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Psychosocial Concerns in the Context of Geriatric Palliative Care in Nursing Homes: Enlisting the Skills of Social Workers

Bern-Klug, Mercedes PhD, MSW

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2011 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 62–70
doi: 10.1097/TGR0b013e3181ff698f
End-of-Life Care

Psychosocial care is an important aspect of palliative care. This article provides a general overview of palliative psychosocial care issues in the context of nursing home residents and their family members. Depression, suicide, and loss are elaborated upon as related to nursing home residents. Examples of assessment tools are introduced. The article concludes with a description of nursing home social work, and how social work intervention can help address resident emotional and psychosocial issues.

Author Affiliation: School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Correspondence: Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Room 308 North Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.