The training needs of staff supporting individuals ageing with intellectual disability

S Wark, Rafat Hussain, H Edwards

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    Background: The issue of ageing within the cohort of people with intellectual disabilities has been an increasing focus for research. However, the training needs of the staff who support them has not been subject of extensive examination. Materials and Methods: A multiround Delphi project was conducted focusing upon the impact ageing issues have on the support provided by disability workers, and what training is required to address the identified areas. Results: Three rounds of the Delphi identified twenty-six separate important issues. A thematic analysis identified five main themes including Generic Training Issues; Medical Issues; Emerging Ageing Issues Requiring Changing Support; Mental Health Issues; and Quality of Life. Conclusions: The study identified a series of training priorities for staff assisting people ageing with an intellectual disability. It would appear possible for many training programmes to be developed and delivered with minimal cost impacts even within rural localities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-288
    Number of pages16
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014


    • Ageing
    • Intellectual disability
    • Rural
    • Staff
    • Training
    • Workers

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