This Master of Social Work practicum report addresses the area of British Columbia adult guardianship and planning statutes and the interpretation and operationalization of these statutes at various practicum locations (Northern Health Authority, British Columbia Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, and Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry) with respect to persons with dementia. The purpose of this practicum was to develop insight into the effectiveness of the adult guardianship and planning statutes in empowering persons with dementia by protecting their rights, promoting their self-determination, and preventing abuse, neglect, and/or self-neglect. The student integrates theory and practice throughout this practicum to explore this topic and, finally, proposes recommendations for social work policy and practice.
In response to a growing prevalence and impact of chronic disease and with the expected exponential increase in the population of older people, the medical system in British Columbia began a shift from an acute response toward a more proactive and 'planned care' orientation (BC Ministry of Health, n.d.). The Health Authority and the provincial government committed to working together toward changing the face of health care for patients (Northern Health, n.d.). The Health Authority, therefore, has undertaken a system change approach toward the provision of integrated primary health care, where interprofessional teams (IPT) provide holistic care, using a person centered approach... Page 1.