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RIWC_PARA_A155 deafness and aging

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RIWC_PARA_A155 deafness and aging

  1. 1. The Deaf Elderly: Inclusion, Participation and Social Care Funded by
  2. 2. Inhalt 1. Initial Situation: Project SIGMA – goals – methods – results – consequences 2. Project GIA – goals – levels of action
  3. 3. Inhalt University of Cologne Faculty of Human Sciences Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation  Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaul  Frank Menzel (†)  Anne Gelhardt  Nele Büchler
  4. 4. Project SIGMA: Situation of Deaf Elderly People 2006 - 2009 Customer
  5. 5. Research Objectives: SIGMA • Exploration of the living conditions and individual resources of elderly Deaf people • Eamination of Quality and Quantity of services and measures for elderly Deaf people – Information and Consulting – Health Care – Living in old age – Education and leisure options – Supply by care needs and dementia
  6. 6. Who was surveyed? Target groups Methods Deaf people aged 55 and over Qualitative interviews with approx.. 40 persons Experts, who have contact to elderly Deaf people - Open single and groupinterviews - Written survey (Internet) Institutions and organisations, who counsell and consult elderly Deaf people - Nursing and retirement homes (representative survey) - Specific living supplies for elderly Deaf people für gehörlose (total survey)
  7. 7. Results: resources • The family network is not highly meshed. • The is a close network with the Deaf community. • The Deaf community is active! (senior clubs, consulting, information, volontary and honorary work,...) • If mobility is reduced, the contact and access to the Deaf community is very difficult or impossible. • Elderly Deaf people are more isolated.
  8. 8. Results: Access to information • Deaf people are not well informed about supply, offers and legal claims and rights. • General information are not accessible. • Specific Information in sign language is rare.
  9. 9. Results: Knowledge in institutions • Healthcare professionals are not well informed about the specific and communicative needs of elderly Deaf people. • This lack of knowledge leads to a not appropriate care. • Legal claims and rights will not be exercised.
  10. 10. Results: Healthcare • There are only some specific offers and supply for elderly Deaf people, which take the specific needs into account. • In most cases there is no possibility to get a specific and appropriate healthcare. • Itis always hard for Deaf people to make decisions to stay where they live – without specific support – or to go to an institution (in another town) where they get an appropriate supply
  11. 11. What must be done?
  12. 12. Recommanded actions 1. Structural development: Extension of specific offers and networks 2. Information, explanation and awareness 3. Quality management: Qualification and standardisation
  13. 13. Pilot project GIA: (The Eldery Deaf) Competence Center for Elderly Deaf People (with Dementia) Auftraggeber
  14. 14. Goals Improving the supply and support for eldery Deaf People (with dementia) • Better access to general offers for elderly peoply • Expansion of the specific offers and supply for elderly Deaf people
  15. 15. Content • Design, testing and evaluation of two competence centres • Development of information material • Creating recommendations of action
  16. 16. Competence centres Design, testing and evaluation of two competence centres
  17. 17. Competence Centres: Target Groupes • Elderly Deaf people • Relatives and other related persons of elderly Deaf people • Institutions, professionals und associations health and nursing care • Institutions, professionals und associations of the Deaf
  18. 18. Kompetenzzentren: Leistungen  Beratung und Vermittlung  Information und Aufklärung  Vernetzung und Entwicklung
  19. 19. Consulting Examples: •Support to find appropriate offers (i.e. healthcare, nursing, ....) • Consulting of institution, which want to set up a specific offer for Deaf people.
  20. 20. Information Examples • Organizing and performing of informatin events for elderly Deaf people: • How will I live in old age? • What is a patient decee? • What is dementia? • Collectiong and developing of appropriate information material
  21. 21. Development and Networks Support examples: •Planning, design and implementation of trainings for Deaf volunteers (i.e. accompainment of Deaf people with dementia) •Planning, design and implementation of specific offers for elderly Deaf people (i.e. sign language based).
  22. 22. Challenges In times of resource shortages it is very difficult to convince politicians to support and - last but not least - to finance necessary competence centres.

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