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Beset by obstacles: A review of Australian policy development to support ageing in place for people with intellectual disability

Bigby, Christine,

Academic Literature

2008

This paper reviews policy to support the provision of similar opportunities to age in place for people with intellectual disability (ID), and the reasons for its slow development.

Due to lifestyle patterns earlier in the life course, many people with ID experience a mid‐life disruption to their accommodation, and may live in a group home as they age or may move prematurely to residential aged care. The absence of mechanisms to adjust disability funding as needs change, and the existence of policy that denies residents in group homes access to community‐based aged care, forces disability services to “go it alone” to support ageing in place.Despite a national priority to improve the interface between the disability and aged care sectors, administrative and funding characteristics continue to obstruct the development of implementation strategies to support ageing in place for people with ID.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Location : International

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment

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