Background: A faith-based (pseudonym, Adam?s House-AH) and a non-faith based care service (pseudonym, Greenleaves-GL) were explored to find out if and how spiritual support was provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Method: Six months were spent volunteering within each service and a mixed-methods approach was utilised including applied and ethnographic methods to explore and describe if and how spirituality was embedded within the two services. Results: Themes found included community of value; homely functional care; and barriers to spiritual care. GL staff tended to provide what we termed ?religious spiritual care? whilst AH staff administered both ?religious? and ?non-religious spiritual? based support. This difference may be related to the type of training found only at AH which included spiritual dimensions. Conclusion: Services could benefit from acknowledging the importance and significance of spiritual care training and education for effective and varied spiritual care for people with IDD who desire such support.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability|
|Early online date||27 Jul 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jul 2017|
- Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Spirituality, Spiritual care, Health care professionals, Faith and non-faith based care services.