Psychosocial Practice within a Residential Setting

Psychosocial Practice within a Residential Setting

Psychosocial Practice within a Residential Setting

Psychosocial Practice within a Residential Setting

Synopsis

The Cassell Hospital Monograph Series, No. 1. The first in a series of monographs, intended to present accessible teaching material concerned with the practice of residential care.

Excerpt

This is the first in a series of monographs intended to present accessible teaching texts concerned with the practice of residential care. Residential care is beset not only by inherent difficulties, but also by notorious scandals. There is a reason for this. Residential care demands that people are at close quarters with harrowing and disturbing human agonies and predicaments. Often those difficulties are without immediate prospect of being relieved, or the outcome of care is only a very limited achievement.

The work is therefore perhaps one of the noblest of careers.

However, all -- residents and staff -- are exposed on a long-term basis to these stresses, which take their toll in terms of personal morale and integrity. As a result, it is not surprising that in certain circumstances strange and alarming behaviour results.

Unfortunately, residential care is often provided by young, inexperienced, and insufficiently trained people. This may be because carers soon give up the stress and move on to other things; or, because, with seniority, people move themselves quickly away from the pressure of "coal-face" work.

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