ERIC Number: EJ836187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
People with Intellectual Disabilities Living in Generic Residential Services for Older People in the UK
Thompson, D. J.; Ryrie, I.; Wright, S.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v17 n2 p101-108 Jun 2004
Background: As part of a UK programme of work focusing on older people with intellectual disabilities, the circumstance of those who reside in generic services for older people were investigated. Materials and methods: Questionnaires were sent to 2570 residential and nursing homes in 53 local authorities across the UK. Results: Five hundred and thirty returned questionnaires identified 215 people with intellectual disabilities currently living in 150 homes. They were significantly younger than the other residents, and were placed in these homes more often because of organizational change or the ageing/death of a family carer, rather than any changes in their own needs. Several potential indicators of a low quality of life were identified, including limited opportunities to get out, to access day services, to have contact with family or friends and to receive input from professionals outside the home. Conclusions: Attention needs to be given both to people with intellectual disabilities already residing in older people's services and to the prevention of further inappropriate placements.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Quality of Life, Nursing Homes, Organizational Change, Residential Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Older Adults, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Age Differences, Day Programs, Social Networks, Social Isolation, Well Being
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom