Residential transitions impact the lives of older adults with developmental disabilities in a number of ways. Using an ecological perspective, the authors discuss the issues associated with residential transitions at each layer of the environment. The case study of Dan, a 75 year old man with a developmental disability who was abruptly moved from his long term residence, provides a context for discussing the implications for therapeutic recreation professionals in facilitating such transitions and the resultant implications for research. Discussing factors that directly and indirectly influence one’s ability to adapt to changes in residential environments, the authors argue for increased individual, family, and friend involvement in relocations, best practice guidelines that have been tested in collaboration with other disciplines, and changes in perceptions of professional client obligations.
Author Sharon A. Jacobson, Barbara C. Wilhite
Volume Vol 33, No 3 (1999)