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A survey of people with intellectual disabilities living in residential aged care facilities in Victoria

Bigby, C., Webber, R., Bowers, B., McKenzie-Green, B.,

Academic Literature

2008

This study describes the distribution and characteristics of people with intellectual disability (ID) in residential aged care in Victoria, provides insights into the pathways they take into aged care, and gives some indications of how facilities adapt to their needs.

A postal survey was sent to 826 residential aged care facilities in Victoria, seeking information from directors about their residents with ID. The findings show that residents with ID were younger, had entered at an earlier age and remained longer than other residents. Their reported dependency profile was similar to the general aged care population, although the incidence of dementia was lower. Primary areas of concern identified by providers were: inability to fit into the resident community, lack of participation in activities and lack of meaningful relationships.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Location : International

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment

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