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Geriatric Social Workers

Work Environment

Although geriatric social workers do spend some time in an office setting, they spend much of their time interviewing clients and the directors of programs; they also visit the homes of their clients to evaluate and take notes. They may also visit the homes of clients' families. Although some geriatric social workers work in hospital and nursing home environments, others have their offices in human service agencies alongside other service providers. Serving as an advocate for the elderly client requires—in addition to phone calls, e-mails, texts, and faxes—personal meetings with directors of agencies, local legislators, and others. In cases of abuse and neglect, it may require testifying in court.

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