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Accommodation needs for carers of and adults with intellectual disability in regional Australia : their hopes for and perceptions of the future

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Eley, Diann S; Boyes, J; Young, L; Hegney, Desley G
  • Journal Name: Rural and Remote Health
  • Journal Number: Vol.9, No.3
  • Country: Australia

This article provides an in-depth investigation of the accommodation circumstances of a population of aging adults with intellectual disability living at home with parents or in supported accommodation in an Australian regional centre. Given the ageing of both the carer and adult population with intellectual disability our research explored the accommodation needs and perceptions of future lifestyle issues from the perspective of both the carers and the adults with intellectual disability. This study aimed to describe these accommodation circumstances related to a regional/rural location and did not make direct comparisons with urban/metropolitan situations. A total of 146 carers and 156 adults with intellectual disability aged 18-79 years participated in the study. Six major themes were identified: ageing, family issues, living at home, living away from home, government support and funding, and future needs. The perceptions and views of both adults with intellectual disability and their carers around these major themes are reported and discussed.

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