As a social worker you may have spent many hours online looking for the right resource for your client. It can be frustrating and difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. But there are a few great sites out there for some specific and common needs of older adults. I am always on the look out for more helpful tools to navigating the pools of resources inside the internet. It’s time social workers got with the program, and began to not only use the internet, but start to organize it for other social works and their clients. Take a look below, and you make the call. Do these online sources help you provide the resources and services your client needs?
By providing a hub of Geriatric Care Manager listings this sites offers professionals, and those needing the services, a place to share and receive information and resources. Simply put in your state, zip code, city, what have you, and poof you have a list of Geriatric Care Managers that are either in or service your area. I have used this site many times in my short career. It was especially helpful for clients of mine that lived in rural areas, and had limited access to services. The only down side to this site, that I have seen thus far, is that it in order to be included in the listings, Care Managers must be a member of the Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. However, in 2006 the Association agreed that in order to become a member and thus have a listing, each applicant must hold four specific certifications including; Care Manager Certified (CMC), Certified Case Manager (CCM), Certified Advanced Social Worker in Case Management (C-ASWCM) and Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM).Â
This is a standardized tool, that is easy to use. This tool simply helps you assess your older adult client for depression.Â Â Keep in mind, not everyone who “fails” this is depressed, and not everyone who “passes” it is OK. This is only a general tool for assessment. Further assessment should be preformed if there is suspision of depression.
More online tools to come…stay tuned.