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Then ethnic minority elders might feel comfortable in accepting help from outside the family and community. 3). The self perceptions of people growing old in a different country are somewhat neglected in research. It is surely self-evident that 44 Family Work with Elderly People whatever role they might have expected to perform in the family is likely to be changed, by being alienated from their roots. Isolation, rejection, dishonour and disrespect might be expected at different times. However much the family cling to their culture and security, the younger generation at work and school are grappling with a different set of realities; the wisdom of the older family member may be less acceptable.

This is followed by an exploration of certain circumstances which may present a particular set of difficulties for clients, their families and the social worker. Extra knowledge and skill may be needed. These areas are the relatively common experiences of loss and bereavement, ageing in a strange country, mental infirmity, issues around sexuality, alcoholism, and the problems presented if elder abuse is suspected. Statutory social work The legal framework within which services for elderly people must be provided is less extensive than that for child care.

The effective performance of the core tasks of case management is fundamental to the success of field arrangements for communitybased care' (Davies, 1987, p. 170). Challis and Davies (1985, p. 578) identified two groups of clients particularly suitable for life at home with social care planning as a cost effective answer for social service departments: (a) the extremely dependent elderly person with mental and physical frailty who receives a considerable degree of informal support. (b) the relatively isolated elderly person with only a moderate degree of dependency, suffering from a non-psychotic psychiatric disorder.

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