An exploration of making the transition from living and working in a congregated setting to the community
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The main focus of this study is to explore what effect the move from congregated settings to community living has had on the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. The study seeks to establish whether there are some positive aspects of care that were provided before in the congregated setting that are no longer being used and to understand how the transition is progressing. Furthermore, the research will consider whether regulation and monitoring of disability services has contributed to improving the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability, who currently reside in community based living. The transition from congregated settings to community living is currently ongoing. Presently in Ireland there still are people with an intellectual disability residing in congregated settings. It is the goal of specific policies such as the HSE time to move on from congregated settings to ensure that all people with an ID are living in community based settings and have a good quality of life with good integration into their community. Due to this transition still ongoing in Ireland, I feel it is important to conduct a study into it. Community based living refers to full time residential services and supported independent living. I interviewed eight participants in total for my study. All participants will have experienced both settings. Four participants were support staff who worked in both settings. Four participants presented with an intellectual disability and have lived in both settings. Objectives of the study are: firstly, to explore the views of participants who have lived and worked in congregated settings and community living. Secondly to identify any challenges experienced by participants living and working within the current care setting of community living. Thirdly, to investigate what supports can be put in place for participants living and working in community living to assist with any challenges identified. Finally, to examine the effect that the introduction of legislation implemented by monitoring services such as HIQA has had on disabilities services focusing on providing community based housing. Key findings that emerged from the study was that people with an ID were happier in their new homes. They noted improvements in their home and surroundings such as larger bedrooms and more space. They voiced displeasure about the congregated settings around areas such as choice, physical living conditions and daily living. Additionally, Participants felt people with an ID more input into their care around areas such as activities, GP and community integration. Some issues which arose for participants were in the area of housing sharing with other residents with an ID that they may not be compatible with, the financing of community living and also the increase in paperwork.
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