Enhancing relationships in nursing homes through empowermentedit
As our population ages, an increasing need exists for gerontological social workers. An improtant role for these social workers is to help empower older people and their caregivers (Cox & Parsons, 1994). Within the “top-down” hierarchy of nusing homes, the contributions of family members and nurses aides often are overlooked, resulting in feelings of powerlessness and resentment (Mok & Mui, 1996; Tellis-Nayak, 1988). This article describes a model in which social workers help empower these caregivers to become involved in planning the care of nusing home residents.