ERIC Number: EJ1150055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Quality Group Home Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and/or Mental Health Disorders: Yearning for Understanding, Security and Freedom
Shipton, Leah; Lashewicz, Bonnie M.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n5 p946-957 Sep 2017
Background: The purpose of this study was to uncover and understand factors influencing quality of care received by adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental health disorders living in group homes. Methods: The present authors conducted a secondary analysis of data from nine focus group discussions with adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental health disorders, and their family and paid caregivers (N = 52). To focus the analysis, the present authors drew on the research literature to craft a model of quality of group home care using concepts of social inclusion and self-determination, and corresponding staff approaches that include active support and person-centred care. Results: Social inclusion and self-determination for adults in group homes are facilitated by staff approaches and manifest in residents being understood and experiencing security and freedom. Conclusions: The present authors offer recommendations for group home resources, training, communication and outcome measures that promote residents' being understood and experiencing security and freedom.
Descriptors: Adults, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Disorders, Group Homes, Focus Groups, Family (Sociological Unit), Caregivers, Inclusion, Self Determination, Caregiver Role, Freedom
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