ERIC Number: ED237665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Needs of Developmentally Disabled Skilled Care Facility and Intermediate Care Facility Residents as Compared to Their Non-institutionalized Peers.
The Center for Independent Living of Greater Bridgeport and its operating agencies conducted a survey of 32 people, the majority of whom were developmentally disabled and residents of institutional or community settings, in both rural and urban areas. The aim of the survey was to determine the perceived needs and levels of independence experienced by these two distinct populations. A questionnaire was developed to gain information on individuals' lifestyles, services used, and levels of satisfaction. Areas addressed were demographics, education, employment and training, income and benefits, housing, recreation and leisure time, transportation, as well as medical treatment, counseling, advocacy, and legal issues. Overall, the findings showed that people living in the community reported greater satisfaction and better use of both generic and categorical services in several areas including transportation, vocational training and options, and living situations. It was concluded that people living in the community reported a greater level of independence and fewer needs than their institutionalized peers. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Independent Living of Greater Bridgeport, CT.
Note: Produced in cooperation with the Office of Handicapped Services and the Western Connecticut Association for the Handicapped and Retarded.