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Study TitleQuality, staffing and standards in Commonwealth subsidised hostels for the aged,: File f1c
Primary InvestigatorDepartment of Community Services
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00490-f1c
AbstractThis study was commissioned by the Department of Social Security to investigate the quality of hostel care, accommodation and staffing; to recommend methods of measuring the disabilities of residents, and their care needs; and to determine the type and minimum numbers of staff required to provide and maintain care. Three different types of survey instrument were used in this study. The first, a summary of the residents and the characteristics of the hostel was completed by an appropriate hostel administrator. Information was collected on characteristics of the hostel (number of beds, admission criteria etc), staffing levels, hostel expenditure and questions were also asked about the type of social and physical environment in which the hostel operated. The second form utilised two different data sources: information provided by the hostel staff and hostel records concerning the residents surveyed, and the other collected in a personal interview with the residents themselves. The questions covered admission details, demographic data, involvement in activities, satisfaction with quality of care and quality of life, and physical, mental and emotional health status. Sections of the instrument were devoted to both staff and resident perceptions of the resident's health and well-being in order to ensure that one perspective did not dominate. The third questionnaire was administered to a relative or friend nominated by the resident as visiting reasonably frequently. Questions covered perceptions of the quality of care in the hostel, amount of contact with the resident, and an assessment of the resident's health, activities of daily living, satisfaction and coping abilities.
Production Date (documentation)1988-07-27
Bibliographic CitationDepartment of Community Services. Quality, staffing and standards in Commonwealth subsidised hostels for the aged, [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, 1988.
CopyrightCopyright © 2005, Department of Community Services and Health. All rights reserved.
ContactSheridan, S. Department of Community Services and Health G.P.O. Box 9848 Canberra City, A.C.T. 2601
Contact AffiliationDepartment of Community Services and Health
Study Scope Content
Topic ClassificationsAustralian studies;Social welfare;Specific social services
KeywordsAged;Aged care;Family;Health;Health services;Nursing homes;Stress (psychological)
Population (Universe)hostels for the aged which were in receipt of the hostel care or personal care subsidy from the Department of Community Services in April 1985, in respect of any residents aged 65 or older, throughout Australia, excepting those: (1) in the Northern Territory (2) specifically for the elderly of religious orders (3) providing supportive accommodation for non-aged disabled e.g. the blind (4) with 6 or fewer beds (5) in remote areas, which were replaced in the sample.
Date of Collection
Start date - Data Collection: 1985-08-01 End date - Data Collection: 1985-08-01
Time Period
Time Period - Start: 1985-08-01 Time Period - End: 1985-08-01
Methodology Content
Sampling Procedurestratified random sample with quota The sample was stratified to ensure that the size, state, and personal/hostel care composition were represented proportionally. The allocation to states was approximately proportional to the number of hostels in each state, with slightly greater representation being given to the smaller states to ensure that there was an adequate number of hostels from these states for analysis purposes. The number of residents sampled in each hostel was kept as close as possible to a target of twenty residents. The selection of residents to be included in the sample for each hostel was made on site, from an alphabetical list of all residents supplied by the hostel administration. The appropriate number of residents was selected from this list after a random start by selecting for example every third resident in a hostel of sixty residents. In hostels of less than twenty residents, all residents were to be included in the survey. Sample units for the friends/relatives survey were nominated by hostel residents, and number less than the residents interviewed due to lack of nominations, inaccurate addresses and non-response.
Data Kindsurvey
Data Access Content
Deposit Information Content
DepositorSheridan, S. Department of Community Services and Health G.P.O. Box 9848 Canberra City, A.C.T. 2601
Deposit Date1988-07-27
Other Content
Mode of Data Collectionself completion (distribute, collect) personal interview self completion (mail out, mail back) an hostel administrator completed the questionnaire on staffing and other administrative matters within the hostel; personal interviews were undertaken with residents of the hostels; an immediate friend or relative nominated by the resident was posted a mail survey questionnaire
CommentThis study was commissioned by the Department of Social Security to investigate the quality of hostel care, accommodation and staffing; to recommend methods of measuring the disabilities of residents, and their care needs; and to determine the type and minimum numbers of staff required to provide and maintain care. Three different types of survey instrument were used in this study. The first, a summary of the residents and the characteristics of the hostel was completed by an appropriate hostel administrator. Information was collected on characteristics of the hostel (number of beds, admission criteria etc), staffing levels, hostel expenditure and questions were also asked about the type of social and physical environment in which the hostel operated. The second form utilised two different data sources: information provided by the hostel staff and hostel records concerning the residents surveyed, and the other collected in a personal interview with the residents themselves. The questions covered admission details, demographic data, involvement in activities, satisfaction with quality of care and quality of life, and physical, mental and emotional health status. Sections of the instrument were devoted to both staff and resident perceptions of the resident's health and well-being in order to ensure that one perspective did not dominate. The third questionnaire was administered to a relative or friend nominated by the resident as visiting reasonably frequently. Questions covered perceptions of the quality of care in the hostel, amount of contact with the resident, and an assessment of the resident's health, activities of daily living, satisfaction and coping abilities.
Study Creation Date2011-04-18 17:58:39 UTC
Data CollectorsPeat, Marwick and Mitchell Services
Bibliographic Citation (documentation)Department of Community Services. Quality, staffing and standards in Commonwealth subsidised hostels for the aged, [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, 1988.
Copyright (documentation)Copyright © 2005, The Australian National University. All rights reserved.
Producer (documentation)Australian Data Archive
Title (documentation)Quality, staffing and standards in Commonwealth subsidised hostels for the aged,: File f1c
WeightingWeighting Criteria Comparisons of critical parameters, estimated from the sample, with the population values, indicates that the sample was acceptably representative and national estimates can be made without weighting.
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00490-f1c
LabelQuality, staffing and standards in Commonwealth subsidised hostels for the aged,: File f1c
Languageen
ADA Processing LevelLevel 2
Production Date2004-08-26
ADA Study LevelLevel 2
Version ResponsibilityAustralian Data Archive
Time Methodcross-sectional (one-time) study
WeightingWeighting Criteria Comparisons of critical parameters, estimated from the sample, with the population values, indicates that the sample was acceptably representative and national estimates can be made without weighting.
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