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Staff perceptions of communication difficulty among nursing home residents

Author(s): Erber, N. P.

Journal/Book: Aust J Ageing. 1996; 15: Level 2, 3 Bowen Crescent, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia. Council Ageing. 127-131.

Abstract: Hearing and vision impairment are prevalent among older people ill long-term care, contributing to their communication difficulties. Data on 44,012 nursing home residents were obtained with the Resident Classification instrument, a rating scale designed to determine each resident's need for nursing and personal care, and hence entitlement to Federal funding. Comparison with related studies suggests that nursing home staff in Australia underestimate the contribution hearing loss makes to the communication difficulties of the residents in their care. All alternative approach to the assessment of the communication needs of residents is recommended to permit a more accurate assessment of needs.

Note: Article LG Burnip, Flinders Univ S Australia, Sch Educ, Dept Special Educ, GPO 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia


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