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Unpacking barriers to quality care for Deaf people in residential aged care facilities

Willoughby, L.,

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Residential aged care providers often face difficulties in meeting the needs of residents with a lifelong disability. In this article, I explore these issues from the perspective of signing deaf residents. While previous studies have documented a number of issues around staff training and communication for deaf residents, there remains a dearth of literature considering the root causes of these problems. Drawing on interviews with a variety of service providers, this article suggests a number of ways current practices might be improved as well as discussing funding changes required to ensure Australian deaf residents do not fall through the cracks.

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Journal/Publication : Disability & Society

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment

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