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Planning and decision making about the future care of older group home residents and transition to residential aged care

Bigby, C., Bowers, B., Webber, R.,

Academic Literature

2010

This study examined perceptions held by family members, group home staff and organisational managers about the future of older resident and the decisions made that a move to residential aged care was necessary.

Three sets of interviews over a period of 18 months were conducted with a family member, house supervisor and the programme manager for each of seventeen older group home residents in Victoria.

While plans for lifelong accommodation in a group home proved unfounded, key person succession plans were effective. However, decisions to move to a residential aged care facility where necessary were made in haste and seen as a fait accompli by involved family members.Although family members take seriously their mandate to oversee well-being of their older relative, they have little knowledge about their rights or avenues to safeguard untimely or inappropriate decisions being made by professionals.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Location : International

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment, Social relationships

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