Aging Practice Tools

CMS Updates Guidance for Nursing Home Visitation During COVID-19

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Dec 17, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, limitations on visits in nursing homes have taken a physical and emotional toll on residents. Recognizing this reality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently updated its guidance to nursing homes regarding visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this NASW blog to learn about the updated guidance.

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Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Dec 07, 2021

Although serious mental illness is not part of the typical aging process, it can present significant challenges to overall health for adults 50 years and older. This new SAMHSA guide, developed with input from NASW, provides considerations and strategies for service providers and policy makers in understanding, selecting, and implementing evidence-based interventions that support older adults with serious mental illness.

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8 Ethical Considerations for Upholding Privacy and Confidentiality in Social Work Practice

NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review

Dec 07, 2021

Privacy and Confidentiality, 1.07, is one of the most cited areas of the NASW Code of Ethics. This member-only publication, developed by the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review, offers eight considerations for honoring the clinical relationship and communications between social workers and their clients.

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Medicare Open Enrollment: What’s New for 2022 and How You Can Help Your Clients

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Nov 12, 2021

During the Medicare open enrollment period (October 15–December 7), beneficiaries can review, compare, and change their coverage options for the upcoming calendar year. Social workers can mitigate the challenges of open enrollment and help reduce Medicare-related disparities. This NASW blog provides information about broad changes that could affect beneficiary decision making regarding Medicare enrollment.

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Federal Funding for and Administration of Elder Justice Programs

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Nov 10, 2021

Many elder justice services offered by social workers are supported by federal funding. Understanding how elder abuse programs are funded and administered can help social workers both understand the breadth of existing social work roles within the elder justice movement and identify potential resources to support innovation. This open-access publication, one of a four-part NASW series on elder justice, focuses on funding for and administration of elder justice programs within four spheres: aging, disability, intimate partner violence, and crime victim assistance.

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Elder Abuse & COVID-19 (NASW Practice Perspective)

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Nov 10, 2021

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound and disproportionate impact on older adults, including apparent increases in elder abuse. This open-access publication, one of a four-part series on elder justice, explores these effects and highlights resources developed by social workers and other service providers to support practice with older adults.

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