Envisioning Quality Psychosocial Care in Nursing Homes: The Role of Social Work

Kelsey Simons, Mercedes Bern-Klug, Sofia An

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This article articulates a vision of excellent psychosocial care in nursing homes using a quality assurance perspective and illustrates how skills of professional social workers can contribute to enhanced psychosocial care in this setting. Building on knowledge of actual and best practice roles for social work in nursing homes, this article serves as a call to differentiate professional social work from paraprofessional social services to support quality improvements for interprofessional psychosocial care and improved quality of life outcomes for residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)800-805
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • Nursing homes
  • Psychosocial care
  • Quality assurance
  • Social work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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