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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Paper Session #72
CE Offered: BACB
Evaluation of Residential Services for Older Adults With Intellectual Disabilities / Developmental Disabilities Residing in the Community
Saturday, May 29, 2021
12:00 PM–12:25 PM
Online
Area: CSS
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Tanya Hough (PENDING)
CE Instructor: Tanya Hough, M.S.
 

Evaluation of Residential Services for Older Adults With Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities Residing in the Community

Domain: Service Delivery
TANYA HOUGH (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Jack Spear (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
 
Abstract:

People with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities in the United States are living longer in recent decades. People 65 and older are in better health than previous decades due to more awareness of the beneficial effects of a healthy diet, preventative medical care, and physical exercise. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living longer as well. However, this presents challenges in meeting the needs of this population. This paper details the results of a survey developed to assess several areas of services, including social engagement, health-related services, group home environment, and staff training and development, were evaluated to identify areas in need of improvement. Participants consisted of 95 direct care staff working for a not-for-profit agency providing residential services to adults with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities. The results of the survey indicate that need for improving social engagement opportunities for older adults residing in the community and more training on working with older adults with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities for direct care staff in a residential setting. The goal of the current study was to examine residential services through the eyes of direct care staff to see if the increasing needs of older adults with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities are being met.

 
Target Audience: Target audience is intermediate, including junior BCBAs working within the first 5 years of their certifications and practitioners and/or supervisors working with older adults with ASD/ID/DD.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) use assessment to evaluate the effectiveness and quality of their services provided to older adults with ASD/ID/DD; (2) use assessment to identify areas in their organization that need to be address to enhance the quality of services provided to older adults with ASD/ID/DD.
 

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