Choice and control for people ageing with intellectual disability in group homes
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Many people ageing with intellectual disabilities [ID] age in place in group homes. Participation is a central concept in support and service to people with ID, but age is often a determining factor for participation among this group. Choice and control are dimensions of participation. The aim of this article is to explore how choice and control in the everyday life among people ageing with ID is expressed and appears in the group home´s semi-private spaces. Participant observations and interviews with residents and staff were conducted in four different group homes in Sweden that had older residents. We found four interrelated categories that influence choice and control in everyday life. These categories included spatial and temporal aspects, as well as aspects related to staffing and group home organisation. We found that people ageing with ID are vulnerable when it comes to maintaining choice and control in various situations in the home´s semi-private spaces. We argue that occupational therapists should understand and observe staff´s and resident´s performance in this occupational arena in their evaluations and interventions for people ageing with ID.
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Autonomy; Decision-making; Developmental disabilities; Empowerment; Group accommodation; Later life; Older adults; Participation; Semi-private spaces
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113335OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113335DiVA: diva2:781348