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  1. Galambos, Colleen PhD, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, LCSW-C
  2. Starr, Julie APRN, FNP-BC
  3. Musterman, Katy MBA, BSN, RN
  4. Rantz, Marilyn PhD, RN, FAAN


This exploratory qualitative study examined staff perceptions of social work student contributions to client services, family and client communication, and staff workload in an independent living setting for older adults. Ten employees who had contact with the students, clients, and family were interviewed using a semistructured interview method. The findings suggest a positive response to the presence of social work students in the enhancement of home healthcare and in this independent living environment. In particular, their contributions were viewed as helpful in client quality of life, quality of care, communication with clients and families, and work performance.