Views of people with intellectual disabilities of their present and future living arrangements.

Roy McConkey, Margaret Sowney, Victoria Milligan, Owen Barr

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

People with intellectual disabilities often have little influence over their choice of living arrangements. Little is known about what they value and their views on the range of options that are available. In this study, 180 people attended 20 focus groups across Northern Ireland. Just over half were living with family carers and the others were in a range of other accommodations. They described what they liked and did not like about their present arrangements and video clips were used to elicit their views of four different living options.Four themes were common to all participants irrespective of where they lived: having their own bedroom, participating in household activities; having access to community activities and contact with family and friends. Those living independently or in supported housing valued their independence and having access to support staff whereas those in residential homes spoke of the importance of their relationships with co-residents and staff. Those living in ordinary housing were more likely to report harassment and to stress the importance of living in a pleasant neighbourhood than did those in residential homes.Most people were content with their present locations although small group homes and supported living arrangements were the most popular alternatives to living with their families. The study confirmed the value of consulting directing with service users and proved an exemplar as to how it can be done. The discussion centres on how their preferences can be incorporated into policy and suggestions for further research are noted.
LanguageEnglish
Pages115-125
JournalJournal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

Fingerprint

life situation
Disabled Persons
Intellectual Disability
disability
present
housing
staff
video clip
management counsulting
Group Homes
Northern Ireland
accommodation
small group
Focus Groups
Surgical Instruments
contact
resident
Caregivers
community
Values

Cite this

McConkey, Roy ; Sowney, Margaret ; Milligan, Victoria ; Barr, Owen. / Views of people with intellectual disabilities of their present and future living arrangements. 2005 ; Vol. 1. pp. 115-125.
@article{88c7b0728a62422eb93f8aadbb038b0a,
title = "Views of people with intellectual disabilities of their present and future living arrangements.",
abstract = "People with intellectual disabilities often have little influence over their choice of living arrangements. Little is known about what they value and their views on the range of options that are available. In this study, 180 people attended 20 focus groups across Northern Ireland. Just over half were living with family carers and the others were in a range of other accommodations. They described what they liked and did not like about their present arrangements and video clips were used to elicit their views of four different living options.Four themes were common to all participants irrespective of where they lived: having their own bedroom, participating in household activities; having access to community activities and contact with family and friends. Those living independently or in supported housing valued their independence and having access to support staff whereas those in residential homes spoke of the importance of their relationships with co-residents and staff. Those living in ordinary housing were more likely to report harassment and to stress the importance of living in a pleasant neighbourhood than did those in residential homes.Most people were content with their present locations although small group homes and supported living arrangements were the most popular alternatives to living with their families. The study confirmed the value of consulting directing with service users and proved an exemplar as to how it can be done. The discussion centres on how their preferences can be incorporated into policy and suggestions for further research are noted.",
author = "Roy McConkey and Margaret Sowney and Victoria Milligan and Owen Barr",
year = "2005",
month = "7",
day = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "1",
pages = "115--125",

}

Views of people with intellectual disabilities of their present and future living arrangements. / McConkey, Roy; Sowney, Margaret; Milligan, Victoria; Barr, Owen.

Vol. 1, 01.07.2005, p. 115-125.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Views of people with intellectual disabilities of their present and future living arrangements.

AU - McConkey, Roy

AU - Sowney, Margaret

AU - Milligan, Victoria

AU - Barr, Owen

PY - 2005/7/1

Y1 - 2005/7/1

N2 - People with intellectual disabilities often have little influence over their choice of living arrangements. Little is known about what they value and their views on the range of options that are available. In this study, 180 people attended 20 focus groups across Northern Ireland. Just over half were living with family carers and the others were in a range of other accommodations. They described what they liked and did not like about their present arrangements and video clips were used to elicit their views of four different living options.Four themes were common to all participants irrespective of where they lived: having their own bedroom, participating in household activities; having access to community activities and contact with family and friends. Those living independently or in supported housing valued their independence and having access to support staff whereas those in residential homes spoke of the importance of their relationships with co-residents and staff. Those living in ordinary housing were more likely to report harassment and to stress the importance of living in a pleasant neighbourhood than did those in residential homes.Most people were content with their present locations although small group homes and supported living arrangements were the most popular alternatives to living with their families. The study confirmed the value of consulting directing with service users and proved an exemplar as to how it can be done. The discussion centres on how their preferences can be incorporated into policy and suggestions for further research are noted.

AB - People with intellectual disabilities often have little influence over their choice of living arrangements. Little is known about what they value and their views on the range of options that are available. In this study, 180 people attended 20 focus groups across Northern Ireland. Just over half were living with family carers and the others were in a range of other accommodations. They described what they liked and did not like about their present arrangements and video clips were used to elicit their views of four different living options.Four themes were common to all participants irrespective of where they lived: having their own bedroom, participating in household activities; having access to community activities and contact with family and friends. Those living independently or in supported housing valued their independence and having access to support staff whereas those in residential homes spoke of the importance of their relationships with co-residents and staff. Those living in ordinary housing were more likely to report harassment and to stress the importance of living in a pleasant neighbourhood than did those in residential homes.Most people were content with their present locations although small group homes and supported living arrangements were the most popular alternatives to living with their families. The study confirmed the value of consulting directing with service users and proved an exemplar as to how it can be done. The discussion centres on how their preferences can be incorporated into policy and suggestions for further research are noted.

M3 - Article

VL - 1

SP - 115

EP - 125

ER -