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Making life good in the community is a three year research project that examed how best to support people with an intellectual disability living in group homes to lead fulfilling lives.

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State Government of Victoria, 2008, Department of Human Services, Victoria
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Sheet 2 (Data)

Table 1
Demographic information for the residents at 96 High Street
Resident Age Years lived at KRS Level of intellectual disability Communication level (Triple C Bloomberg and West, 1999)
Alberto 42 42 Moderate Stage 5
Aphrodite 64 42[1] Severe Stage 6
Brian 43 32 Moderate Stage 6
Sarah 55 50 Severe Stage 6
Simon 51 40 n/a n/a[2]
Rose 55 47 Moderate Stage 6
[1] Aphrodite moved to KRS in 1963 from another institution.
[2] When we collected this data it was not available for Simon. Our observations revealed that he had the highest level of adaptive behaviour and had the best spoken language of the six residents. An older profile of Simon that we did read stated that he  mainly uses speech to communicate .
Table 2
Summary of community activities  May 2006
Brian s activities Frequency
Hairdresser 1
Shopping 4
Bowling 1
Swimming 1
Train ride 1
Schwerkolt Cottage and Historical Museum 1
Total 9
Table 3
Brian: Summary of community activities  May to July 2006
Activity Frequency
Brian May June July Total
Hairdresser 1 1
Shopping 4 2 1 7
Bowling 1 1 2
Swimming 1 1
Train ride 1 1 2
Schwerkolt Cottage 1 1
Church 1 1 2
Party at Temple Court 1 1
Eat out 1 1
Trip to Port Melbourne 1 1
Library 1 1
Circus 1 1
Total 9 7 5 21
Table 4
Size of  resident group participating in recorded external activities
Number of service-users present at activity Number of activities
Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Total % %
1 1 5 2 1 4 0 1 11 25 17.7 17.7
2 1 5 10 4 5 6 2 6 39 27.6 82.3
3 2 3 6 3 6 1 0 1 22 15.6
4 2 2 1 1 3 2 1 2 14 9.9
5 1 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 7 4.9
6 2 1 7 6 1 4 2 2 25 17.7
7+ 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 9 6.3
Table 5
Strategies for getting to know a person
Where to go for information (Brost and Johnson, 1982, p.29-30) Finding out about the person (Disability Services Division, 2007, p.29)
The person being assessed is the first and most important source of information. The person must be consulted at every stage of the process; his/her preferences carry the most weight. Listen to them
Observing in many service settings and environments Spending time with them in different situations and different settings
Talking to all significant others Talking with others who know them well
Checking files and records Although this section does not specifically mention written records it is possibly implicit in the following:  Depending on its relevance, a person s life history and personal information may be gathered from a number of life stages and areas of importance
Table 6
Determining individual preferences
(Adapted from Brost and Johnson, 1982, p.44)
What an individual prefers might be influenced by: How a keyworker interprets  personal preferences might be influenced by:
the number and kind of experiences or opportunities the person has had for how long and how well the keyworker knows the person
what, how, and for how long the individual had received services the values of the keyworker
the opinions and preferences of family members, guardians, advocates and significant others how willing and capable the keyworker is at interacting with the person
the number of ways available to express desires what limits the keyworker sets on a person s capacity for growth and learning
the skills and resources the person possesses and can use in alternate situations

 

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