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Making Life Good in the Community. Measures of resident outcomes and staff perceptions of the move from an institution

Bigby, Christine, Cooper, Brian, Reid, Kate,

Academic Literature

2012

The closure of Kew Residential Services (KRS) in April 2008 signified the shift in policy from the congregation and segregation

of people with an intellectual disability to de-institutionalisation. Most of the KRS residents were relocated to small group homes in the community across metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria.

This report now sets out the findings from that large-scale outcome survey that aimed

to provide statistical indicators of changes to the quality of life of the former KRS residents

who moved to group homes in the community.

Unequivocally the people with an intellectual disability who left KRS to live in small group homes experienced an increased quality of life. Significant positive changes occurred in: the homeliness of their place residence;

the degree of choice they exercised; their community utilisation and person/social responsibility;

their use of community facilities for leisure purposes and other activities; and the size of their

social networks.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Victorian Government Department of Human Services report

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment

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