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People Under 50 With Acquired Brain Injury Living in Residential Aged Care

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2012

Dianne Winkler*
Summer Foundation, Melbourne, Australia.
Sue Sloan
Osborn, Sloan & Associates, Melbourne, Australia.
Libby Callaway
Monash University, Australia; Neuroskills, Melbourne, Australia.
*Address for correspondence: Dianne Winkler, PO Box 208, Blackburn VIC 3130, Australia.


Objectives: The aim of this article is to describe the characteristics, needs and preferences of people under 50 with an acquired brain injury (ABI) living in residential aged care in Victoria and examine implications for service development. Participants: Sixty-one people under 50 with an ABI living in residential aged care in the state of Victoria. Measures: Care and Needs Scale, Community Integration Questionnaire, Overt Behaviour Scale, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale — ABI Version, Role Checklist, Resident Choice Scale. Results: The younger people with ABI in this study were a diverse group with a complex range of health and support needs that were not being adequately met within residential aged care. Many people (44%) required the highest level of support, indicating they could not be left alone while 26% could be left for part of the day and overnight. Most people (81%) and their support networks indicated they would like to explore moving out from residential aged care into community accommodation settings. Conclusions: This article provides clear direction for the development of services to meet the care needs of this group, to enable them to participate in the life of the community and to pursue a lifestyle of choice.

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