Bridging the residential crossroads for aging adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ontario

A qualitative review – rehabINK | A world of rehabilitation research, practice, and advocacy

By Denise DuBois & Zinnia Batliwalla

In 2016 the Ombudsman of Ontario released Nowhere to Turn, a report which lambasted the government about the residential crisis currently facing Ontario’s developmental sector. According to Nowhere to Turn, there are few system safeguards to ensure that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are not inappropriately placed in long-term care (LTC) homes, nor are there proactive policies to support aging-in-place for adults with IDD. Recent statistics demonstrate that aging adults with IDD are placed in LTC at younger ages and at higher frequency than adults without IDD in Ontario. A year after Nowhere to Turn’s release, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) jointly released Guidelines for Supporting Adults with a Developmental Disability When Applying To, Moving Into and Residing In a Long-Term Care Home.

Source: Bridging the residential crossroads for aging adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ontario: A qualitative review – rehabINK | A world of rehabilitation research, practice, and advocacy

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