Early onset ageing and service preparation in people with intellectual disabilities: Institutional managers’ perspective

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Title Early onset ageing and service preparation in people with intellectual disabilities: Institutional managers’ perspective
Author Lin, Jin-Ding; Wu, Chia-Ling; Lin, Pei-Ying; Lin, Lan-Ping; Chu, Cordia Ming-Yeuk
Journal Name Research in Developmental Disabilities
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Although longevity among older adults with intellectual disabilities is increasing, there is limited information on their premature aging related health characteristics and how it may change with increasing age. The present paper provides information of the institutional manager's perception on early onset aging and service preparation for this population. We used purposive sampling to recruit 54 institutional managers who care for people with intellectual disabilities in Taiwan. The present study employed a cross-sectional design using a self-administrative structured questionnaire that was completed by the respondents in November 2009. The results showed that more than 90% of the respondents agreed with earlier onset aging characteristics of people with ID. However, nearly all of the respondents expressed that the government policies were inadequate and the institution is not capable of caring for aging people with ID, and more than half of them did not satisfy to their provisional care for this group of people. With regard to the service priority of government aging policy for people with ID, the respondent expressed that medical care, financial support, daily living care were the main areas in the future policy development for them. The factors of institutional type, expressed adequacy of government's service, respondent's job position, age, and working years in disability service were variables that can significantly predict the positive perceptions toward future governmental aging services for people with ID (adjusted R2 = 0.563). We suggest that the future study strategy should underpin the aging characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and its differences with general population to provide the useful information for the institutional caregivers.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2010.09.018
Volume 32
Issue Number 1
Page from 188
Page to 193
ISSN 0891-4222
Date Accessioned 2011-10-11; 2012-02-14T05:33:19Z
Date Available 2012-02-14T05:33:19Z
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Care for Disabled; PRE2009-Mental Health; PRE2009-Public Health and Health Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42589
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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