Quality of life in group homes and older persons' homes

Higgins, L. and Mansell, J. (2009) Quality of life in group homes and older persons' homes. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 37 (3). pp. 207-212. ISSN 1354-4187. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Older people with intellectual disabilities sometimes live in older people's homes rather than homes for people with intellectual disabilities. Little is known about their quality of life in these homes. A non-equivalent comparison group design was used to compare the quality of life of 59 people in three groups; older people without an intellectual disability living in older people's homes (n = 20), older people with an intellectual disability living in older people's homes (n = 19) and older people with an intellectual disability living in intellectual disability homes (n = 20). Data were collected on participant characteristics, adaptive behaviour and three aspects of quality of life; community involvement, participation in domestic living and choice making. The three groups were comparable in terms of gender, ethnicity and additional impairments but the older people without an intellectual disability were older and had more adaptive skills than the other groups. Older people with an intellectual disability experienced better quality of life outcomes in terms of participation in meaningful activity and community access when they lived in intellectual disability homes compared with older people's homes. It was not possible to achieve reliability on the measure of choice-making. This study provides some evidence to suggest that older people with an intellectual disability may be best served in intellectual disability homes rather than older people homes and that it is an area of research which needs further exploration.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 Mental handicap and social care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jim Mansell
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 09:20
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2011 14:30
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23752 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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