Blackwell Scientific on behalf of the Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research vol:44 issue:5 pages:544-552
The present article describes the development of a general model for the evaluation, enhancement and assurance of quality of care processes in residential facilities for children and adults with intellectual disability The framework is based on current theories regarding quality of life and quality evaluation, on a consensus between several participants in Delphi discussion-rounds, and on a questionnaire for care providers and clients in all Flemish residential facilities. The model describes 13 quality standards and a list of indicators concerning organization and support interventions. Facilities may use this set of criteria and indicators in several ways within a continuous and dynamic system of internal quality assurance. Finally, the prospects of and conditions for the implementation of this model are discussed.