The residential care provider role is significant in coordinating support systems with interdisciplinary providers for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite the important role of residential care providers, they are required to comply with disability-related legislations specific to community and intermediate care facilities. A hermeneutic phenomenological design and social constructivism conceptual framework were used to understand residential care administrators’ perceptions about challenges in coordinating support systems. This study addressed gaps and paucity in previous literature because less is known, and few studies specifically address challenges experienced by research participants. There are more studies about informal caregivers’ experiences in coordinating care for individuals with intellectual disabilities than formal caregivers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight residential care administrators in Southern California. The van Kaam’s seven steps procedures was used to analyze and interpret data in this study. The following five major themes emerged from the data analysis and interpretation: (a) being an advocate, collaborator, and coordinator at the same time; (b) having to be sound in interprofessional communication and collaboration; (c) being concerned about staff shortage and high turnover rate of direct support staff; (d) being appreciative of the value of disability-related legislations; and (e) being concerned about varying degrees of awareness regarding the value of disability-related legislations. The research findings give significant voice to residential care providers and may be used for training to enhance effective interprofessional communication and collaboration in coordinating support systems.
|Commitee:||Rose, Michelle A., Underdahl, Louise|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management, Disability studies, Social work|
|Keywords:||Coordinating, Disability-related legislations, Intellectual and developmental disabilities, Interdisciplinary providers, Residential care administrators, Support systems|
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