A tool to determine support needs for community life
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A tool to determine support needs for community life

Sandra Swanton Practice development project nurse, COPE Foundation, Cork, Ireland
Siobhan Walsh Clinical nurse manager, COPE Foundation, Cork, Ireland
Ronan O’Murchu Clinical nurse specialists, behavioural therapy, COPE Foundation, Cork, Ireland
Pat O’Flynn Clinical nurse specialists, behavioural therapy, COPE Foundation, Cork, Ireland

A study shows how the Supports Intensity Scale assists nurses in improving quality of life, say Sandra Swanton and colleagues

The Supports Intensity Scale, its background and a project designed to evaluate its use in planning support for people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour are explained. The authors conclude that the scale can help nurses develop a support plan that will meet each client’s specific needs and preferences in a positive, fulfilling way.

Learning Disability Practice. 13, 8,24-26. doi: 10.7748/ldp2010.10.13.8.24.c8019

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