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Outcomes and costs of community living: semi-independent living and fully staffed group homes

Felce, David, Perry, Jonathan, Romeo, Renee, Robertson, Janet, Meek, Andrea, Emerson, Eric and Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215 (2008) Outcomes and costs of community living: semi-independent living and fully staffed group homes. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 113 (2). pp. 87-101. ISSN 0895-8017

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Identification Number: 10.1352/0895-8017(2008)113[87:OACOCL]2.0.CO;2


In a matched-groups design, costs and quality of life outcomes for adults with intellectual disabilities with relatively low support needs were compared between those in fully staffed group homes (n = 35) and in semi-independent living (n = 35). Data were collected on participant characteristics, setting organization, various lifestyle outcomes, and costs. There were no differences in the majority of lifestyle outcome measures. Fully staffed participants had better outcomes in money management and some health indicators. Semi-independent living participants had better outcomes for choice and community activities undertaken without staff support. Costs for semi-independent living were less. On balance, semi-independent living could offer certain cost-effective lifestyle advantages provided that sufficient attention is given to health, living, and financial well-being.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2009 11:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:43

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