Independent housing and support for people with severe mental illness

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Sophie Holding publishes her debut blog on a recent systematic review which finds that independent housing and support has great potential to improve outcomes for both homeless and non-homeless populations with serious mental illness.

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Moving on from home for adults with learning disabilities: families’ experiences

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What are the experiences of families who are supporting their adult sons and daughters with learning disabilities to move on to their own homes?

Here, Mandy Johnson looks at a study, which sets out to answer that question.

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Extra care housing vs nursing homes for disabled older people

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In her exploration of a Canadian study into extra care housing for older disabled people, Jo Moriatry gives a critical view of the research and offers some insights into what it means for the UK policy and practice context.

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Eight stories in film showing people with learning disabilities living their own lives

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Living your own life in your own home is something most of take for granted. It’s just something you do. We don’t tend to think about community, or independent living, or planning, we get on with it. This is not always the case for people with learning disabilities. In this post, we wanted to link [read the full story…]

Active support study finds shared supported accommodation services inefficient for more able people with learning disabilities

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Active support involves training staff in working practices and organisational procedures to improve levels of participation and increase levels of engagement in activities and the authors of this study have written about its effectiveness elsewhere In this study, they set out to explore the characteristics of the residents who were being supported by organisations implementing [read the full story…]

Front line managers remain key to quality outcomes in supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities

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One of the key findings of the early research into community services for people with learning disabilities who had lived in long stay institutions, was that the quality of first line management was one of the main factors affecting outcomes. This Australian study set out to look at the work of front-line managers in supported [read the full story…]

8 year study identifies predictors of people with learning disabilities moving from family home

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This longitudinal study followed a cohort of nearly 11,000 people with learning disabilities over a period of 8 years. The researchers were looking at issues relating to those people who had moved from family care and those who had remained. The majority of those followed , 85%, continued to live with their families. For 67%, [read the full story…]

No differences in adaptive behaviour found in those with triad of impairments and severe challenging behaviour.

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This study set out to investigate whether the triad of impairments and severe challenging behaviour had an impact on the lifestyle of adults living in staff-supported community housing using data collected on 427 adults living in 146 staffed houses. The authors found that after controlling for adaptive behaviour, there were no significant differences between those with [read the full story…]