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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

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

Gretchen E. Alkema

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0083

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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