the deceased with respect and dignity.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2021

Only connect: the impact of Covid-19 on older LGBT+ people

Opening Doors London

This report evaluates Opening Doors London’s (ODL) own response to the lockdown and explores the experiences and feelings of its members during this turbulent period. ODL provides information and support services specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) people over 50 in the UK. The report is based on a survey of ODL members, with input from the staff and volunteers who swung into action to reconfigure the delivery of vital services in order to continue supporting some of the most vulnerable members of the LGBT+ community. The survey has evidenced the extent of loneliness and social isolation experienced by a group of older LGBT+ people living in London, which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown and worsened both physical and mental health. It also evidenced that the recalibration of ODL services meant that we were able to continue support for this vulnerable population. Findings include: 50% of respondents reported a negative impact on their psychological wellbeing; 18% felt much more depressed than usual; 23% experienced worsened physical health during lockdown; 37% felt more lonely than usual; 27% hardly ever or never had someone to talk to.

Last updated on hub: 18 November 2020

On-site testing for adult social care services: rapid lateral flow test guide

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance is for all adult social care services where on-site testing is conducted using rapid lateral flow tests. provide guidance on how to prepare and manage on-site lateral flow testing. On-site testing can reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) but it does not completely remove the risk of infection. All other IPC measures must continue to be followed. It covers: rapid LFT technology, training and safety; how to use the handheld scanner; preparing the testing area; checking in the person being tested; sample collection; sample analysis; results analysis; process and record results; and results guidance. [Last updated: 5 July 2021]

Last updated on hub: 30 June 2021

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