CARL Research Reports 2011

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    Respite care services for families caring for a person with an intellectual disability: decision making, experience and models of respite
    (Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2011-06) Coll, Monica; Scully, Siobhan; Burns, Kenneth; Hurley, Mary; Home Share Clare/Brothers of Charity; Civil Society Organization
    Background to Study: This study aimed to evaluate how family based models of respite care locate themselves within the current climate of respite care provision with a view to informing the C.S.O. involved (Home Share Clare) on the future provision of their family based respite service. The research compared this model to the more traditional model of community based residential respite care through both a literature review and primary research carried out with participants that use both models of respite care. In doing so the research aimed to understand how carers came to the decision to use respite services, their feelings surrounding this and their experiences of using two particular models of respite care.
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    A review of the CONNECT home visitation project from the perspective of the service user
    (Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2011-04-19) Quirke, Michael; Rice, Rachel; Maine Valley Family Centre; Civil Society Organization
    This research study was conducted on the CONNECT home visitation project which aims to alleviate loneliness among older people. The project trains volunteers to carry out a weekly one hour home visit. The volunteer talks and listens to the older people. The concept of loneliness was explored and its subjective nature outlined. Interviews were conducted with the older people to obtain their views and satisfaction with the service as well as ideas on improvements. The research indicates that the project is perceived to be a positive element to their lives. Clearer communication was the main source of recommendations made. It became evident that the older people required a better understanding of some of the elements of the project and that clearer communication would aid this.
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    An evaluation of St. Michael’s House contract family short break scheme
    (Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2011-04-19) Ryan, Mary; McCaughren, Simone; St. Michael's House; Civil Society Organization
    This dissertation examines the experience of St. Michael’s House Contract Family Short Break Scheme for service users and their families. It uses two major research strategies to evaluate the scheme; (1) documentary research in the form of a literature review; and (2) qualitative research in the form of interviews with families of service users. The literature provides a platform for the study by exploring the care needs of children with an intellectual disability and how short breaks can support families in providing this care. The findings of this study show service users and their families are pleased with the scheme and satisfied with the quality of care provided. However, the study recommends promotion of the scheme to increase awareness of the service so that more families can utilise this important family support and expansion the service in order to create capacity for more breaks to be made available to current service users and their families.