ERIC Number: EJ935839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Invited Review: Challenges of Residential and Community Care--"The Times They Are a-Changin"
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v55 n9 p933-944 Sep 2011
This paper seeks to examine a number of issues which relate to the provision of appropriate and high-quality residential and community care for people with an intellectual disability. A number of key themes emerging from this Special Issue of the "Journal of Intellectual Disability Research" are identified and explored: (1) normalisation; (2) inclusion; (3) choice; and (4) regulation. It is concluded that the research community has an obligation to assume a higher profile at a time when the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability and their families is under threat. This can be done in a number of ways through: (1) the establishment of demonstration projects, either independently or in association with the voluntary and statutory sector, to explore innovative and practical approaches of enhancing the quality of services offered to people with an intellectual disability; (2) looking at ways of improving the quality of training programmes for care staff by moving away from current approaches that emphasise narrow instrumental competencies to strategies that develop essential expressive and relational aspects of care practice; and (3) offering a more considered and rigorous critique of current professional practice and assuming a leadership role at a time when leadership in this field is lacking.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Quality of Life, Residential Care, Normalization (Disabilities), Inclusion, Demonstration Programs, Delivery Systems, Training, Educational Quality, Caregivers, Caregiver Training, Leadership
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