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ERIC Number: EJ1024082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Reflections on Change: Supporting People with Learning Disabilities in Residential Services
Salmon, Rebecca; Holmes, Nan; Dodd, Karen
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v42 n2 p141-152 Jun 2014
This study describes research that was designed to explore the reflections and perspectives of staff who had experienced the change from institutional care to person-centred care and learn what factors had supported the change to, and continued adoption of, person-centred care. In-depth, semistructured interviews were conducted with seven participants working in residential homes for people with learning disabilities. The interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Participants described positive changes, for example they were able to offer choice and spend time with residents. They perceived the work as less pressured and more relaxed. For some, this had the impact of encouraging them to work harder and freeing up their time to facilitate forming relationships with residents in the homes. Participants discussed an increased autonomy, responsibility and accountability in their work and a sense of being constantly monitored. There appeared to be reluctance amongst participants to own difficulties and anxieties associated with changes. Participants identified a number of strategies and issues that they felt had supported these changes. The research suggests some areas of consideration for implications regarding future practice in staff support and training within services for people with learning disabilities.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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