Background Most people with a disability want to remain living in their own home as they age. Without additional support, people with a disability may not be able to avoid moving into residential aged care, attending day programs, or becoming isolated from participation in the wider community. This study examined whether participants perceived access to community-based aged care supports assisted with avoiding receiving more institutional models of service as they age. Method Qualitative research processes were used to explore the perceptions of 60 individuals with a disability aged 50 years and over, in relation to ageing and the value of community-based aged care. Results Findings indicated that participants receiving community-based aged care supports reported benefits including opportunities to develop relationships, maintain daily living skills and participate in community activities. Conclusion Due to a lack of confidence in the availability of access to mainstream community-based aged care services, many participants felt vulnerable or unsure about their future and ability to remain living in their own home. Several participants commented that this meant that an undesired early relocation into residential aged care or congregate disability services appeared inevitable.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2011|
- Community-based aged care supports
- Disability and ageing