Working with older people with communication difficulties: an evaluation of care worker training.

Bryan, Karen and Axelrod, Lesley and Maxim, Jane and Bell, Linda and Jordan, Lesley (2002) Working with older people with communication difficulties: an evaluation of care worker training. Aging and mental health, 6 (3). pp. 248-254. ISSN 1360-7863

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Studies suggest that a high proportion of older people in residential and nursing care have communication difficulties and there is some awareness of the need for staff training to allow effective communication to be achieved. This paper describes part of the evaluation of a one-day training package aimed at enabling care staff to communicate with older people who have a variety of communication difficulties. Care staff from four partner agencies completed questionnaires pre- and post-training, addressing contact with people with communication disorders, previous training on communication, knowledge about communication, attitudes towards communication problems and strategies to help communication with people who have communication difficulties. Positive gains were found in attitudes and self-perceptions of knowledge and competence, as well as in appropriate citations of strategies to enhance communication. The findings are discussed with reference to the need for enhanced communication skills in care workers engendered by current developments in care policy.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Health and Education
Citations on ISI Web of Science:5
ID Code:4917
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