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Title: Ageing-related experiences of adults with learning disability resident in rural areas: one Australian perspective
Contributor(s): Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid ; Canon-Vanry, Miranda (author); Ryan, Peta  (author)orcid ; Hussain, Rafat  (author); Knox, Marie  (author); Edwards, Meaghan (author); Parmenter, Marie (author); Parmenter, Trevor (author); Janicki, Matthew (author); Leggatt-Cook, Chez (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1111/bld.12145
Abstract: Background: Access to support services in rural areas is known to be problematic both in Australia, and in other countries around the world, but the majority of research on the population of people ageing with learning disability has so far focussed on metropolitan residents. The authors report about select aspects of the lived experience of older adults with learning disability resident in rural locations in two states of Australia. Materials and Methods: This pilot project examined data drawn from 34 semi-structured interviews conducted with 17 older adults and 17 carers. Responses were analysed for thematic areas. Results: It was observed that the capacity of certain rural areas to support meaningful choice-making was limited due to constraints of access to key services, including community-based aged care, generic and specialist health services, and both supported disability and aged-care residential options. Responses indicated that those living in both small- and medium-sized congregate care settings (such as group homes and residential aged-care facilities) had more limited choices and only partial (if any) control over their living situation. Conclusion: An understanding of the needs of older adults with learning disability resident in rural areas is important to ensure that both aged-care and disability support structures are built on individuals' needs.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43(4), p. 293-301
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1468-3156
Field of Research (FOR): 111703 Care for Disabled
111718 Residential Client Care
111702 Aged Health Care
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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