You are out in the field as a social worker, on a home visit with an elderly client. The client’s house is in disarray with food and garbage strewn across the floor. The dishes haven’t been washed in weeks. Additionally, the client has wet herself, but doesn’t seem to notice. You note that she seems more confused than usual. You contact the client’s daughter who is supposed to be keeping tabs on the client daily and helping her to maintain her home and hygiene. The daughter states that she’ll be right over to the home. Several hours pass and the daughter never arrives. You are new to the profession and have never before faced this scenario.
Address the following in your discussion: What are the critical issues that must be addressed? Who should this worker contact and what questions should she be asking? Provide feedback for at least one other peer. Be specific. Give examples.