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The experiences of registered intellectual disability nurses caring for the older person with intellectual disability

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Aim and objectives. To explore the experiences of registered intellectual disability nurses
caring for the older person with intellectual disability.
Background. Increased longevity for the older person with intellectual disability is relatively
a new phenomenon with social and medical factors having significantly increased the
lifespan. The ageing population of people with intellectual disability is growing in Ireland,
and they are outliving or expected to outlive their family carers.
Design. A qualitative Heideggerigan phenomenological approach allowed the researcher
become immersed in the essence of meaning and analyse how registered intellectual
disability nurses working with the older person perceive, experience and express their
experience of caring.
Methods. After ethical approval was granted, data were collected through semi-structured
interviews from seven participants and were transcribed and analysed thematically using
Burnard’s framework for data analysis.
Results. Three key themes were identified: ‘care delivery’, ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘clientfocused
care’. The study highlights the need for effective planning, an integrated approach to
services and that the registered intellectual disability nurse needs to be integrated into the care
delivery system within the health service to support client and family carers in the home
environment.
Conclusions. Overall, the study shows the importance of teamwork, proactive planning,
inclusion, attitudes, individualised care, knowing the person and best practice in providing
care for older people with intellectual disability.
Relevance to clinical practice. This paper reports on the findings of a study which explored
the experiences of caring for the older person with intellectual disability. Teamwork,
proactive planning, client-centred approach and supporting clients living at home are
important as ageing is inevitable.

Suggested citation:

. () The experiences of registered intellectual disability nurses caring for the older person with intellectual disability [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/853880 [Accessed: 21st July 2018].

  

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