The role of support staff as people move from congregated settings to group homes and personalized arrangements in Ireland

Edurne García Iriarte*, Janine Stockdale, Roy McConkey, Fiona Keogh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The movement of people with intellectual disabilities into the community is increasingly endorsed by public policy. Whilst staff are critical to a successful transition to the community, there is only scattered research on their role in supporting people to move. In this study, 32 staff and the 16 people with intellectual disabilities they supported to move from congregated settings to group homes or personalized living arrangements in the community were interviewed on two occasions, before (time 1) and after (time 2) the move. In congregated settings, staff steered the move to community living, they helped them to settle in community group homes and supported them to increase control over their lives in personalized community arrangements, where they support became increasingly more personalized and geared towards community participation and development of social relationships. Implications for staff training are drawn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-164
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Volume20
Issue number2
Early online date25 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Congregated settings
  • Group home
  • Intellectual disability
  • Ireland
  • Living arrangements
  • Nursing
  • Personalized support
  • Relocation
  • Support staff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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