Authors: Stacey Thomson and Neil Kirby, SA
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Accommodation and Rehabilitation, housing,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Supported Residential Facility (SRF) Assessment Tool was developed in Adelaide, South Australia by the SRF Assessment Team of the Department for Families and Communities in consultation with the Disabilities Research Unit (DRU) at the University of Adelaide. The instrument is used to determine support needs in service planning and resource allocation for people with a wide range of disabilities and disorders living in supported residential facilities (SRFs). This study examined the validity of the SRF Assessment by comparing the scores of 60 residents on the SRF Assessment with their scores on the already validated Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS). Significant correlations between overall scores of the SRF Assessment and the HoNOS supported the concurrent validity of the SRF Assessment. However, there were no significant correlations between the sub-scores of the two assessments. Nor were there significant relationships between overall score on the SRF Assessment or HoNOS and whether needs were assessed as increasing or stable; nor with the presence or absence of multiple disabilities or co-morbid medical issues. However, sample sizes were small. The SRF Assessment was shown to have good internal consistency. While these results provide some support for the continued use of the SRF Assessment in service planning and resource allocation, refinement of the test is needed to further enhance its validity.