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The Social Worker in Long-Term Care

Laura More, MSW, LCSW; Edie Deane, MS-CCC, CCM

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Social Work CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

The Social Worker in Long-Term Care is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides an overview of services in skilled nursing facilities for the social worker new to this setting.

As the population of the United States ages, a growing number of social workers are specializing in elder care and work full or part-time in skilled nursing facilities. Success in long-term care requires the social worker to be familiar with the treatment issues of elders. Knowledge of common medical issues is needed to thoroughly understand the elder’s condition. In the long-term care environment most residents have multiple medical conditions that impact their functioning. Persistent pain and a decreased ability to perform activities of daily living, for example, impact the person’s affective state. Depression, loneliness, and grief are common in elders, and are often seen in long-term care. Understanding Medicare and Medicaid in this setting is vital, as is knowledge of the resources for needed services or equipment. Learning critical issues in elder care gives the social worker an opportunity to improve the quality of life for frail elders in skilled nursing facilities, and help families cope with medical and financial issues surrounding placement in long-term care.

This course will provide a framework for providing care in a skilled nursing facility. It is intended to give the clinician an overview of the important aspects of long-term care that effect treatment, including the structure, organization and reimbursement system of skilled nursing facilities. The average resident and common treatment areas will also be discussed.

Closeout course #20-88 | 2014 | 28 pages | 14 posttest questions 

Learning Objectives

1. List three rights of residents in long-term care
2. Describe the average skilled nursing facility resident
3. Name the top two persons in the skilled nursing facility administration structure
4. Describe three safety issues in long-term care
5. Describe a strategy to address unwanted behavior in a person with dementia

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2019 - 6/12/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits. 

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (Provider #RCST100501); and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Laura More, MSW, LCSW, is a healthcare author and licensed clinical social worker. Laura was one of the founding partners of Care2Learn, a provider of online continuing education courses for the post-acute healthcare industry. She now provides healthcare authoring services. She has authored over 120 online continuing education titles, co-authored evidence-based care assessment area resources and a book, The Licensed Practical Nurse in Long-term Care Field Guide. She is the recipient of the 2010 Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Financial: Laura More receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

Edie Deane, MS-CCC, is a creative leader who infuses all her work with an entrepreneurial spirit. Edie’s career spans healthcare areas from hands-on service to e-business. Her portfolio of experience includes:  leadership, strategic and business development as online education company Care2Learn’s founder/owner; operations, administration, and education/training in national rehabilitation companies; and development of an e-learning department in a prominent healthcare software company. Edie currently owns ED Consulting & Coaching, focused on services for the LTPAC ecosystem. 

Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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