Using a family centred care approach in hearing rehabilitation for older adults & their significant others

Contact Name: Nerina Scarinci

Contact Email: n.scarinci@uq.edu.au

Dr Nerina Scarinci is a Lecturer in Speech Pathology and Audiology at The University of Queensland. Her research primarily focuses on the application of family-centred care principles for adults and children with a communication disability, and their family members. She has a special interest in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and it’s application to communication disability, and third-party disability. Nerina completed her doctoral studies in 2009, which focused on the impact of hearing impairment in older adults on significant others.

Research into the barriers and facilitators to hearing rehabilitation in older adults with hearing impairment highlights the critical role of family members in the rehabilitation process. This involvement of family members reflects current trends towards family-centred care in audiology, where services are planned around the entire family, not just the individual client, and where the entire family is recognized as receivers of care. The application of family-centred care to hearing rehabilitation also addresses the potential impact of hearing impairment on the entire family unit, with previous research indicating that family members also experience activity limitations and participation restrictions as a result of a significant other’s hearing loss. This lecture will explore the role of family members in hearing rehabilitation for older adults, including a discussion of the perspective of audiologists, older adults with hearing impairment, and family members. Barriers and facilitators to family member involvement will also be discussed.

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