Ambivalence among staff regarding ageing with intellectual disabilities : Experiences and reflections

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Ambivalence among staff regarding ageing with intellectual disabilities : Experiences and reflections
Author Alftberg, Åsa ; Johansson, Maria ; Ahlström, Gerd
Date 2019
English abstract
This study explores the experiences and reflections of staff in intellectual disability (ID) services concerning ageing with ID. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 24 staff members in group homes and daily activity centres. The findings showed that the staff were uncertain about the signs of ageing in people with intellectual disabilities; they compared the life conditions of these people with conditions in older people without intellectual disabilities. Their emphasis on an active lifestyle was very strong. The staff members also mentioned uncertainty about how to facilitate assistive devices and whether ‘ageing in place’ was the best solution. The overall theme was manifested as ambivalence where notions of older people with intellectual disabilities seemed incompatible with notions of old age in general and could be explained by the theoretical concept of age coding. The findings of this study indicate the need to provide education about ageing to staff working in ID services.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629519874997 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1744629519874997 .Icon
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Journal of Intellectual Disability;
ISSN 1744-6295
Language eng (iso)
Subject age coding
intellectual disability service
learning disability
old age
personcentred care
professional perspective
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30188 Permalink to this page
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