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Confidence of group home staff in supporting the health needs of older residents with intellectual disability

Webber, Ruth; Bowers, Barbara and Bigby, Christine (2016) Confidence of group home staff in supporting the health needs of older residents with intellectual disability. Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, 41 (2). pp. 107-114. ISSN 1366-8250

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Background Increased life expectancy for people with intellectual disability is accompanied by increased age-related health concerns. People ageing with intellectual disability experience more health conditions and are relocated to aged care earlier than their age peers.

Method Group home staff were surveyed about their (a) training and confidence in 11 health conditions and 7 health procedures, and (b) attitude to relocating residents with health needs to aged care.

Results Staff training in each of 10 health conditions and 7 health procedures was positively associated with increased confidence in supporting residents with those health issues. Higher staff confidence in caring for residents with 9 conditions and requiring 4 procedures was negatively associated with a likelihood of recommending that a person with those health needs should relocate to aged care.

Conclusions Targeted training of staff in age-related health issues may contribute to better health care and delay residents relocating to aged care.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: health, ageing in place, intellectual disability, training
Fields of Research: 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2018 03:57
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 04:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3313

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