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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Policies Related to Competency and Proxy Issues

Policies Related to Competency and Proxy Issues

(p.893) 83 Policies Related to Competency and Proxy Issues
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Kathleen Wilber

Gretchen E. Alkema

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the complicated but fragmented legal policies governing protective services, and supportive and surrogate decision-making interventions for vulnerable older adults. Using a case example, it illustrates the ethics and realities of guardianship and guardianship alternatives, legal procedures, and the role of social workers in surrogate decision making.

Keywords:   elderly, decision-making, protective services, social work practice, guardianship

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